Who is Cory Weissman?
Cory Weissman is a motivational speaker that suffered a catastrophic stroke at the age of 19. He was a 1000+ point scorer in his Jackson, NJ high school and was on his way to becoming a standout point guard at Gettysburg College. That all changed on March 26, 2009. However, Cory was determined to not let the debilitating stroke stop him from getting back out onto the basketball court. He worked hard for 3 years to overcome the paralysis of the left side of his body until he finally achieved his goal and had a chance to step back on the court for 1 final game. Not only did he achieve his goal by getting on the hardwood and playing in the game, he scored a highly unlikely point to cap off his college basketball career.
Cory's story spread nationwide throughout numerous media outlets including ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Yahoo Sports, Sports Illustrated, and NPR. His inspirational story was made into a full feature film called, '1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story' starring David Henrie, Beau Bridges, and Jean Louisa Kelly. The movie chronicles Cory's recovery including all of the obstacles and adversity he had to overcome to get back onto the basketball court and score the hardest point of his basketball career.
Now he shares his story to motivate and inspire others who face obstacles and challenges them to take the first step.
THE ESPN SPECIAL ABOUT CORY
What Cory Speaks About
Cory shares his story of resilience. He spreads a message that no obstacle is too great to overcome. Cory shows that with the right work ethic, a positive mindset, and an unwillingness to ever give up, the sky is the limit as to what you can achieve. He speaks at various organizations, camps, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools all over the country.
Cory discusses how hard work and sacrifice are crucial to succeed in any facet of life. He talks about the importance of goal setting, and how this can help you get to where you want to be in life. He also touches upon the importance of appreciating the lives we have. He knows from personal experience that you can lose everything in the blink of an eye.
-David Henrie, Professional Actor
Cory is living proof that despite the odds being stacked against you, humanity has the potential to turn pain into love...and he shares that pain, which he calls a gift. Anyone who hears him speak walks away with their own gift of encouragement.
-Harold Abraham, Knollwood Elementary School Assistant Principal
Our district invited Cory to speak at a district wide literature event before a K-12 audience. He was able to share his story and inspire every person in the room. Cory’s incredible attitude and triumphant return from an unfortunate circumstance speaks volumes to the character he possesses. His story teaches people that with hard work anything can be achieved and this is something that people of all ages can benefit from. I highly recommend Cory to any school district, organization or corporation seeking a life changing presentation.
-Nate Grosshandler, Director of School Counseling Services at Raritan High School
Cory skillfully presented his inspiring story to our staff and students. Cory's influential journey captured the attention of everyone in attendance. He did an excellent job relating his story to our students, inspiring them to overcome adversity in the future.
-Rinat, High School Student
We all melted over your story. What struck me the most about your speech and after watching the movie is when you cracked jokes even during the hardest moments. Your ability to be funny but at the same time not lose sight of the important things touches me. It's a perfect balance and strength in your character.
-Julia, High School Student
Thank you so much for coming to our school. I was so inspired by your story. You are an incredible human being. Thank you for giving me the courage to make a difference and not give up even if times get hard.
-Michal, High School Student
Hi Cory, my name is Michal and I heard you speak yesterday at my school. I just wanted to let you know that you were an amazing speaker and you inspired everybody that was in the room. Even though I just heard about your story yesterday, I know that it will change my outlook on life forever. I am going to try to not take anything for granted anymore. Thank you so much!
-Abby, Middle School Student
Thank you so much for coming to my school on your time. You inspired so many kids including myself. The most inspiring part of your speech was the first thing you said "my stroke was the best thing that happened to me
-Victoria, Middle School Student
Your story has opened my eyes and I will no longer take anything in my life for granted because you never know when the things you take for granted are gone.