Lower Campus Chapel welcomed the national speaker and leader, Kyle Pease, founder of the Kyle Pease Foundation, a nonprofit that helps disabled athletes participate and succeed in sports. Kyle shared his triumphant story, including getting diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 6 months old, playing sports with his brothers while growing up, graduating from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Sports Management in 2008, founding the non-profit in 2011, and completing five Ironman triathlons with his brother Brent while reminding students that they can do anything they set their mind to.
One of Lower Campus’ Upstander Values is Grit, the courage to resolve and strength of character. Kyle embodies this Upstander Value perfectly, giving Lower Campus students someone to admire and model.
Lower Campus Head of Community & Culture, Elisse Hayes supplemented Kyle’s message by saying, “His speech was a message of inclusivity, humility, and Impact. We need to include our friends in all different situations, including being nice when our friends can’t throw a ball as well as we can or if they can’t run as fast as others. It goes a long way when we are kind and inclusive to our friends.”
Students were invited to reflect on their experience and share what they took away from meeting Kyle. Some examples can be seen below.