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Kyle Maynard to speak at Air Force Museum Theatre on April 17

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  • By Mary Bruggeman
  • Air Force Museum Foundation
The Air Force Museum Theatre will host motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and athlete Kyle Maynard on Wednesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. Despite being born with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees, Maynard wrestled for one of the best teams in the Southeast, set records in weightlifting, fought in mixed martial arts, and was named the 2012 Best Male Athlete with a Disability, an ESPY Award presented by ESPN.

For the past seven years Maynard has traveled to five continents speaking at corporate meetings, grade schools, universities, and programs supporting injured American veterans. He's shared the stage with the world's greatest minds in business, politics, sports, and motivation. Whether he's in front of a middle school classroom or thousands in a convention hall, Maynard says his life's deepest passion is helping each person on their path towards reaching their highest human potential.

In his most recent conquest, Maynard became the first man to hike on all fours to reach the roof of Africa -- bear crawling to the 19,340 foot. summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Joining him were two inspiring veterans, former Marine Captain Chris Hadsall and Army Staff Sgt. Sandra Ambotaite, who battled through incredible adversity of their own to reach the peak. The purpose of their quest was to send a message to the veteran community and kids with disabilities everywhere that no obstacle is too great to be overcome.

His story has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, ESPN's Sportscenter, HBO's Real Sports, ABC's 20/20 and Good Morning America, and as a cover story in USA Today. He continues to inspire as the author of his book, No Excuses (2005), a New York Times bestseller.

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited so tickets will be required. Tickets will be available at the Theatre Box Office or at Individuals will be limited to four tickets; groups should contact to make reservations. This event was made possible through the generosity of McGohan Brabender and the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc.

The Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. was established in 1960 to assist the NMUSAF in raising capital to support building expansion and other programs not supported by federal funds. For more information on the Air Force Museum Foundation visit

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information on the event, please contact the Air Force Museum Theatre at (937) 253-4629 or visit or email

NOTE TO MEDIA: To schedule an interview with Kyle Maynard or for more information on the Air Force Museum Theatre at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, contact Mary Bruggeman at (937) 656-9623 or email