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MacLaren to share his story of hope
The winner of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award will speak at Mission Inn.
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS -- While attending the U.S. Open last year with Justine Henin-Hardenne's coach and friend Carlos Rodriguez, Cesar Villarroel got a chance to listen to Jim MacLaren's story.
Villarroel, the director of tennis and fitness at Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort, thought he needed to bring MacLaren and his positive story to Lake County to speak to a mixture of athletes and business people alike.
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Jim appeared on Jim Rome's show "JIM ROME IS BURNING" on ESPN Tuesday, January 24th at 4:30PM EST.
New Haven Register
July 10, 2005, MacLaren's 'gift': Persevering through paralysis
To bathe the inspirational Jim MacLaren entirely in sunlight would be to deny his journey out of the darkness.
If life was indeed fair to MacLaren, this Hollywood handsome Yale graduate, ex-defensive lineman and drama student, would have been sun-kissed literally on the silver screen, figuratively in Broadway lights.
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SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE, October, 2005
"JIM MACLAREN INHALES DEEPLY while watching a replay of his acceptance of the 2005 Arthur Ashe Courage Award, presented at July’s ESPY Awards (the Oscars of the sporting world). As presenter Oprah Winfrey tells the star-studded audience MacLaren has “given new life to those around the world who need it most,” he swallows hard, overcome by the flooding memory of the evening’s “lovefest.”
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THE INDOMITABLE JIM MacLaren, "GQ magazine calls him "The Indomitable Jim MacLaren." Bob Babbitt, editor and publisher, Competitor magazine, calls him "the Babe Ruth of Amputee Athletes." In his autobiography, Climbing the Mountain: My Search for Meaning, Kirk Douglas names Jim "his hero." Mostly, people call Jim MacLaren an inspiration. Having survived two near fatal accidents, which resulted in the loss of one leg and then confinement to a wheelchair, Jim MacLaren has delved deep into finding out how our perceived handicaps can be our greatest gifts. Through motivational speaking and consulting, he shares this with others. A world-record holder for disabled athletes for the Hawaii Ironman, Jim does so with courage, conviction, grace and a sense of humor that uplifts and inspires." Click here to watch Monty Hall present Jim with the IDEA Inspiration Award and hear his acceptance speech.
COMPETITOR MAGAZINE, "I walk to the back of his rented home in La Jolla and Jim MacLaren takes me through his typical workout. I imagine that it's quite a bit different from what he did as a 300-pound football player at Yale before he was hit by a New York City bus, thrown 90 feet in the air and declared dead on arrival.
He recovered from that accident, losing his leg below the knee and basically pulverizing his ribs and internal organs. So what did Jim MacLaren do? He didn't hang out feeling sorry for himself. Instead, MacLaren reinvented himself and became the Babe Ruth of amputee athletes, running a 3:16 marathon and finishing the Ironman Triathlon in 10:42. That is, of course, with the level of prosthetic available in the late 1980s, which is like comparing that eras Ford Pinto to a 2005 Ferrari...." Complete article at competitor.com.
GOOD MORNING AMERICA, Oct. 16, 2005, Look for Jim on Good Morning America during the week of October 17th. Check your local TV listings for time.
SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, Oct. 03, 2005, "Inside Out" John Genzale reports: "The USTA’s Pat Freebody was looking for someone different this year to address the tennis teachers conference. She decided on Jim MacLaren, the 2005 Arthur Ashe Courage Award recipient at the 2005 ESPY Awards. The former Yale football player turned actor turned amputee triathlete was the inspiration for the title character in a coming documentary titled “Emmanuel."
SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE, Nov. 1, 2003, "Inspiration Point" Don Norcross interviews Jim on upcoming 10th anniversary of the San Diego Triathlon Challenge. Click below for the full story.
LA JOLLA LIGHT, Oct. 30, 2003, "Up to the Challenge" Lance Vargas does an in depth article featuring Jim and his contributions to the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the 10th Annual San Diego Triathlon Challenge.
COMPETITION FITNESS MAGAZINE, Oct., 2003, "A Deep Connection" Jim MacLaren personally tells his story and the tremendous impact the CAF has had upon his life.
READER'S DIGEST, Feb., 2003, "Why Me?" Elizabeth Gilbert's revised and updated article originally featured in GQ MAGAZINE (May 2002).
GQ MAGAZINE, May 2002, "Lucky Jim" Elizabeth Gilbert writes an extensive feature upon "The Indomitable" Jim MacLaren. Gilbert relates how he has turned tragedy into triumph.
Past Coverage and Appearances
"San Diego Insider", Cox 4SD, Nov. 27, 2002
ABC GOOD MORNING AMERICA
CBS THIS MORNING