Ellie Fritz

Categories: Overcoming
I was diagnosed with epilepsy at 13 years old. I turn 17 this Fall. My older sister, Abbe, had also been diagnosed. We dealt with it together for one year before my sister lost her battle in the fall of 2013... Throughout grieving the loss of my sister, I knew I had to keep pushing myself to get better medically, mentally, and physically. Read Her Story

Kyle Lamon

Categories: Overcoming
I was told that my life would never have any meaning and that I would never amount to anything. For a very long time I accepted that. However, I've since found a drive within myself that I never knew existed! In any life challenge that I now face, I always maintain a SAYiWON'T attitude… Read His Story

Kylee Rae Smith

Categories: Overcoming
I had broken a bone both in my neck and in my back. They also discovered I had bleeding in my brain and was put on a ventilator for twelve hours. They ended up telling my family they should say their final goodbyes...Read Her Story

Jana & DJ Everett

Categories: Overcoming
My 7 year old son, DJ, was diagnosed at 4 with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease* and at 6 became area ambassador for MDA. He keeps me going on my bad days because I have it as well... Read Full Story

Casey Sonke

Categories: Overcoming
Currently, today I am still recovering from this procedure but recently found out the life of my tumor has died. The tumor was not able to survive in my body b/c of the shock my body went thru from the bowel obstruction and lack of nutrients since I was unable to eat for 5 months. Read Full Story

Warriors And Rodeo

Categories: Making a Difference
Sheri Smith is a PBR Certified Sports Agent as well as president of the non-profit Warriors And Rodeo. Navy Veteran and journalist, she is also a mother of six children and wife to Shae Smith, also a Navy Veteran. Their family has been traveling full time in a camper for over seven years taking back the time stolen by severe nerve damage her husband suffered with for over 13 years. Sheri is founder of Warriors And Rodeo, an organization designed to give back and support those who have served our country in the military, law enforcement, EMS, and fire fighters and are in the ranch and rodeo industry. W.A.R. is at war against depression, suicide, loneliness, PTSD and the effects of them. It is a place where its members can come and find the comradery they have all experienced as well as having the common bond of ranch and rodeo.

John Miller

Categories: Inspiration
SAYiWON'T is the quickest, most direct way to rebut a challenge from an individual who questions your ability, tenacity, or audacity and then reversing the challenge to the individual with a challenge of your own. Read Full Story

She Plays, We Win

Categories: Inspiration
We teamed up with photographer, Christin Rose, on her current project #ShePlaysWeWin to feature these three SAYiWON'T cowgirls. View Photos and the Read Story

Chris Skeeters - Marine, Bull Rider

Categories: Inspiration
"I went in the Marines 3 days out of high school, spent 8 years in, completed 3 tours, and received a Purple Heart on my last tour in 2012..." and he rides bulls!(click to read more)

Colton Workman - Roper

Categories: Overcoming
"He was born missing part of his left arm and has no left hand, but it doesn't slow this cowboy down..."(click to read more)

Derek Koch - Bull Rider

Categories: Overcoming
“SAYiWON'T is a mindset. It's a set of attitudes that shows up to every challenge with me... I refuse to let the odds or critics determine the outcome. I will overcome and I will be triumphant because I have the heart to not quit!“(click to read more)

Brian Wilczewski - Ninja Warrior

Categories: Inspiration
“Say I Won’t means never giving into the status quo. It means challenging the impossible, overcoming doubts, and emerging from your failures to become greater than you ever thought possible.“(click to read more)

Venn Johns aka "VENNMMM"

Categories: Inspiration
The SAYiWONT creed is something I feel has been instilled in me since I was born. It has very little to do with anyone else saying I can't or I won't, rather challenging myself and proving to myself that I can be the best I can be ... not only in sports, but in life too.(click to read more)

Willie Hart - Team Roper

Categories: Overcoming
"I ripped the seat belt out of my wheelchair and tied it on my saddle to hold me in. Having been right handed before losing my right arm meant that I would have to switch arms to rope. I live and breath the SAYiWON’T Creed everyday and my goal this year is to make it to The American!" (click to read more)

