The Impact of Debate: From Stuttering to Debate Team to Teacher to Olympic Coach to World's First Implant of an Artificial Heart!

by Erik Fogel | Aug 24, 2017 6:00:19 AM |

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When he was in high school, Chick Hislop was made fun of for his stuttering problem. So he joined his school's debate team and the rest is history - star athlete, star teacher, US Olympic Coach, US Track and Field Hall of Fame nominee, and now author.

 

 

When he was in high school, Chick Hislop was made fun of for his stuttering problem. So he joined his school's debate team and the rest is history - star athlete, star teacher, US Olympic Coach, US Track and Field Hall of Fame nominee, and now author. Chick recently authored, “On Track for a Life of Excellence" about his life story, coaching career and the stories of many of his scholar-athletes that range now from careers in sports, law, education, and medicine- including Dr. William DeVries, who performed the world’s first implant of an artificial heart in 1982. “I never get mad about a lack of performance – I get mad about a lack of effort,” Hislop said.

 

"As a boy, he struggled with a stutter that led other children to tease him. He didn’t let it stop him. Instead, Hislop became a member of his high school’s debate team and attacked his impediment head-on. During debates, “[I] would grab [my] hands and hold on to stop them from shaking,” Hislop said. In spite of the nerves, he memorized hundreds of pages of material and became a formidable debater, and then a teacher. “By the time [I] went to college, most of the other students never realized [I] had a stuttering problem,” Hislop recalled, speaking in front of an audience of 50-plus. “There will be times in all our lives when we will be down,” Hislop said. The key to making it beyond those moments of doubt and despair is to think “What can I do to help?,” and focusing on others rather than the self, he said."

 

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