Griffin has received worldwide attention as one of the first players in the NFL to have a physical disability. Though his left hand was amputated as a result of amniotic band syndrome, he went on to excel in college football at the University of Central Florida, playing alongside his twin brother Shaquill. The brothers were reunited on the field when Shaquem was selected in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks, where brother Shaquill plays cornerback.
Griffin made more headlines during the NFL Scouting Combine in March 2018 for performing 20 reps in the bench press while wearing a prosthesis and for running the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds, the fastest time for a linebacker since the NFL began releasing official statistics.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Puget Sound community to hear how, despite a disability, Griffin is an accomplished team member playing the most physical and mentally demanding sports in the world,” says Northwest Center president and CEO Gene Boes. “We are thrilled that he will be sharing his story at our Golden Hearts Luncheon this year.”
The Golden Hearts Luncheon will also feature stories from the children and adults who are part of Northwest Center’s education and employment services for people with disabilities.
“The combination of a keynote from Shaquem Griffin and our everyday success stories will be a great demonstration of why including people with disabilities is not only possible but vital for our society,” says Boes.
The Golden Hearts Luncheon is open to the public to attend with a donation suggested. Learn more and register for the 2019 Golden Hearts Luncheon now.