Bonnie Jill Laflin - First Female NBA Scout

Categories: Making a Difference
Bonnie-Jill Laflin has a number of firsts in her career. Laflin is the first and only female NBA scout, holding the front office position with the Los Angeles Lakers. She is also the first female to be awarded six championship rings in two professional sports, earning a Super Bowl ring during her time cheering for the 49ers and five NBA championship rings as an executive for the Lakers. “I like the odds to be against me so I can prove people wrong!”(click to read more)

Jennifer Flores - Team RED

Categories: Overcoming
"For me, SAYiWON'T represents a sense of confidence and positivity. If I believe I can, then I will. If Lupus has done anything for me, it’s opened my eyes to appreciate what I have and see things in a different light because they could always be worse... You don’t know how strong you are until you have to be." "TEAM RED has set forth on a journey to spread Lupus Awareness and help raise funds for the Lupus Foundation of America."(click to read more)

Mike Dowling - Veteran

Categories: Making a Difference
Deployed to Iraq’s infamous Triangle of Death in 2004, Sergeant Mike Dowling and his military working dog Rex were part of the first Marine Corps military K9 teams sent to the front lines of combat since Vietnam. Mike states, "SAYiWON'T means to have a warrior spirit and mentality of never giving up no matter what the odds or challenges." (click to read more)

Julie Mankin - Survivor, Fighter

Categories: Overcoming
"I’ve been a free spirit with a little rebel streak my entire life, so SAYiWON’T is a brand that always appealed to me. But I had no clue of the true importance of motivation until this year. In April, I woke up in a hospital with a mangled, completely unfamiliar body. I had been there almost three weeks..." (click to read more)

Clint Cooper - Rope-N-Ride 2015

Categories: Making a Difference
“We have professional wakeboarders, surfers, PBR guys, to PRCA guys and we mix it up. Everybody does a little bit of everything from wakeboarding to roping to skeet shooting... We all have a good time and it’s for a great cause." Texas weather won't stop us... "The show must go on, we’re here and we are going to keep doing it… rain, sleet, hail, or snow… Say I Won’t!” (click to read more)

Austin Hoiland - Athlete

Categories: Overcoming
Austin was in a near fatal motorcycle accident. He spent the first few days in a coma. The outlook was not good. "If I wanted to get back to the things I was doing before the accident, the activities I love, I would have to work hard for it."(click to read more)

Sierra Dawn Thomas - Barrel Racer

Categories: Overcoming
Her drive and determination helped her in the rodeo world, and now it's helping her on the CBS TV Show, Survivor. In a world telling you that you "can't", it can be tough to keep believing that you CAN...read how Sierra continues to stay focused.(click to read more)

Brett Edwards - Actor, Writer

Categories: Overcoming
How do you stay positive when everyone around you is telling you that you can't or won't reach your goals?? For Brett Edwards, star of The Longest Ride, it is all about being persistent. He says, “if you tell yourself something enough you'll start to believe it.”(click to read more)

Above the Wake @ Orlando Watersports Complex

Categories: Making a Difference
What happens when some of the top professional and collegiate wakeboarders get together with our friends at Above the Wake? A day like no other for 20 different children with autism....(click to read more)

Unfinished Business

Categories: Inspiration, Making a Difference
What do you do when J.W. Hart throws a challenge your way??? (click to read more)

Ross Coleman - Legend

Categories: Making a Difference, Inspiration
Since the day he was born, Ross has been a Cowboy...From high school and the College National Finals Rodeo to PBR's Ring of Honor all the way to retirement. Ross has never backed down...(click to read more)

Whitney Wayment - Fighter

Categories: Inspiration, Overcoming
She wasn't supposed to live, to walk, or to talk...yet here she is competing in rodeos at the collegiate level. The story of a true fighter...(click to read more)

Sean Willingham - Professional Bullrider

Categories: Overcoming
What's tougher than being bucked off a bull? Being bucked off the Tour. But not for Sean!..2015: the Year of the Comeback...(click to read more)

Mackenzie Monroe - Fighter

Categories: Overcoming
After falling and sustaining an incomplete spinal cord injury, doctors told her she may never walk again, that she may never lead a normal life. She's told them she WILL...she's SHOWN them she CAN...(click to read more)

