Sam Kuhnert Keynote Speaker

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Sam Kuhnert EMPOWERS!

  • Named Top Outstanding Young American of the Year 2017
  • Named National Youth Activist of the Year 2017
  • Named IL Outstanding Young Person of the Year 2016
  • Named Citizen of the Year for Du Quoin, IL 2015
  • Dynamic, Engaging Public Speaker
  • Head Coach, Founder, and CEO of NubAbility Athletics Foundation

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For Adult/Corporate/Team Audience

For Adult/Corporate/Team Audience

Sam Kuhnert is not a household name. He doesn’t need to be—even though he once desperately wanted to be as a famous baseball player—instead he’s following through on a vision God gave him at 17 that has turned into a growing non-profit helping limb-different kids around the globe. Sam Kuhnert has a story of adversity, persistence, and empowerment. He was born with only one hand, but he’s never let that stop him from pursuing his dreams, even when everyone around him told him it wasn’t possible. Sam struggled to be recognized as a serious athlete as a kid. He dealt with a lot of bullying because he was different. Sam kept working and went on to play on his high school team and even at the college level before an injury ended his career and God changed his plans in the best way possible.

While Sam was still in high school he felt strongly called by God to create a sports camp for limb different kids with limb-different coaches to show campers that they could be athletes—a serious camp that was just as rigorous as a sports camp for kids without limb differences. Sam, with the support of his family, founded a national nonprofit charity, NubAbility Athletics Foundation. Now in its seventh year, NubAbility Athletics Foundation is a leader in the adaptive sports community. Sport is the tool God gave Sam to use to empower others, and Sam is grateful every day. Sam is involved with every camp and clinic and spends the rest of his time speaking to teams and schools about ending bullying, finding purpose in God, and teamwork. 25-year-old Sam was recently named a Top 10 Outstanding Young American of 2017 by the Jaycee’s International (JFK, Dick Cheney, Kurt Warner, Elvis Presley are among past recipients.) for already changing thousands of lives—and he’s just getting started!

“I’ve spent my whole life adapting. Choosing to use what I have and what I can control to overcome challenging circumstances allows me to empower others to do the same.” ~Sam Kuhnert


Sam’s topics can be tailored to any audience: faith-based or public, young or old, school or corporate. Sam credits his faith for being the core of his strength. He’s a pro at adaptation. He’s adapted his entire life. Physically impressive, Sam stands 6’6” tall and dominates the stage, especially when he demonstrates his one-handed sports skills to captivate his audience. He is passionate, funny, and truly inspiring. Sam’s experiences throughout his life as an athlete with a difference, a college baseball coach, and C.E.O of NubAbility Athletics Foundation have given him an artillery of stories that move, empower, and bolster. Sam loves people and is enthusiastic about empowering them to shine.

Keynote Topics & Audience:

Sam can comfortably adapt all faith-based presentations to public/corporate/secular audiences with respect for all individuals present. If you have any questions, please contact him!

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  1. So, What’s NubAbility Anyway, and Why Should I Care?…Encouraging Courage in Sport and in Life: An informative talk on the history, growth, events, impact, and future of NubAbility Athletics Foundation. A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit that serves youth athletes around the world with limb-loss that competes in mainstreamed school or league sport.

This is perfect for corporations, conferences, schools, or organizations that are promoting service to others as a way of life.

By presenting how he, as an 18 year-old, founded and launched a global nonprofit service charity, Sam sparks the passion of his audience and empowers them to get active in making a difference. His passion is encouraging courage and confidence through sport and in life to kids who desire to play the best with less and WIN!


2. Play till the Whistle in the Workplace.

  • Encourages loyalty, teamwork, and strengthens communication.
  • Offers tips on how your team can adapt in the workplace.
  • Creates a culture of encouragement, kindness and ACTION.


3. Game Changer!

  • Explores what prevent employees from “Going for Gold” using athletic demonstrations.
  • Teaches employees that even though not all are athletes an athletic mindset is beneficial in the workplace.
  • How to develop an unbreakable spirit in the workplace.
  • Teaches Employees to develop an adaptive mind set.

4.  Be a Champ!…Be Pitiful or Powerful, You Can’t Be Both!                                           Sam empowers the audience to take action with confidence to make a difference in life.

  • For Faith-based audiences, Sam uses Psalm 139:14-16 as the basis for his message.
  • For non-faith-based audiences, Sam uses his life experiences in sport to convey how a championship mentality is generated from accepting uniqueness and differences of oneself and each team member.
  • Differences become accepted and celebrated.
  • Audience becomes empowered to use their gifts and talents in order to become victorious on the job, following a dream, or in life.
  • Sam emphasizes TEAMWORK and becoming an encourager of team members on the job, in an organization, etc.

 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalms139:13-16



5. True Strength Doesn’t Come From the Weight Room… Sam Kuhnert’s delivers his testimony. No holds barred as he delves into the true redeeming power of Jesus in his life. He shares how his mantra since childhood “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” fueled him through his weakest of times and made him the man he has become today.

Any Audience/Any Age/Faith-based or Public: Joint presentation with Jana Kaye Kuhnert, Co-founder of NubAbility Athletics Foundation and Sam’s Mom.

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Joint Presentations:

Sam and his mom, Jana Kaye Kuhnert have teamed up to deliver a unique and powerful message to their audiences. They dare others to step-up and make a difference where they are planted. The award-winning mother and son team bolster and engage those present to be a game changer and make a difference.

*Note that the fees for booking this dynamic duo will add an additional $400 per day for car travel and an additional $1000 per trip for air or overnight.

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 Bully Proofing: Overcoming the damage mean people can do: 

Sam and his mom hit on key events in their lives as individuals, and as a parent and child team. They will illustrate key strategies for removing targets from backs and how to become as bully proof as possible. By encouraging the audience to be confident in their gifts and to encourage the talents of others, Sam and Jana show how to small actions can bring about BIG chances. This presentation is tailored to the audience and has had a big impact with all age groups—after all, adults are bullied too!


Know Your Role:

How your place in organized sports has power to build champions or create losers in sport and in life. This speech is truly a game changer for teams, booster clubs, coaches, officials, and parents. Sam has been a jock since birth. With collegiate play and coaching under his belt, he knows what it takes to have a team of GAME CHANGERS. He’s played most positions and been the team MVP in some seasons, a bench rider in others, and cut from the team altogether.

Jana sat on the 50-yard line for 12 years of varsity football and baseball games as a parent. Forever the team mom, she cooked literally hundreds of team meals, washed thousands of smelly game socks, and encouraged many athletes and their parents in the process. She and her husband have three sons, all athletes. Her experiences in sport and in leading a global sport organization give her insight into the different roles those within a sport, team or organization play in building champions or destroying spirits.

Sam and his mom value competition and the lessons that victors and losers learn in sport for life. They thrive on the multi-faceted sport audience, but can tailor this talk to any sport minded group.


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