- Become aware of your strength which can help you to turn adversity into opportunity.
- Discover the power forgiveness has in relationships.
- Recognize the benefits strong families bring to business & society.
- Sports injuries and the good that comes out of tragedy & strong families
Edward G. Reinhardt: A father’s story of love, fate and reconciliation.
Reinhardt ran a six-yard route and turned inside as Buff quarterback threw him the ball. Reinhardt caught it, ran another 13 yards and was hit by safeties Dan and Jeff.
Reinhardt’s head was knocked around, at one point colliding with Wilken’s thigh pad, before it hit the turf sharply but not ominously.
It’s been nearly 20 years since tight end Eddie Reinhardt took a hit on the football field that sent him into a coma, fighting for his life.
Initially confined to a wheelchair, unable to speak, the star player has since endured years of therapy to overcome his injury.
It’s the stuff of stories, to be sure.
But it’s not Eddie who finally got around to writing it. Rather, his father, Floyd Edward Reinhardt, has penned the story – as much about his own life as his son’s accident.
The “You’re Ok, Kid!” Program
Team Reinhardt (Ed, Pat and Ed Jr.) work with organizations and individuals who want to turn obstacles in life into opportunities for growth. They share their journey of anguish, love and empowerment – and show how ordinary individuals can do extraordinary things.
For the past many years the family has been involved with Ed Jr.’s recovery from a brain injury in a football game while playing for the University.
He spent 62 days floating between life and death in a coma. His rehabilitation has taken years. Four of their five sons played Division I Football. John at Nebraska, Edward and Tom at Colorado and their youngest son Matthew at the University of Oregon. In fact, athletes from the Reinhardt Family have played in eight major college bowl games.
Eddie, tight end #88, was a member of Coach Bill McCartney’s first recruiting class at the University. He was second in the nation in pass receptions and was named to the Big Eight All-Academic Team with a GPA of 3.25 at the time of his accident.
Their story inspires us to look closely at our own relationships and challenges us to make them better.
Heartwarming “The message you shared with us was very heartwarming and inspirational. Your presence at the opening meeting set the tone for the remainder of our conference.”
Discover the power forgiveness has in relationships.
Recognize the benefits strong families bring to business and society.
Take up the challenge offered by Ed Jr. to reach your own success.
Be uplifted by the musical talent of Ed Jr. and the story of one family’s miracle
Books by Edward G. Reinhardt