September 26, 2012

Owens Findlay-area Campus Presents Motivational Speaker Hector Manley, Oct. 3

FINDLAY, Ohio – Area residents are invited to hear the inspirational words of motivational speaker Hector Manley as he takes attendees on a personal journey through the many obstacles and successes in his life as part of a free lecture presentation at the Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Presented in conjunction with the College’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the lecture will begin at 12 p.m. in the College’s Conference Center on the Findlay-area Campus. Owens is located on Bright Road in Findlay. Admission to the event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Born and raised in a small village in El Salvador, Manley enjoyed a typical childhood. However, in 2001, his life was forever changed as one of the largest earthquakes in the country’s history shook El Salvador. At the time of the earthquake, Manley was playing near a ravine where garbage was burning, and as the ground shook, he fell into the burning ravine.

Manley suffered third degree burns on 70 percent of his body, resulting in the amputation of both legs. After spending four months at a children’s hospital in San Salvador, he met a group of Rotarians who brought him to the United States for further medical treatment.

Eleven years later, Manley’s life is full of hope and promise, which includes recently graduating from the University of Tampa. Manley also is an avid golfer and has introduced many children to the game of golf through the First Tee Foundation. Additionally, he has a passion for adventure and being a double amputee has not stopped him from skydiving, scuba diving, hang gliding or whitewater rafting.

This past summer, Manley kayaked the Mississippi River from its source in Minnesota to its mouth in New Orleans as part of a fundraising campaign titled “Paddling for a Purpose”. Funds generated from the trip benefited the Wounded Warrior Project as well as the Wheelchair Foundation.

His future plans include writing a book about his life and undertaking many other adventures that inspire people with obstacles and barriers in their daily lives.

For additional information about the free lecture, call (567) 429-3029 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3029.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit