Kevin Sorbo rose to fame as Hercules, on the hit TV series Hercules, the Legendary Journeys, which marked the starting point of resurgence for America’s infatuation with Superheroes. It was his blend of strength and integrity of the character that made this series beloved in 176 countries, surpassing even Baywatch as the most watched TV show in the world. But Kevin Sorbo had a secret. After an undiagnosed aneurysm in his shoulder, he unexpectedly suffered a series of debilitating strokes. It was the same strength and integrity that caused him to hide this critical illness. Kevin describes it as if an 8.9 magnitude earthquake had struck his head and he had to deal with the damage and its aftermath. He could barely walk and was left partially blind, jeopardizing both his health and his promising career.
Kevin’s illness made him rethink his life in ways he never expected. After an arduous recovery over three years, he eventually regained his health, resumed his active lifestyle, and received critical acclaim for his film God’s Not Dead. He also began to understand the true power in overcoming adversity. Knowing if it could happen to him, it could happen to anyone, Kevin’s inspiring story is chronicled in his book True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal — and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life. True Strength is the story of how one man faced the unimaginable and ultimately found the real measure of success.
Kevin’s efforts have won him numerous awards including the Public Leadership in Neurology Award and he was invited to co-author one of the most important additions to the Chicken Soup For the Soul series entitled Think Positive for Kids: 101 Stories about Good Decisions, Self-Esteem and Positive Thinking.
In real life Kevin leads A World Fit for Kids, a successful mentoring model that trains inner-city teens to use school, fitness and sports to become positive role models and coaches for younger children. In 2003, Kevin was named national spokesperson, successor to Arnold Schwarzenegger, for the Afterschool Alliance — a non-profit organization working to ensure that all children have access to safe, enriching afterschool programs. In 2004, A World Fit for Kids was awarded the Governor’s Gold Star for the most successful after-school program in the state of California.
Kevin has created some of the most emotionally moving speeches you will hear, for those of us who roll up our sleeves and work hard every day, including people charged with educating our children, or dedicated to improving our nation’s health, or striving for strength to achieve success, even those of us busy overcoming our own adversities. Kevin is known to have an unfailingly candid voice, great wit and the skills of a master story teller.
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