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Posted Mar 19 2010 10:02am
01 Des Plaines, IL March 19, 2010 - Michael Schwass, MSW, NC will present the Blackhawk Cup Most Valuable Player award to the outstanding player in the final game of the Illinois High School Hockey State Tournament on Friday, March 26th at 7pm. To learn more about this event go to .

Schwass was captain of the 1976 State Champion Notre Dame team and is the author of “Don't Blame the Game.” The book details Schwass' tragedy to triumph inspirational life story from a hopeless quadriplegic to nationally acclaimed speaker and life coach consultant.

At age 16, Schwass was paralyzed from the neck down in a high-speed hockey collision. He spent six years learning how to walk again. Schwass tells the story of the accident, the aftermath, and the life of discipline, will, and learning that he pursued in order to walk unaided and live independently. As the first known chronic quadriplegic to walk naturally, Michael, along with insightful questions from co-author Clarence Trausch Ed.D, chronicles his adventurous journey.

“Don’t Blame the Game” is written to inspire the able-bodied person, and the disabled alike, to meet and overcome challenges in their life, large or small. In today’s world there is a remarkable urge to skip responsibility and look to blame someone or something for unhappiness or underachievement. As a life coach consultant with 12 years of postsecondary education in the dynamics of human behavior, Schwass lists suggestions for peace, contentment and effective living skills.

As a 21-year member of the National Speakers Association, Schwass speaks to and inspires corporations, professional membership organizations, schools and youth ministries. A member of the National Association of Social Workers and holding a Master's Degree (MSW) in mental health and children and family services, he guides others to reach their goals and gives direction to those who may be facing life transitions.

“Don’t Blame the Game” has received glowing reviews from Foreword Magazine, one of the nation’s top ten book reviewers, as well as endorsements from the Miami Herald, the Chicago Tribune, and ESPN Sports Network. To arrange for Michael to speak to your group or for an individual coaching consultation call 847-699-6454, or log on to his website . The book can be purchased by phone,website or Blackhawks store.

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