2000 U.S. PARALYMPIC TEAM- SIT VOLLEYBALL  •  2004 U.S. PARALYMPIC TEAM- SAILING  •  2004 OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDALIST- SAILING  •  UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE ATHLETES  •  ADVISORY COUNCIL (AAC) MEMBER 2005-2008  •  FLAG BEARER- 2007 PARAPAN AMERICAN GAMES  •  MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
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Bradley Johnson

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My goal is to be a determined advocate on issues that promote fairness, Olympism and the evolution of all athletes.
Personal Info

Born On:  September 9, 1970
Hometown:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Resides:  Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Education:  University of South Florida: B.A. in Criminology, 1993; University of Florida Levin College of Law: J.D. 1997

Biography

Transcending Sport Despite Physical Disabilities
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bradley Johnson has always had a profound love and appreciation for the water. He relocated to Florida to attend the University of South Florida for his undergraduate coursework, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. Johnson went on to study for the law school entrance exams and made the decision to apply to and later attend the University of Florida.

After taking his law school entrance exams, Johnson’s life changed in the blink of an eye. While traveling along Interstate 75 from Gainesville, his automobile hydroplaned into a guardrail and, in a matter of time, the guardrail and door severed his left leg below the knee and his right leg above the knee. Rather than buckling in the face of adversity, Johnson used this as a catalyst for further success.  He was determined to conquer both his mental and physical states and move forward.

While in the waiting room for a leg tune-up, Johnson noticed an article in CHALLENGE Magazine about the upcoming National DISABLED Summer Games. It was at this junction in his life that Johnson was introduced to disabled sports.

A natural athlete, Johnson quickly dove back into competitive sport. He currently participates in the summer sports of sailing and sit-volleyball and is looking to expand his portfolio to include winter sports. Johnson is looking to make his mark in history, competing in four Games and four sports. Although he has already competed at two Paralympic Games (2000 and 2004) and earned a bronze medal in sailing, Johnson is aiming for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games for mono-ski and the 2012 Paralympic Games for rowing and a team sport- sit-volleyball or sailing.

An Advocate for Individuals with Disabilities

Johnson graduated from the University of Florida- Levin College of Law in 1997 and currently is a practicing attorney in the Civil Litigation Practice Group at Beighley, Myrick and Udell in Ft. Lauderdale. He has also served as the lead associate in Americans with Disabilities Acts litigation and is an advocate for equal rights for individuals with physical disabilities.

Johnson also works as a motivational speaker with The Hartford, using his experience– in sport and in his personal life– to help positively change public attitudes and perceptions toward disability. Speaking at events across the country, Johnson talks about the importance of overcoming barriers that are often encountered by individuals with disabilities, as well as those people who face obstacles in their personal or professional lives. He is dedicated to helping all people realize their full potential, regardless of physical disabilities and personal challenges.