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Disability is a choice, Connolly tells MSU crowd

Kevin Michael Connolly, who once insisted he didn’t want to be an inspirational guy, got a hero’s welcome Wednesday night at Montana State University from thousands of people amazed by his life story and indomitable spirit.

Connolly, a 2008 MSU graduate, was born without legs. Yet the Helena native still won skiing medals and traveled the world by himself with his skateboard, his camera and don’t-quit determination, as chronicled in his 2009 book, “Double Take.”

The book was chosen as this year’s One Book One Bozeman community reading, and Connolly was chosen by MSU as the speaker for Wednesday’s Freshman Convocation. An estimated 3,000 students, university staff and community members packed the fieldhouse to hear him.

Connolly, who just turned 25, called himself “an old codger.” He told self-deprecating anecdotes from his adventures and offered freshmen advice that was sometimes sage and at other times silly.

Read more here: Disability is a choice, Connolly tells MSU crowd – The Bozeman Daily Chronicle: News.

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