Jim Sigafoose, D.C.
Lyceum begins this
Thursday, May 25, and continues through Sunday morning’s Spirit of Lyceum
session. If you haven’t made your plans yet, it’s not too late! You may register
at the door when you arrive. You won’t want to miss this year’s evening keynote
Soon to be the subject of a major motion picture, Neal Petersen’s inspirational
story of overcoming physical, financial and political challenges comes to
Sherman as Friday night’s Big Top keynote session. Petersen delivers a powerful
message of hope, dedication and the will to never let anything stand in the way
of your goals.
He has faced and overcome hurdles most of us cannot imagine. Born physically
challenged with only one hip joint and in a black working-class family during
South Africa’s racist era, Petersen was the least likely person to become an
international yachtsman, especially in what was perceived to be a “white,
wealthy and elite sport.”
“When you overcome obstacles, you become strong,” Petersen says. His dream was
to have his own yacht, to race around the world’s toughest oceans, and
eventually alone around the globe. Many said he could not do it. But Petersen
persevered, overcoming his handicap, working hard and saving the money that
would give him the means to eventually design and build his own boat. At the age
of 31, he raced 27,000 miles alone around the world via the Southern Ocean and
Cape Horn, in the famous Around Alone Race to earn the distinction of being the
first black man to race solo around the world. All in a home-built boat!
A wildly popular motivational speaker, Petersen has inspired individuals and
Fortune 100 companies. His story has reached mythic proportions, the subject of
the PBS documentary “No Barriers: The Story of Neal Petersen,” and is in
development for a major motion picture, “Of Wind and Water.” Petersen’s book,
Journey of a Hope Merchant, will be available on campus, and he will sign copies
after his presentation.
Excitement and inspiration will also be found at this year’s Lyceum on Thursday
night when one of the top speakers in the chiropractic profession, Jim Sigafoose,
D.C., takes the stage to present, “The Glory of Going On.” Sigafoose will share
his thoughts on B.J. Palmer’s Green Book of the same title about the glory
chiropractic philosophy brings from preserving the truth about chiropractic.
Sigafoose is recognized worldwide for his inspirational chiropractic philosophy
and motivational skills. Sigafoose ran a busy practice and has been named
Chiropractor of the Year by Dynamic Essentials and Parker College of
Our traditional fireworks display will cap off the evening sessions and may seem
like the finale Friday evening, but the fun will continue until midnight with a
new open-mike music event in the alumni tent. So make plans to be on campus both
Thursday and Friday night for these inspirational events that people will be
talking about for months to come. We’ll see you there!