Andrew Rosacker

Athletics | Swimming


Further personal information

Boston, MA, USA
Motivational Speaker, Veteran
Higher education
University of Oklahoma: Norman, OK, USA

General interest

Dallas (, 26 Jan 2013)
Snowboarding, bowling, supporting NFL team the Dallas Cowboys. (Facebook profile, 02 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
In April 2013 he threw the ceremonial first pitch at the MLB game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays. (, 23 Apr 2013)
Other sports
He competed in para-swimming at the 2012 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Richmond, VA, United States. (, 30 Jun 2012)
He had a stroke in 2010 and his heart stopped twice after he was taken to hospital. The stroke led to paralysis on the left side of his body, and he was initially told by doctors that he would be unable to walk again. However, he recovered sufficiently to be able to walk unaided. (, 26 Jan 2013)
Other information
He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by becoming a marine in the US Armed Forces. He joined in 1989 and served in the Gulf War and Somalia, as well as training an Iraqi SWAT team between 2003 and 2007. In 2003, while stationed in Iraq, he was involved in a car bombing that resulted in him thrown from his vehicle and landing headfirst on the street. He experienced post-traumatic stress and depression following the incident. "When I woke up, I was being pronounced dead. In the end, my whole team died in that blast except for me." (, 26 Jan 2013;, 16 Sep 2012)

He hopes to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and believes it would be his greatest accomplishment if he qualifies. "If I'm going from being pronounced dead to making the US team, how often does that happen?" (, 26 Jan 2013)