Why hire Craig Dietz?
Despite being born without limbs, Craig Dietz is continuously challenging himself. Craig has been a licensed attorney for over 10 years, but his true passion is athletics. In addition to being a league bowler and avid outdoorsman, Craig has competed in several open water swims and triathlon relays, finishing swims up to two miles in length. As a motivational speaker, Craig tells his amazing life story with his unique brand of levity and candor in a manner that will entertain, inspire, inform and challenge his audiences.
Craig Dietz was born on April 13, 1974 in the rural town of St. Marys, Pennsylvania. Despite being born without limbs, Craig had a very active childhood, bowling in a league, hunting, fishing, playing percussion in the highschool band and graduating on the honor society.
Craig graduated from Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, in 1996 with a B.A. in Political Science. While at Duquesne, he was very active in the campus ministry and a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1999, and passed the PA Bar Exam on his first attempt without any special accomodations. Craig worked as an Assistant City Solicitor with the City of Harrisburg until 2006, when he took the same position with the City of Pittsburgh.
In addition to bowling, hunting, fishing, skiing and playing volleybal, Craig always had a passion for swimming. But it wasn't until 2008 that he started training for long distance open water swimming and finished the 1500 meter Allegheny River swim in 40:20 as part of a relay team in the Pittsburgh Triathlon.
Craig returned to the Pittsburgh Tri in 2009 and took nearly six minutes off his swim time, finishing ahead of more than 100 able-bodied competitors. Craig also competed in two Half Iron Man triathlons, finishing the 1.2 mile swim in 46:12 on May 31, and then 41:58 on September 20. As if that weren't enough, Craig also finished his first 2-mile open water swim in the Summer of 2009. In 2010 Craig plans to compete in his first Iron Man swim (2.4 miles) and someday hopes to compete in the 4.4 mile Chessapeake Bay Swim.
Craig's parents, two sisters and brother have always been extremely support of all of his activities throughout his life. His family was particularly instrumental in getting driving lessons for him and purchasing a van equipped for him to drive. Craig is engaged to be married in the Fall of 2010, and has lived independently since graduating from law school.
Craig's story has been featured in ESPN The Magazine, on KDKA-TV News in Pittsburgh, and most recently, on ESPN's television show E:60.
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