Chris Norton

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Chris Norton got knocked down. Hard. After suffering a spinal cord injury playing college football he lost all feeling and movement from the neck down. Chris was only given a 3% chance to ever move again. He could have let it define him. But our lives aren’t shaped by circumstance. They’re shaped by us. Perseverance isn’t about the physical act of standing: it’s about attitude, and the ability to shape yourself in the face of adversity.


With the support of his friends, family, faith, and the love of his life, Emily, Chris proved the doctors wrong, and walked the stage at graduation that went viral world wide. Then walked his bride, Emily, 7 yards down the aisle of their wedding. They are foster parents and have adopted 5 girls. His story has been published twice – first with his father, and now with Emily. Plus, a documentary about his life story is out on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and AppleTV titled 7 Yards: Chris Norton Story


Chris was named one of ITA Group's hottest keynote speakers. He travels across the country to inspire people from all walks of life, and demonstrates how to focus on our abilities to unlock the POWER TO STAND. Chris's Keynote is about taking action even in the face of insurmountable odds. But it's also about finding purpose in life wherever you are. Custom-tailored to your organization, Chris's message brings fresh energy and perspective. His riveting stories and heartfelt takeaways provide actionable tools for positive change both personally and professionally. Chris's down-to-earth style, humor, and sincerity are sure to make you laugh, cry, and cheer as he forms a true connection with them.

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