Marine | Paralympic | Transformation
Thursday, November 8, 2018
10 a.m. & 2 p.m. | Levan Center
2 p.m. | Livecast to Delano
7 p.m. | Indoor Theatre
Oz Sanchez is no stranger to overcoming adversity. He was born in 1975 and raised in Los Angeles, California. By the time he graduated high school he was involved with drugs, gangs, and the street life. In 1996, Sanchez turned his life around following his recruitment into the Marine Corps where he found himself in his natural element and quickly excelled through the ranks. Shortly after becoming a Marine Infantryman, he joined the Marine Corps Special Operations and spent his career in specialized training, such as scout sniper, combatant diver’s course, and parachuting. In July 2001, Sanchez's life changed forever when he was involved in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident, which resulted in a spinal cord injury and the inevitable paralysis and neurological complications associated with it.
“Know No Limits”… these three words have grown to weave themselves throughout Sanchez's life and have come to define his transformation from a broken man into an elite athlete, mentor, and inspiration, to both ‘physically challenged’ and ‘able-bodied’ people alike.
Sanchez has represented the United States in two of the most honorable ways - first as a Marine and now as a 3x Paralympic medalist. Achieving successful change inevitably means overcoming obstacles and, in some cases, recreating oneself through an identity shift. He tells his inspirational story first hand, of how he faced and successfully overcame adversity.
Staff Coordinators: Dr. Terri Goldstein, Director of Disabled Students Programs and Services, Paul Beckworth, Director of Veterans Services, and Sandi Taylor, Director of Athletics
Brought to you as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series in collaboration with Veterans Committee, Renegade Athletics, and Kern Disability Collaborative