"2017 USBLN Affiliate of the Year"
4th Annual Gala
World Class Skier, Gold Medal Winner
Disabled National Championship
A Passion for Youth!
Tom Savard had been a high school athlete and was very active in sports until his 1978 crash. “I was 22, and I remember thinking, ‘Well, this is my life now,’” he said. “I thought I better start making the best of it because they weren’t growing back.” Savard took up skeet and trap shooting from his wheelchair and soon earned the National Rifle Association’s “Expert” ranking. Then, more than a decade after his accident, his sister told him about a group of skiers who used a single pole-mounted ski in place of legs. “The first time I tried it, it was wicked,” Savard said. “I spent the day picking myself up.” But he didn’t let the falls discourage him, he said. “Some people are content to just get down the hill,” he said. “But I always thought that even an expert should fall at least once a day. If you aren’t falling, you aren’t pushing yourself to your potential.” A year later he was competing in national level events and just a few years later, he was attempting to qualify for the Nagano Winter Olympics when a particularly bad fall put him in the hospital with a broken back. Still, he was soon back on skis. “The lesson is that everybody faces challenges, and whatever your potential is, you want to strive for it,” he said. “I always tell them I’m not a disabled person, I’m Tom Savard. I just happen to have a disability.”
Tom has been speaking to elementary students about Diversity for the past 15 years and how, although "we are all different, we are all very similar." At last count he has talked to over 6,000 fourth and fifth graders! Tom says, “The interaction and questions I receive from the students are very inquisitive, insightful and show they truly “get it”.
Come hear his passionate story as we gather together for our 4th Annual Gala to enjoy great food, wine, music and live auction to launch our 2019 Internship Program.
Tom's Day Job- 30+ years with Northrop Grumman Corporation, Program Manager, Chairperson for Northrop Grumman's VOICE (Victory Over Impairment & Challenges Enterprise) at the Norwalk CT campus.
Tom holds a M.B.A. Degree from University of Connecticut. Graduate School of Business, Storrs, CT. and a B.A. in Economics from Saint Anselms College, Manchester, NH.
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