When his left arm was severed in-utero, Kevin Laue was left with a “nub” that barely extended below his elbow.  Despite his prodigious height, red hair and extraordinary athleticism, the “nub” was the thing that defined him and held him back.

With the help of a dedicated AAU basketball coach, Kevin eventually learned to see his “nub” as a strength rather than a handicap and channeled that strength on to the basketball court where he became the first player missing a limb to play NCAA Division 1 basketball.

Today, Kevin challenges his audience to “find their nub” and turn their own weakness in to a strength by understanding it better.


The need to innovate; “Sometimes we have to find new ways to do old things”

What it means to be a leader

Finding strength in the team around you

Finding positive direction among negative influences

Overcoming obstacles

Tales from the basketball court



“Kevin touches every athlete, everyone business person, every parent, everyone…. He is a person has overcome more than ten people combined and has come out on top. Look forward to the impact he will have on people worldwide.”

“Kevin delivered an inspirational message about hope, potential, and the power of compassionate teachers to our faculty. He is a special individual with a natural talent for connecting his personal story to the challenges we all face in life.”

“Kevin’s story is remarkable! A real inspiration for all walks of life. Every person Kevin encounters he leaves a lasting impression! I believe he will go on to do some amazing things.”

“Kevin is a true inspiration who speaks directly from the heart.  He is a caring and compassionate person who has an important message that everyone should hear, young and old alike.  After hearing Kevin’s message you will feel empowered to make positive changes in your life.”

“What an amazing person and an amazing story that is absolutely relevant for everything we do here day-in, day-out.  Everyone really appreciated it and I was blown away by it all.  What a great sense of humor and example for all of us to emulate.  I haven’t stopped thinking about Kevin – and how many lives he’s influenced through his story. He was humble, articulate, determined.”

“Kevin has one of the most incredible stories I have ever heard. The kids love Kevin, he is a great speaker and even a better person. I look forward to having Kevin speak again!”


  • "Kevin Atlas is the most exciting player in basketball"

  • "Kevin's remarkable and perfectly told story will make you laugh, cry, and think."

  • "Kevin's ability to overcome adversity is a testament to his character, and I admire his strong spirit and resolve. Kevin's dedicated efforts are setting a fine example for people across America."

  • "Kevin is a true inspiration to the game of basketball."

  • "Mr. Atlas is an intriguing subject, smart, affable, and with a dry wit. His story is a memorable account of an inspiring struggle to finish on top."