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Team Hoyt and the Hoyt Foundation

July 10, 2017

Team Hoyt and the Hoyt Foundation

Yes You Can!

The Hoyt Foundation aspires to build the individual character, self-confidence and self-esteem of America's disabled young people through inclusion in all facets of daily life.

Rick was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt. As a result of oxygen deprivation to Rick's brain at the time of his birth, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Dick and Judy were advised to institutionalize Rick because there ways no chance of him recovering, and little hope for Rick to live a "normal' life. This was just the beginning of Dick and Judy's quest for Rick's inclusion in the community, sports, education and one day, the workplace.

In the spring of 1977, Rick Hoyt told his father, Dick Hoyt, that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night Rick told his father, "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not disabled." 

This realization was just the beginning of what would become over 1,000 races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons (6 of them being Ironman competitions). Also adding to their list of achievements, Dick and Rick biked and ran across the U.S. in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days.

In a triathlon, Dick will pull Rick in a boat with a bungee cord attached to a vest around his waist and to the front of the boat for the swimming stage. For the biking stage, Rick will ride a special two-seater bicycle, and then Dick will push Rick in his custom made running chair (for the running stage).

Steve King, Pactimo client, is a great friend of Dick and has a son that is disabled and participates in races with his sone in a wheelchair/running stroller. Steve about Dick and Pactimo: "This man is such an amazing and inspirational dude...it always excites me to hear from them. Check him out rocking the TH CDA Pactimo gear! Thank you for everything you do and always appreciate your help, not as the owner of Sunset Embroidery and Screen Print, but as Lucas' Dad. You are helping us with something more than racing gear. It's a team, a dream and opportunity to show others that in fact Yes We Can."

Dick and Rick have done over 1,000 races and neither are ready to retire just yet.

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Learn more about the Hoyt Foundation and Team Hoyt Here »

 


 



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