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Obstacles & Opportunities

Apr 2021

Michael Frogley

April 4, 2021

Michael Frogley—widely known as Frog—is a revered wheelchair basketball player and coach. After becoming paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident in 1986, he was introduced to wheelchair basketball while at a rehab centre in Ottawa.

He made Team Canada in 1989 and competed with the Canadian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, where Canada placed fourth.

He then served as the head coach of the Men’s National Team from 1996-2004. He guided Team Canada to Paralympic supremacy for the first time in program history with gold medals in 2000 AND 2004, as well as a Paralympic silver medal in 2008.

Frog also served as an assistant coach in 2006 as the Canadian men won their first World Championship title.

He coached men’s and women’s collegiate wheelchair basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the University of Illinois, leading his teams to a combined 12 national championship titles.

Frog served as inspiration to a participant in the third season of the documentary series Mind Set Go.

He has received several awards during his illustrious career- including being inducted into the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame!

Frog has a Master of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and he currently lives near Toronto with his wife, Mo, and three kids.

He is hard-working, and committed to empowering others to achieve their best on and off the court. We can all learn from his inspiring mindset.

We hope you enjoy our conversation!