Rick Hansen, builder

Induction year: 2003

Special Achievements:

  • Rick Hansen's 'The Man in Motion World Tour' of March 21, 1985 to May 22, 1987, raised over 26 million dollars for Spinal cord research.
  • The President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation and Rick Hansen Institute.

Rick Hansen certainly became a successful wheelchair athlete, but also devoted his life to improving the lives of those with spinal cord injuries. In 1985,motivated by his success, and desire to make a difference in how people with a disability were perceived, he embarked on the record-setting Man in Motion World Tour. Along the way, he inspired others to pursue their own dreams, raised the world's awareness of the potential of people with disabilities, and became a testament to the remarkable potential that lies in the human spirit.

His Tour of March 21, 1985 to May 22, 1987, raised over 20 million dollars for spinal cord research. Today, he is the President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation and Rick Hansen Institute. Hansen also spends time in schools, committed to being a positive role model to children increase the awareness of sports for people with a physical disability. Hansen has been a great ambassador of the Paralympic Movement in Canada.