Terry College of Business - University of Georgia

Terry Third Thursday

Terry Third Thursday is a breakfast speaker series for the Atlanta business community that features influential speakers, as well as special guests from the University of Georgia, who bring local and global perspectives on business and innovation.

Next Presentation February 17, 2022

Stephanie Stuckey

Jarryd Wallace

U.S. Paralympic Track Athlete 

Jarryd Wallace is not your typical high school track star turned professional athlete. 

His pursuit of world-class athletics took a detour at age 18 when he was diagnosed with compartment syndrome. In what should have been his first year as a NCAA Division 1 athlete, he had his leg amputated. While most people saw tragedy, Wallace came to understand his circumstances in different terms.

Wallace views life as a process of discovering one’s own potential, one that is not defined by stop watches, gold medals or financial windfalls. Instead, it is the spirit of living life to the fullest regardless of circumstances.

Despite his surgery, Wallace has continued to thrive on the track. He has won medals in three Paralympic Games, set four world records and became a three-time world champion. 

In addition to his athletic career, Wallace graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. He is now focused on developing affordable running blades to increase access and opportunities for other amputees. 

Wallace currently lives in his hometown of Watkinsville, Georgia, with his wife, Lea, and their son, Levi.

Upcoming Presenters

7:00am | January 20, 2022
Stephanie Stuckey

Jarryd Wallace
7:00 am | February 17, 2022

Shan Cooper
7:00 am | March 17, 2022


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