The school assembly speaking fraternity is losing a very good motivator today. Aaron Cross is retiring from speaking in schools to move across the pond to start a new life with his wife, Katrina, who is from the United Kingdom.
I've known Aaron since he was in school at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He called me one day and wanted to know if I would be interested in working with him for an internship. I agreed, and he spent a couple of months helping me and learning the ropes in becoming a professional speaker.
Aaron is also a world-class archer and on September 23, 2004, he and his teammates shot their way to the Bronze Medal; the first team medal for the U.S. Paralympic Archery Team.
He has an incredible story and John Gross, a photojournalist at KSTP TV, the ABC affiliate in St. Paul, MN, does a great job telling us about Aaron in this piece which aired on January 4th:
As you watch the video, watch what Aaron accomplishes with the close-up shot with the second arrow as it hits the target. He's still got it!
I wish Aaron and Katrina all the best as they move to England and begin their life together a long ways from Minnesota.