Team Hoyt is an inspirational story of a father, Dick Hoyt and a son, Rick, who compete together in triathlons, marathons, half marathons, across the country in an effort to help those whom are physically or mentally disabled. If you haven’t heard of these two yet, well then you’re in for a truly amazing story of the love between father and son. It’s a story of love, family, dedication, technology enablement and completely captures what it means to be a good father.

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Rick Hoyt was born in 1962 to parents, Dick and Judy Hoyt. At time of birth, Rick’s umbilical cord was wrapped tightly around his neck cutting off all oxygen to his brain thus preventing his brain to communicating with his muscles. As a result, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. He would never walk, talk without assistance ever again. In fact, doctors recommended he be institutionalized. However, Dick and Judy thought otherwise. They fought to integrate him into the public school system, forcing school administrators to see beyond the physical limitations. They would drive Rick to Children’s Hospital in Boston every week where they finally met a doctor who encouraged them to treat Rick like any other child. Rick’s mother, Judy would spend countless hours everyday teaching him the alphabet by using posted notes all over the house. Eventually, Rick learned the alphabet.
 


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In 1972, and with only $5,000, a group of engineers from Tufts University built an interactive computer which combined both the use of a cursor to highlight every letter in the alphabet with a sensor attached to his wheelchair. When the letter Rick wanted was highlighted, he would select it by a simple tap of his head against the sensor attached to his wheelchair. It was these group of engineers and a love for technology that allowed Rick to speak his first words, “Go Bruins!” Spoken like a true Bostonian, Rick loved his sports!
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