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Underdog stories are legacies that never die. Tune in every Tuesday to discover underdogs who persevered and overcame the adversity they faced. Hear their stories. Be inspired. Find the will to never give up.

Underdog Scott Kujak

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9, 31 Ratings

Underdog stories are legacies that never die. Tune in every Tuesday to discover underdogs who persevered and overcame the adversity they faced. Hear their stories. Be inspired. Find the will to never give up.

    84: Blind Flamekeeper with Michael Cleveland

    84: Blind Flamekeeper with Michael Cleveland

    Michael Cleveland was born blind but he knew he was born to be a fiddler at four years old. Described as “untouchable” by Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, Michael was awarded the 2020 GRAMMY for Best Bluegrass Album - Tall Fiddler, and is the IBMA’s most awarded Fiddle Player of the Year with 12 wins, has won Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year 6 times, and fronts their 6-Time Instrumental Group of the Year. In this episode:
    Determined to be a fiddler player after hearing “Orange Blossom Special” on the fiddle at four years old Learning to play at the Kentucky School of the Blind Finding and refining passion for the fiddle every single day as a child “When you go to the school of the blind, you’re nothing special because everyone else is visually impaired, too.” The Grand Ole Opry, his favorite spot that he played in as a teenager Forming the band, Michael Clevelend and Flamekeeper, with musicians he grew up playing with Grammy award, 12 time Fiddle Player of the Year, 6 time Instrumental Group of the Year How Michael is trying to transform the stigma of bluegrass music by blending it with other music varieties You can learn more about Michael & Flamkeeper at flamekeeperband.com as well as MC Flamekeeper on Facebook and Instagram

    • 49 min
    83: Find Your Inner Gold with Karen Darke

    83: Find Your Inner Gold with Karen Darke

    Karen Darke became paralyzed from the chest down in a climbing accident but became a Silver Medalist and Gold Medalist in the Paralympics representing England. In this episode:
    Growing up with a passion for rock climbing What happened during her climbing accident in Scotland? Running out of strength under an overhang and falling onto rocks below Waking up 3 days later and hearing that she is paralyzed from the chest down Her friend’s climbing accident death helped her live life to the fullest after her accident Removing herself from the mountains temporarily to heal emotionally Cycling through the Himalayan Mountains with friends for six weeks Kayaking from Vancouver to Alaska without transporting her wheelchair Crossing Greenland on a sit-skit Winning the Silver Medal in the 2012 Paralympics in her home country England Winning the Gold Medal in the 2016 Paralympics Breaking the land speed record at 41.86mph The number 79 and the Quest 79 mission – Find Your Inner Gold at the Pole of Possibility You can learn more about Karen at karendarke.com and on Instagram @handbikedarke

    • 40 min
    82: Constructing Forgiveness with Derek Stone

    82: Constructing Forgiveness with Derek Stone

    Derek Stone grew up in small town Alabama and pursued a music career just after high school. His up-and-down journey brought him to Nashville where he made the difficult decision to give up music and start a construction business. Years later, he now runs a million dollar company and shares why he decided to forgive those who hurt him the most. In this episode:
    Growing up without his biological father Handling abuse from his stepfather as a teenager and blaming his father for the lack of protection Growing up in the Deep South learning how to fight, work, and live day-to-day Pursuing a music career and moving to Nashville Changing life directions and opening a business in construction Handling the unknown of his wife’s cancer diagnosis How a musician grew a construction business to over $1 million gross revenue per year Learning how to forgive his father and reestablish a relationship with him Publishing his book, “Why Should I Forgive?” You can learn more about Derek at derekstone.online

    • 54 min
    81: Get Back on the Horse with Amberley Snyder

    81: Get Back on the Horse with Amberley Snyder

    We kickoff Season 3 with Amberley's Snyder return to rodeo after breaking her back and becoming paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident. In this episode:
    Why Amberley fell in love with horses during childhood All of the events in rodeo she competed in over the years and the championship belts she won How an accident left her paralyzed from the waist down Pushing through rehab and leaning on her family support system Getting back on the horse and what it was like the first day Returning to rodeo and competition Handling stardom and inspiring others through her competitive spirit Writing a book and helping Netflix produce a movie based on her story You can learn more about her at amberleysnyder.org and on Instagram @Amberleysnyder

    • 27 min
    80: Run Free Run with Maggie Seymour

    80: Run Free Run with Maggie Seymour

    Maggie Seymour is an Intelligence Officer in the Marines. She has a mission to run across all 50 states to raise money for local charities. In this episode:
    Feeling inspired to join the Marines after her cousin lost his life in Iraq Her experience in boot camp as one of only a handful of women in her platoon Serving as an Intelligence Officer in the Marines for 10 years of active duty before transitioning to the reserves Serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait Hating the first mile she ever ran to running over 30 miles everyday across the United States Running is like a “Fine Scotch, it takes time to acquire the taste.” Running across the country and across different states gives her the chance to reconnect with a large chunk of the country that she never knew that she served during her deployments Selecting a different local organization to raise money for in each state she runs across Running through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in less than three weeks with only one rest day Her favorite states and the most difficult states to run across The most interesting people she met? Rattlesnake hunters in New Mexico “We are our choices.” You can discover more about Maggie at runfreerun.com and you can follow her on Instagram @runfreerunner

    • 52 min
    79: Rip the Bandage with Adriane Fields

    79: Rip the Bandage with Adriane Fields

    Adriane Fields is a survivor of rape and the founder of Rip the Bandage which helps the homeless, victims of abuse, and others within her community. In this episode:
    Challenged with paranoia after hearing of two rape and murder cases near her apartment complex Feeling like she would be the next one to be attacked Waking up in the middle of the night due to someone breaking into her apartment Surviving rape and escaping death from the man known as the “Bathtub Murderer” Losing her mind in the immediate aftermath Getting angry at God for a long time after the attack Finding healing in the therapeutic relief of sharing her story and talking with others Rip the Bandage – A nonprofit focused on helping less fortunate individuals like the homeless and victims of abuse The joy she experienced when her perpetrator was found and arrested Learning to remove the spirit of fear cast over her life The difference between teaching out of fear vs. teaching out of love “That was a fearless lion in baby mode. It’s time to roar, let’s go!” You can follow Adriane at https://ripthebandage.wixsite.com/rip2 or on Facebook @ Rip The Bandage

    • 57 min

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31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Jha0033 ,

Great Listen!

Underdog Podcast is a great listen! Hearing stories of underdogs and how they preserved through life’s storms is a inspiration! Scott does a great job!

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Scott came to my school a couple weeks ago, and presented some of the stories so I thought I’d check them out. I fell in love instantly!

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Listen to this well organized and researched podcast. The stories are inspiring and a wonderful testimony to human resilience!

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