Dick Hoyt of Team Hoyt Speaks at Hyde School

Woodstock, CT—On Saturday, October 23, Hyde School hosted Dick Hoyt, 70, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, as a guest speaker at 8:30 a.m. in the Cultural Center during the school’s family weekend.

Hoyt, determined to support his son’s wishes in living an active life despite Rick’s physical challenges, has served as the “muscle” for Team Hoyt, pushing Rick’s wheelchair through 28 Boston Marathons, 6 Ironman Triathlons, and in many other marathons and triathlons around the world. Many would say, including Hoyt, that Rick has served as the inspiration for their team.

Beyond the team’s athletic accomplishments, Rick, with the steadfast support of his father, graduated from Boston University with a degree in special education.

“I completed my first Ironman triathlon with Team Hoyt,” remarked Hyde Associate Head of School Bob Felt. “They’re a very inspirational duo from which I think we can all learn, and I’m excited to have them speak to our families this weekend.”

Terry Walsh, director of academics at Hyde School, also expressed the importance of having Hoyt speak at Hyde. “Their motto ‘You can do it’ truly models the concept of turning obstacles into opportunities and defying the odds. Dick’s devotion and dedication to his son is a great role model for all of us.”

For more information, contact Laura Michaels, 860-963-4763, lmichaels@hyde.edu