health & fitness
From Little League, summer camp, weightlifting & high school sports to triathlons & an unlikely 'tryout' with the Minnesota Twins' AAA team, Greg has taken part in sports all his life. His participation in sports has faced some physical obstacles along the way. In 2009, for instance, he was severely injured in an accident & had to have immediate surgery on his spine. Three years later, after a long recovery, he completed a sprint triathlon & was featured on the home page of USA Triathlon. To read an article Greg was asked to write about the triathlon, click here. He also has written other health & fitness-related articles - including profiles on people who work in sports & a guest column on the lessons he learned after four operations on his feet confined him to a wheelchair for a brief period. The books based on Greg's story (The First Thirty & The Silhouette Man) highlight sports in a positive light & also reflect on lessons that are relevant to those who play sports. Many health & fitness-related groups have used the books in their internal or external efforts. Examples include Minnesota Vikings, USA Mobility, Inc., Toronto Blue Jays & the St. John's University women's soccer team. Click here to read about the books. The events where Greg has been invited to speak have included events for high school & collegiate student-athletes as well as events for those in health & fitness-related fields. Examples include an event for University of North Dakota's student-athletes & a conference for nurses in Canada. Click here to read about the speeches. Some kind feedback has been received from health/fitness-related sources. On the civic side, sports were integral to the mentoring program Greg started after college. His Foundation has funded grants & scholarships for students who have overcome physical obstacles, students who compete in collegiate athletics & students who are studying in health-related fields like nursing.