Sharon Polsky - WBFF Pro Fitness Model

Categories: Inspiration, Overcoming
There's not much more discouraging as a professional fitness model than to be told that you've just been diagnosed with addisons disease, will never compete again, and will soon weigh more than 200 lbs. But Sharon didn't let that stop her...(click to read more)

Erik Bohl - OverComer

Categories: Overcoming
Erik severed the patella tendon in his knee in March. Doctors told him it would be a minimum of a year to get back to 80%, and that he might not fully recover. Erik accepted this challenge and decided he would become a stronger version of himself. Only five months into his recovery, he has exceeded every obstacle the doctors told him it would take a year to reach. (click to read more)

Brandon Dunn - Fighter

Categories: Inspiration, Overcoming
In April of 2003 their lives would be changed forever. Brandon’s uncle Rex was critically injured by one of his fighting bulls on his ranch and was air lifted to the ICU unit at the hospital in Wichita Falls. Brandon, B.J., Haley and Laramie all went to go visit Rex in the hospital. Halfway through their 25 mile trip home that night, a drunk driver crossed the dividing line on the highway and hit the Dunn family head on...(click to read more)

Colby Cantu - Bull Rider

Categories: Inspiration, Overcoming
Colby says that he was born with different hands and a short body. This did not stop Colby from living out his dream of being a bull rider. He states, “I had a dream about bull riding world champions..."(click to read more)

Anthony Velez - Bullrider, US Army Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient

Categories: Inspiration
“My uniform defined me. It was everything to me. The Army was everything to me. My soldiers, that life, was my lifeline. Now I don’t have it. I don’t have the brotherhood, the camaraderie.” Anthony began riding bulls to help overcome this void...(click to read more)

Joshua McClelland - Crohn's Disease Fighter

Categories: Overcoming
"At the age of 18 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease after becoming ill at work and losing my ability to effectively walk due to dehydration. Many things happened within the first year of being diagnosed such as spending many days and nights in a hospital, trying and finding effects of many medications, small procedures, and a surgery..."(click to read more)

William Whiteside - Father, Veteran, Team Roper, Cancer Fighter

Categories: Inspiration, Overcoming
"I refuse to let things affect me in a negative way. You only live once, and I dare you to tell me I can’t or won’t do something. SAY I WON’T and I will prove to you I can and I will against all odds...”(click to read more)

Mylee YC - Veteran, Cancer Survivor

Categories: Overcoming
Mylee YC served in the US Army on active duty for over 12 years and retired March 2014. She worked as a Civil Affairs Specialist and as an instructor to initial entry Soldiers, preparing them for the mental and physical expectations of their jobs. In 2011, Mylee was selected to be one of the first women to train and deploy as part of the Army Special Operations Cultural Support Program...(click to read more)

Luke Snyder - Retired Professional Bullrider

Categories:
Recently retired from the @PBR, Luke Snyder has already cemented his name as one of the best athletes of all time. Last week he was the first cowboy inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall Of Fame. As a professional bull rider, Luke found success early in his career. He was the 2001 PBR Rookie of the Year and won the World Finals event title that same year. Ten years later, he outlasted 39 other riders and won the inaugural title of "Last Cowboy Standing”...(click to read more)

Johnny Quinn - Team USA Bobsledder

Categories: Making a Difference
Johnny Quinn graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Pre-Law. He played professional football, spending time with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, and Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. He is the CEO and Founder of The Athlete Watch, which is a pro-active leadership course in college recruiting for all student-athletes, parents, coaches and counselors. Johnny is also a member of the US National Bobsled Team.(click to read more)

Kyle Hein - OverComer - Athlete, Former Police Officer

Categories: Inspiration, Making a Difference
"Within a short period of time my bank account was drained, I lost my apartment, and my fiancé left me. I liquidated my assets and moved into my parents basement. Heck...my dog even died in those short weeks. "(click to read more)

Chad Warrix - Musician

Categories: Overcoming, Making a Difference
Chad has overcome many challenges to get to where he is today. He says, “I was kind of a sickly kid that was real skinny and weak, so I worked hard in the gym to get stronger. I also overcame a spinal injury a few years back from my years of riding motorcycles and ATVs. I'm in the music business, which is a huge challenge everyday to be self-motivated and disciplined to face daily rejection and criticism which is standard...”(click to read more)

