Community invited to hear motivational speaker

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Local community members are invited to reserve a seat for motivational speaker Eric Alexander's special address at the Cassville Middle School gymnasium at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 20. Alexander is the author of "The Summit: Faith Beyond Everest's Death Zone."

Alexander, a skier, climber and mountaineer, will use a multimedia presentation to share his experiences and stories of assisting others, including individuals with disabilities, to the top of the highest summits on six of seven continents in the world.

Alexander has ascended to the top of Mount Everest with his friend, Erik Weinhenmayer, who is a blind climber. He has also reached the summits of Amadablam, Russia's Mount Elbrus and Kilimanjaro in Africa and spent time training in the Himalayas.

Alexander's presentation focuses on the importance of trust, courage, teamwork, leadership, integrity and innovation.

Stories of Alexander's climbs have been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and the Discovery Channel and in "TIME," "Outside" and "Climbing" magazines.

The renowned speaker and author has earned a Presidential Invitation to the White House in Washington, D.C. The Colorado Rockies Award for Courage and the Alliance for People with Disabilities Award for Inspiration. Alexander was also invited to throw the opening pitch at Coors Field for the Colorado Rockies.

Alexander is the founder of Higher Summits, and Adventures Beyond Limits. He works to educate and encourage youth with disabilities and teaches disabled skiers in Vail, Colo.

Seating will be limited. Area residents planning on attending the event should call the middle school office at 847-3136 in order to reserve a seat.

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