I AM ABLE
NO, I do not claim to be a public speaker, far from it. Actually, public speaking is one of my greatest fears. With that said, YES, I do once in a while accept a request to speak at events. And it's mostly about sharing my life experiences as a wheelchair user and athlete. No, I do not accept payments for any public speaking engagement. I may request that a donation is made to a Non- Profit organization of my choosing.
Carlos Moleda grew up in São Paulo, Brazil. At age 18, he chose a life of adventure, moved to the United States and joined the Navy. His ability to work hard and learn fast eventually won him a coveted spot as a Navy SEAL.
A few years later, he found himself in the middle of an intense firefight in Panama. Nine of the 10 men in his unit were wounded – four fatally. Carlos was hit near his spine and leg, and lost feeling in his lower body forever. Competitive sports proved to be the best way to recover from this traumatic injury. Through an unyielding spirit and a passion for competition, Carlos turned his misfortune into his greatest adventure: becoming a champion.
Carlos is a member of Team Paralyzed Veterans of America and serves as a spokesman for the Challenged Athletes Foundation / Operation Rebound. He uses his expertise and motivational skills to teach younger kids and veterans with disabilities how to ride racing wheelchairs and handcycles.
He is married to Sarah Preston Moleda and has a son, Spencer. He is an amazing man, a fine American and when you're with him you can't help but realize that there are few people on this Earth who stand as tall as Carlos Moleda.