SpkrPgDaveStevens

    SpkrPgDaveStevens_02Dave Stevens was born without legs, as a result of his mother using the morning sickness drug, Thalidomide in the late 1960s. After being put up for adoption, Stevens was raised by two loving and supportive parents who instilled core values that helped make him the man he is today.

    In the years before adaptive sports, Stevens decided to play able bodied sports and became a pioneer in his home state of Arizona. Dave played basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, softball and every sport possible before becoming a three sport varsity athlete at Wickenburg High School in Wickenburg, AZ.

    After numerous national articles and a feature appearance on ABC’s “That’s Incredible”, Stevens was awarded a scholarship to Augsburg College in Minnesota. It was here that he became the only legless player in college football history. His success eventually lead to a tryout with Dallas Cowboys and representing Team USA playing football in New Zealand, Australia, and Ireland. His love for baseball never stopped and his pursuit lead him to tryouts with the 1984 Olympic baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Minnesota Twins. In 1996, Dave again reached another milestone, signing a 3 week contract with minor league baseball team the St. Paul Saints, being the only legless athlete to ever achieve that.

    SpkrPgDaveStevens_01Off the field, Dave enjoyed a 30+ years in sports broadcasting, with duties ranging from reporter, to video editor, to producer. He spent 20+ years working at ESPN, where he earned seven national sports Emmy’s. He has covered Super Bowls, World Series, Final Fours and anything in between.

    Dave now spends much of his time giving back as a board member for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Team, playing for their football team, and raising awareness and money for our heroes. He also co-hosts the Celebrity Amputee Golf Classic in Florida and is an Ambassador Athlete for the Dave Clark Foundation, putting on free clinics with Minor League baseball teams for disabled children.

    Dave has lived a life overcoming the word “never” and shares his amazing message which can include the ups and downs of being handicapped, overcoming drug addiction, coping with adoption, and losing his parents at a young age.