SHEPHERDSTOWN - Amy Roloff told the crowd at Shepherd University that it had not been the ridicule, judgment, name calling and criticism from others that were most damaging to her potential, but rather her own negative attitudes about herself.
Roloff spoke to more than 200 people in the student center about overcoming adversity in recognition of National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day Wednesday morning in a presentation sponsored by Shepherd University Intramurals.
"I had to overcome my own attitudes and perceptions of myself. I had to believe that I was here for a reason and that I, even as a little person, had value," Roloff said. "To do that, I needed some sort of hope and some sort of faith. I had to understand that God doesn't make mistakes."
Roloff delivered a humorous and heartfelt presentation to the crowd of mostly students at the Storer Center. She focused her lecture around a quote from Mike Singletary, former NFL player who most recently coached the San Francisco 49ers. The quote, "Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play," sums up the challenge for little people and lots of other people too, Roloff said.
"All anyone wants is the opportunity to play the game," she said.
Worrell felt she would be a perfect fit and described the event as a great success.
"I'm a big fan of the show. And she worked in education, she played sports and she coached soccer. And she's also a beautiful person," he said.
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