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Athlete shares stories to inspire students to never give up


CANFIELD, Ohio - Some Valley students have learned a valuable lesson on never giving up.

Motivational Speaker Kyle Maynard shared his message of reaching goals and facing challenges head-on with a student-packed auditorium at South Range High School on Wednesday.

Born with arms that end at his elbows and legs that end at his knees, Maynard was born with a condition known as congenital amputation.

While he's independent in many ways, the nationally recognized wrestler says not everything came easy to him. "I'm guilty of this too myself as well. We expect to be good at stuff right away, we expect stuff to be easy or come natural to us and it doesn't," Maynard said.

Maynard was a 2004, 2005 ESPY winner. He told the students the story of how he and some friends climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and his efforts to work with wounded veterans.

He recently turned a page in his life to become the author of the New York Times bestseller "No Excuses."

His message to the students at South Range appeared to have stuck with some.

"If I ever want to do something that someone says that I can't, I should just keep trying," said 8th grader Jonathan Meals.

Maynard's in the business to inspire and he's now traveling the country hoping to do so one school, classroom or student at a time.

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