Rohan Murphy

Entrepreneur • Inspirational Athlete • Motivational Speaker

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Rohan Murphy is a nationally recognized youthspeaker who has spoken in over 40 states. Rohan, who lost his legs at birth, started to wrestle his freshman year of high school. After a successful high school wrestling career he went on to wrestle at Penn State University. In addition to wrestling, Rohan Murphy is also an accomplished powerlifter, competing in international competitions all over the world representing the USA. Rohan Murphy has been featured in publications such as ABC news, Sports Illustrated, and many more. He was even featured in his very own Nike commercial

I was fortunate to hear Rohan Murphy WOW over 500 high school students. He spoke at the Believe Symposium where the overall message was to help these students believe in themselves. The response to his presentation was fantastic but we rarely get to see the subtle impact that a message might have on an individual. About three weeks later we were meeting in Starbucks when an attorney approached our table, reached out his hand to Rohan to thank him for the impact his presentation had on his daughter. Rohan is an inspiration sending a wonderful message to anyone who hears or meets him.- Dan Schaefer PhD

I had the great pleasure of hearing Rohan Murphy speak in front of a large audience recently. From the moment he hit the stage he had the audience eating out of his hand and kept us captivated the whole time. He is personable, articulate, funny and most importantly, an inspiration to all.

His message that “you can do anything” truly hit home coming from a young man lost both his legs at the age of four who went on to become an accomplished high school and college wrestler.

As a professional speaker myself I can honestly say that you MUST hear Rohan’s message. It will inspire you to realize that you, too, can do anything you set your mind to!

- Jeff “The SalesPro” Goldberg

As a teacher with 30 years of experience I have attended a lot of student assemblies that promised to be life-changing and inspiring.

Rohan Murphy did just that when he came to my middle school this past Nov. To have 650 students listen so intently for over a hour, showed how engaging he was. With heart, humor, and humility he shared his story in a way that touched so many of my students. Many children often feel powerless, but Rohan made them all feel empowered that day.
His ability to connect with the students and engage them showed a natural ability to teach. His presentation was the best we have ever had here.

Students and staff alike said that they were moved in a way that they had not felt in a long time. The standing ovation of the entire student body and staff said it all!!

- Bernadette Kraljic

Rohan Murphy was invited to speak as part of a workshop offered by Cornell University ILR, “Training Difficult Issues in Diversity.” I had the pleasure of listening to him and was mesmerized by his sincerity, motivation, and desire to achieve the goals he set out for himself despite being disabled.

Rohan has had to overcome numerous obstacles in order to achieve those goals but his perseverance has paid off through all his accomplishments. Rohan does not want anything handed to him, he wants to work hard and earn all his accolades.

Rohan is a great example of what a person with a disability can achieve if given the opportunity. He is grateful to those that believed in the goals he set for himself and for the opportunity to demonstrate that despite his disability, he’s achieved those goals.

I believe he is a perfect example to all those that have reservations of giving people with disabilities an opportunity to succeed.

- Sandra I. Acevedo, Program Manager HCD, Cornell University ILR, New York, NY

I had the opportunity to hear Rohan Murphy address several Husker teams and was very impressed with his sincerity, passion, humor and candor. His story is one of perseverance, self-belief, sacrifice, work-ethic and determination.

His real life story is a perspective changer as certainly we all face challenges, obstacles and adversity, most of which would pale in comparison to what Rohan has endured and overcome.

Rohan has proven that ‘anything is possible’ and I believe his message made a memorable impact on our student-athletes that will motivate and inspire them to greater success.

- Tom Osborne, Athletic Director, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

The time that our 8th grade students spent listening to Rohan Murphy describe his adversities in life was an invaluable experience. It is rare to see students all simultaneously engaged in anything, however every student was captivated by Rohan’s discussion of what it was like to grow up with a physical challenge and pursue dreams that seemed unattainable.

One of the most important lessons our students learned from listening to Rohan was that just because a person faces a challenge it doesn’t mean that he or she is not capable of accomplishing amazing things and defying the odds.

Furthermore, Rohan encouraged students to get involved in extracurricular activities and take control of life. The most rewarding part of the assembly for me, was watching students flood Rohan just to shake his hand and say thank you.

- Rayna Modugno

Dear Rohan,

I’ve written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users.

Details of the Recommendation: Rohan recently spoke at our quarterly meeting at Northwestern Mutual. His talk was both inspirational and captivating. He tells the real story of his struggles and accomplishments in life and how he had good and bad days and how he overcame it all; I believe we had a room of a little over 100, I also believe when his talk was done every one of us in the room felt we could do anything we wanted to as long as we put our minds to it. Funny thing is, that we have had plenty of speakers from all different walks of life and I have yet to hear so many questions during the Q & A session. Moved, touched, captivated inspired? Yeah we all were!

Thanks Rohan you’re the best!

- Glenn Llobell , Northwestern Mutual
  • Success for every student

    Being born with deformed legs was a crushing blow to Rohan and his family. At the age of four, his rare birth defect forced doctors to amputate both of his legs. Doctors told the Murphy family that Rohan would never be able to take care of himself and would require 24 hour care each day of his life. It’s now safe to say that he proved them wrong!

    Rohan has always lived a purpose driven life and he now shares his unique perspective on life with young people. Rohan’s speech is emotionally enthralling and will inspire even the most cynical person to believe that anything is possible!

    Rohan’s target audience is the youth of America because he believes from the bottom of his heart that his life story and speech can reach kids of all ages and inspire them to also live a purpose driven life. He talks about priceless life skills, such as overcoming adversity, dedication, and discipline. His diverse background allows him to be versatile so that he can focus his speech on specialty topics like disability awareness or physical fitness.

    Rohan’s message is one that every young person in America needs to hear. He will inspire everyone within earshot to overcome the challenges that life brings.

  • Press release from Rohan’s first speaking engagement at a Correctional Facility

    RIVERHEAD, NY-- Today, Rohan Murphy, a professional motivational speaker and former star wrestler from East Islip High School, visited the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverhead and spoke to a group of young people participating in Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco's Youth Tier Initiative. The event was sponsored by Eastern Suffolk BOCES, which runs the jail’s education program. Rohan, who was born with deformed legs, made a strong impression on the youth as he talked to them about how he had to overcome so many challenges in his own life – from accomplishing mundane activities like grocery shopping to realizing his dream of becoming an excellent athlete and a graduate of an Ivy League school.

    Rohan told the youth that they, too, should never give up and said, “I want all of you to chase your dreams no matter how far away they may seem. Think about not having legs. I will not have one easy day in my life, but if I can overcome this, why can’t you? What’s stopping you?”

    Sheriff Vincent DeMarco added, “Rohan is an exceptional athlete and speaker, as well as a shining example of how any life circumstance can be overcome with motivation and perseverance. My hope is that these young men will carry his message with them for the rest of their lives and never return to jail.”

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