Bradshaw, Hughes Captivate RVIA Audience
NFL legend Terry Bradshaw and musical prodigy Patrick Henry Hughes thrilled the audience with inspiring appearances at Outlook 2011: “A New Era Begins,” held Tuesday (Nov. 30) at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.
The event kicked off the 48th Annual National RV Trade Show, sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Appearing courtesy of the major sponsorship of EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, Bradshaw tapped his trademark enthusiasm to share remarks on his personal game plan for success and his thoughts on the RV industry, according to a news release.
Bradshaw, whose affiliation with Evergreen’s line of eco-friendly trailers was announced earlier this year, said he has been impressed with the RV industry. “The industry has a great reputation and the outlook for the future is good.”
Bradshaw told the audience that he is an avid RV owner of a fifth-wheel travel trailer. “I take my RV all across the country, showing horses with my daughter,” he said. “Traveling by RV is a great way to go for families.”
He also advised attendees to simply have fun to be successful. “It you love what you do and are committed to what you do, you will have that passion that is needed to flourish.”
A native of Louisville, Hughes was joined by his father, Patrick John Hughes, in a powerful performance that touched on his heartwarming story of overcoming tremendous obstacles and included two songs — “What a Wonderful World” and “America the Beautiful.”
Patrick Henry Hughes was born unable to walk and without eyesight, but he has overcome these physical issues to excel as a musician and student. He has been featured on Oprah, Ellen, NBC’s Today, and ABC’s Extreme Make Over Home Edition
A musical genius, he began playing the piano at 9 months old and is now a virtuoso pianist, vocalist and trumpet player. He even participates in the University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band with help from his father, who tirelessly maneuvers his wheel chair through the formations.
“I mean, God made me blind and didn’t give me the ability to walk…big deal,” said Patrick. “He gave me the talent to play piano and trumpet and all that good stuff. There are days when I’d rather stay at home, but life is about overcoming obstacles no matter how big they may seem.”
“I always thought I’d have a son who would be a hero on the football field,” dad Patrick John added. “Little did I know that he would be in a wheel chair as a member of the band, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m so proud of Patrick Henry and all that he’s accomplished.