Advanced Disposal Driver's Son Brings Home Gold and Inspires Others to Overcome Challenges
MELROSE PARK, Ill.
Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, applauds the achievements of a member of its extended family, Paralympian Brody Roybal, son of Melrose Park, Ill., recycling driver Robert Roybal.
At 15 years old, Brody was the youngest U.S. Paralympic athlete at the Sochi games where his sled hockey team defeated Russia to win the gold medal on March 15. A sophomore at West Leyden High School in Northlake, Ill., Brody scored two goals in games leading up to the showdown between the U.S. and Russia.
The teen discovered his talent for and love of sled hockey at the age of 7. Born without legs, he had been searching for a modified sport he could play and enjoy. Sled hockey fit the bill. Participants, who can't use traditional skates because of varying disabilities, sit in sleds and use two shorter sticks to propel them around the ice and to control the puck.
While Brody plays on a youth team and practices with an adult team in the Chicago area, he increased the frequency and intensity of an already demanding routine upon learning he made the national team in July. In addition to early morning and late night practices, Brody works in midday training at school. His efforts were supported by his father, whom he calls his hero, and mother, Michelle, who both drove him wherever he needed to go.
“It’s all him. We may drive him, but he does everything on his own,” said his father, downplaying the commitment required of parents of athletes of Brody’s caliber.
With the positive and exhilarating experience of Sochi barely behind him, Brody has no intention of letting up on his practice schedule. He has sights set on competing at the international level again next year and in the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea.
But Brody does take time to speak to elementary through high students about perseverance and bullying. “The best advice I ever received was from my coach, Jim, who said ‘Legs are overrated. You don’t need them to do what you want to do in life.’”
About Advanced Disposal
Advanced Disposal brings fresh ideas and solutions to the business of a clean environment. As the largest privately-owned environmental services company in the U.S., we provide integrated, non-hazardous solid waste collection, recycling and disposal services to residential, commercial, industrial and construction customers across 17 states and the Bahamas. Our team is dedicated to finding effective, sustainable solutions to preserve the environment for future generations. We welcome you to learn more at AdvancedDisposal.com or follow us on Facebook.
Mary O’Brien, Chief Marketing Officer
(904) 737-7900, mobrien@AdvancedDisposal.com