Shea Holbrook - Professional Race Car Driver

Categories: Inspiration
While Shea Holbrook didn’t come from a racing background she’s never been more sure of anything in her life, and that’s her passion for racing. She grew up a nationally ranked competitive water skier but traded in her skis for a set of wheels when she rode shotgun in 2006 during a Richard Petty Experience...(click to read more)

Kurt Yaeger - Professional BMX Rider, Actor, Model, Producer, Director, Athlete

Categories: Inspiration
Kurt Yaeger is a man of many talents. He was born in San Francisco where he began riding BMX. He competed and participated in BMX tours gaining the nickname “Crowbar”. After experiencing many BMX-related injuries, he decided to go back to college to pursue a Masters degree in Hydrogeology. In 2006, while attending school in San Francisco, he was involved in a motorcycle accident. A car ran him off the road; he hit a pole, went over a 40-foot embankment...(click to read more)

Brendon Clark - Professional Bull Rider

Categories: Overcoming
We met Brendon over a decade ago when he first came to the US to chase his dreams of competing in the PBR. He was a young, talented, Australian kid with a ton of talent. Brendon was not only good at riding bulls, he was good at everything he did...(click to read more)

Footprints 4 Brayden

Categories: Inspiration, Overcoming
"Brayden was born with a congenital short femur. We were told during pregnancy by doctors that he may never walk and would likely need amputation and that he would be super smart because he would be inside reading when other children would be outside playing sports. We continued searching for a surgeon who specialized in limb deficiencies..."(click to read more)

Corey Reed - Adaptive Athlete

Categories: Overcoming
It's hard to imagine being blind or an amputee. It's even harder to imagine being blind AND an amputee. But Corey hasn't let it stop him from doing the things he loves... (click to read more)

Tri Bourne - Professional Beach Volleyball Player

Categories: Inspiration
Tri Bourne grew up in Oahu, Hawaii. His parents were both triathletes, hence his name. He played his college career at USC, and was a crucial part of the teams that were the NCAA runner-up in 2009 and finished third in 2011. Tri went on to play indoor professionally in Puerto Rico before embarking on a professional beach career...(click to read more)

Drew Danielo - Husband, Father, 6 Time World Champion Wake Surfer

Categories: Overcoming
Drew Danielo is 32 years old in a sport overrun by young & talented kids. This weekend he will attempt to capture his 7th World Championship in Las Vegas at the World Wake Surfing Championship. What is his motivation? He says, “SAYiWON’T is a challenge. After Worlds last year I heard some people talking and saying I was getting older and might not have it anymore...(click to read more)

Alex Minsky - Athlete, Marine, Purple Heart Recipient

Categories: Inspiration, Overcoming
Alex was born and raised in California where he played soccer and other sports growing up. He joined the Marine Corp when he was 18. Three weeks after his first deployment in Afghanistan, he was severely injured when his Humvee ran over an IED. His life was changed forever. Alex spent 47 days in a coma. He suffered traumatic brain injuries, severe burns to his body from the explosion, broke his jaw in four places, and had his right leg amputated...(click to read more)

Rob Bironas - Friend, NFL Kicker

Categories: Overcoming
Perseverance. For Rob Bironas, it’s more than a word – it’s a way of life. Rob didn’t make his high school football team his freshman or sophomore year. He didn’t give up. He found out that he finally made the team the night before the season opener his junior year. He lettered his junior and senior year in high school. Rob didn’t get any Division I scholarship offers, but he was determined to play D-1 football...(click to read more)

Clint Cooper - Father, Husband, Friend, Cowboy

Categories: Inspiration, Making a Difference
Clint has been a part of Team #SAYiWONT for many years now. Not only is he a great friend and an ambassador for the sport of Rodeo, he lives by the SAYiWON’T Creed. Clint is a 4 time National Finals Rodeo Qualifier in Tie Down Roping. This year, he has won 7 rodeos including the prestigious Reno Rodeo. Today, Clint finds himself fighting to get back to the NFR. He is sitting 24th in the world, and only the top 15 get an invite to the NFR. Is he worried? “It’s all good. I still have some rodeos left, and I’m confident that I’ll make the cut..."(click to read more)

Kate O’Brien - Canadian Bobsled Team

Categories: Overcoming
Kate has faced adversity in sports her entire life. She injured her knee in high school and had three reconstructive surgeries before entering the world of bobsledding. She states, “bobsled tends to be a sport into which people join after being outstanding athletes in another sport ie. track and field, football, rugby, weightlifting etc. I was never one of those ‘outstanding athletes’.” (click to read more)

Chanda Gaeth - Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Business Owner, Athlete, Veteran

Categories: Overcoming
“Winning the gold, silver, or bronze is great, but when someone asks me if I think they can do what I do, I tell them to not let anyone tell them they can’t..."(click to read more)

Broc Cresta - Team Roper Champion

Categories: Overcoming
Today we celebrate the times we had with Broc, and the mark he made on the rodeo world. He left home to pursue his dream of becoming a champion at the age of 17. After years of hard work and unwavering determination, he made headlines in 2007 when he was named Rookie of the Year...(click to read more)

Corliss and Irene Norton - WWII Veterans

Categories: Inspiration
Corliss and Irene Norton are 91 years old and have been married for 65 years. Living through the Depression, WWII, the Korean and Vietnam War, Corliss and Irene have overcome many obstacles and witnessed many triumphs for America.(click to read more)

Amberley Snyder

Categories: Inspiration, Overcoming
"So what is cool... I heard about your saying and company while I was in the hospital after my car wreck! It really stood out to me in a time when every part of my life was different! It gave me the motivation to do extra therapy and work harder to accomplish what I needed to..." (click to read more)

Cobe Mikacich - Wakeboard Legend, Coach, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Surfer, Athlete

Categories: Overcoming
Cobe has been a part of the SAYiWON’T family since the beginning. He is a perfect example of someone living the SAYiWON’T Lifestyle. Cobe states: “SayiWon't is me. It’s my brand. When I first heard the creed, I felt like it was exactly what had been running through my head during every personal struggle. People try to tell you that you're not smart enough or you don't have what it takes, but their doubt fuels me more. (click to read more)

Bryan Morris - MLB Pitcher

Categories: Overcoming
Morris signed his first deal in 2006. He spent the next years battling his way to the top. He was told he couldn’t make it. He wouldn’t be a major league pitcher. That he didn’t have what it takes. He fought through injuries, trades, and most of all... doubt.(click to read more)

Will Speed - Wakeboarder, Basketball Player, Racer, IT Technician, Athlete

Categories: Inspiration, Overcoming
“To me, SAYiWON’T is more than just a creed! It’s more than a motto or a clothing company. SAYiWON’T is a LiFESTYLE! It’s my lifestyle!... (click to read more)

Tommy Meyer - LA Galaxy Defender

Categories: Overcoming
Tommy was selected by the Galaxy in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft from Indiana University. He is another talented defender to come through the Galaxy in recent years. Since winning the MLS Cup his rookie season, Tommy has faced his share of challenges at the pro level. "One of the biggest challenges I've had in my time playing soccer would have to be the struggle during... "(click to read more)

Brendan Hansen - Father, Husband, Swimmer, Athlete, 6X Olympic Medalist

Categories: Inspiration
Brendan Hansen was the world record holder in the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke from 2004-2008. He then retired from the sport of swimming after the Beijing Olympics, where he placed 4th in the 100 meter breaststroke. At the age of 26, he had lost his passion for the sport... (click to read more)

Joshua Gromer - Lupus Awareness

Categories: Overcoming, Making a Difference
Josh contacted us about making a SAYiWON’T shirt to raise awareness for lupus. He wrote: “I was diagnosed with SLE five years ago when I was 18 and it has proven to be the biggest battle I have ever faced... (click to read more)

Barry Schroeder Jr. - Firefighter, paramedic, biker, husband, father.

Categories: Overcoming
Barry was committed to serving others and protecting his community. Married with a little girl and another on the way, he took pride in providing for his growing family. While participating in a motorcycle ride to raise money for a scholarship, Barry's life flashed before his eyes... (click to read more)

Anthony Ameen & Wings for Warriors

Categories: Making a Difference
Anthony Ameen - Founder of Wings for Warriors, a volunteer driven, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in support of combat wounded military service members returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Their Mission is to provide necessary tools, insights and resources for wounded veterans as they go through the recovery process and transition into new realities... (click to read more)
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