January 10, 2012
On Tuesday, January 31, Matt Roloff, best known for starring in The Learning Channel's reality show "Little People, Big World," will speak at Hampden-Sydney College.
In over 225 episodes, tens of millions of people around the world have followed the lives and challenges of the Roloff family at their home in Oregon, but there is more to Roloff's story than the TV show and being a devoted husband and father of four children. His topic on the 31st is entitled, "Against Tall Odds: Being a David in a Goliath World."
Roloff operates a successful family farm, has authored two books, was a top salesman for Fortune 500 companies, and currently owns a manufacturing company specializing in mobility equipment designed for little people. He has served as President of Little People of America and has since co-founded a non-profit organization that supports little people across the nation. Roloff has also made three humanitarian trips to the Middle East to facilitate life saving medical efforts for little people in Iraq.
Aside from Roloff's entrepreneurial success and celebrity, it is his personal story that has truly inspired so many. He has viewed the social stigmas and physical limitations of being a dwarf not as obstacles but as opportunities, helping him thrive in a world not always welcoming. He is a big thinker and an even bigger dreamer who has crafted ways to work around those challenges and move forward to achieve his goal of living an extraordinary life.
Roloff's life experiences have led to appearances on Oprah, The View, Good Morning America, The Bonny Hunt Show and the Rachel Ray Show. He has been interviewed by CNN, Fox News, the New York Times, People Magazine, and countless other media outlets.
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Political Economy, Roloff's talk will begin at 7:30 PM in Johns Auditorium. This event is free and open to the community.