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I recently saw “1000 to One The Cory Weissman Story” on Netflix, and was immediately inspired by it. I reached out to Cory for an Interview, and he was more than happy to give me the tremendous honor.
Before playing college basketball for the Gettysburg Bullets, Cory scored 1,000 points at Jackson Memorial High School in New Jersey. After being recruited by several schools he decided that Gettysburg was the best fit — for both basketball and academics. He was going to start at point guard for Gettysburg after his freshman season when he suffered a life changing, debilitating stroke that would forever change his life.
His love and passion for the game of basketball, and his desire to get back on the court, was the main fuel of his motivation during his three-year rehabilitation process. While it was obviously the most difficult thing that he ever had do, Cory did reach his goal of getting back onto the basketball court his senior season in the final game of the year.
I’m going to change gears so the movie, “1,000 to One The Cory Weissman Story” (Now on Netflix) won’t be spoiled for those of you who have yet to see it. Instead, I’m going to tell you about what Cory is doing now. As someone who has faced some of the same medical issues that Cory has (Temporary Paralysis, muscle weakness, and nerve issues) I instantly related to him and felt inspired to stop feeling sorry for myself, but I am far from the only person that he has reached.
Cory helps athletes overcome adversity as a Physical Therapist, and speaks often as a motivational speaker at middle schools, colleges, and high schools — as well as other speaking formats across the country. He told me that when speaking in front of a crowd of say 600 people he will have reached his goal if he can help just one person of those 600.
Cory Weissman does not believe in chance. He believes that everything happens for a reason. He told me that the stroke he suffered was both the worst thing that ever happened to him and also the best thing that has ever happened to him. He knows that his purpose is to help others going through difficult times in their lives.
I have interviewed quite a few athletes in the past, and while talking to Cory today it didn’t take me long to realize that Cory is by far the humblest, most high character, and least self-centered celebrity that I have ever had the pleasure of interviewing. It was not just an Interview for me. I really got to know Cory, and I am in awe of his kindness towards others. Especially when he told me he makes time to read and answer every single Facebook Message or email he receives.
He puts others before himself and has turned his adversity into a blessing. I think that is an example we all would be wise to follow. Cory Weissman currently resides in his hometown of Jackson, where as previously stated he works as a Physical Therapist, and nationwide Motivational Speaker. Cory’s new goal is to become a Motivational Speaker Full-Time. Knowing him, I think It’s very safe to say it will likely happen very soon.
To hear more about Cory’s amazing story look for my more in depth Podcast with him, which will be uploaded onto the site soon.
If your facing an obstacle of your own you can email Cory at [email protected]
If you would like Cory to speak at your event email Cory at [email protected]
Visit his Website: coryweissman.org to learn more about Cory and read Testimonials from the people he has touched.