Rajesh Durbal, the first triple amputee in the world to finish the hardest endurance race, The Hawaii Iron Man World Championships, an amazing athlete and inspirational speaker, visited the Central Florida Leadership Academy on March 8th, sharing his vision of hope and courage. No one knows better than Raj the pain of being “different” in school. Raj answered questions and shared his personal story, which included learning to love himself and then reaching for his best, which echoes the character and leadership principles upon which CFLA was founded. Raj encouraged students to set personal goals and envision victory.
A Teachers Testimony
Thank you so much for speaking to our students on Friday. It was a wonderful message and I know that it meant a lot to so many of our students who are struggling with all manner of issues and are often discouraged and feeling defeated. I can’t imagine a more compelling demonstration of the power of a positive attitude. Your willingness to share not just your story, but your deeper feelings as well was very moving. We are a school that emphasizes character and leadership and we ask our students constantly to take a deep look at themselves, talk about their feelings and their fears and grab hold of their unique potential. You are such a perfect example of all that we stand for. I am grateful to both you for you willingness to reach out to our students and to Sharonda for helping make this happen. I will get some teacher and student feedback for you. For more information on what transpired you can read more at www.cflacademy.org – click on “What’s Happening” on the lower left hand side of our home page.