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Monday, March 2, 2015

Eric LeGrand Speaks With and Inspires Flatbush Students

On Tuesday, February 24th, Yeshivah of Flatbush Joe Braverman High School had the honor of hosting Mr. Eric LeGrand, former college football player turned motivational speaker. Eric, who was paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury suffered during a game in 2010, has had the resilience and strength of character to become a source of inspiration to all who have encountered his personal journey through recovery. Our entire student body and faculty were privileged to meet Eric during a program consisting of a striking video presentation, a heartfelt speech by Eric himself, and an inspiring Q and A session moderated by Rabbi Levy. Not a sound could be heard in the room as Eric shared his messages to us: Believe, be resilient, make good choices no matter how challenging the circumstances, and you can do anything you set your mind to.
The feedback following the presentation was astounding. All of us at YOFHS were especially inspired by the wisdom imparted to us by this genuine, down-to-earth superstar. Eric thanked YOFHS for hosting him, took pictures with our students, and took the time to personally speak with so many of us. His mother, Ms. Karen LeGrand, was an amazing role model to behold as well. A special thank you to Project SAFE, Yossi Sirote, and Shira Berkowitz for bringing Eric to us. In the words of one of our students to Eric: You're awesome. Stay strong! ~Dr. Etty Mizrahi, Director of HS Guidance