HOLLAND, Mass. (AP) — The year was 1992, and Dick Hoyt and his son, Rick, wanted to run and bike across the country to raise funds for a charity for cerebral palsy – a condition 30-year-old Rick developed at birth. But the charity didn’t want anything to do with a trek across the United States.
Many of us are vaguely familiar with Team Hoyt as it’s hard to miss them at any of the larger running events. And we probably know and appreciate their mission–to encourage the inclusion of disabled youths in sports. But after reading the whole history, I think you’ll agree that there can be no more inspirational story in sports than that of Dick and Rick Hoyt.
Beginning in 1977 with a 5 mile run benefiting a local high school Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident, the pair have now completed over 1,000 races, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons.
The are, without a doubt, the most inspirational father and son duo in all of sports.