In the spring of 1977, Rick Hoyt told his father, Dick Hoyt, that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night, Rick told his father, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not disabled.”
This realization was just the beginning of what would become over 1,000 races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons. Read more...
Since 1989, The Hoyt Foundation has worked tirelessly to build the individual character, confidence and self-esteem of America’s disabled and physically challenged young people through inclusion in all facets of daily life.
Dick Hoyt was the surprise headline speaker at an annual conference presented by Le-Vel earlier this year. An audience of more than 20,000 was moved by Dick’s story of his son’s perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds...
On a bright Sunday last April, Bryan Lyons, D95, took the mound at Fenway Park to toss the ceremonial first pitch—and to mark the evolution of yet another great Boston tradition. Dick Hoyt, who has pushed his son, Rick, in a wheelchair in every Boston Marathon since 1980.
Methuen’s Lyons to continue Team Hoyt tradition at Boston Marathon By Dave Dyer/Eagle Tribune There may be no “I” in team, but there can sure be a lot of personal enjoyment and satisfaction. Just ask Methuen’s Bryan Lyons, who is a proud member of Team Hoyt and will get what he believes will be the […]
By: Josh Misner / Huffington Post In 1962, Dick and Judy Hoyt welcomed their son, Rick, into an unsuspecting world — a world that would forever be changed by their presence and sacrifice. Because of complications with his birth, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. According to a CBS interview, Dick […]
Dick and Rick are forever grateful for the monetary donations that are made to help further the education of people living with disabilities to become active members of their communities. Since the inception of The Hoyt Foundation, Dick and Rick have been working tirelessly to improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities.
Your donation will go towards the many activities The Hoyt Foundation participates in to keep this education going.
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After years of cheering on or even running behind Boston Marathon legends Dick and Rick Hoyt, Massachusetts drivers now have the opportunity to show their Team Hoyt support with a new special plate.
The Hoyt Foundation has been working with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to produce a new special plate for Massachusetts motorists. The plates design depicts father Dick Hoyt pushing his son Rick Hoyt in his familiar running chair. The cost of the plate includes a $40 special plate fee of which $28 goes to the Hoyt Foundation and $12 goes to the RMV for manufacturing costs.
Upon renewal, the Hoyt Foundation will get the full $40. The Hoyts, who ran in 32 Boston Marathons together and over 1100 athletic events, competed in their last Boston Marathon together in 2014. Pre-orders for plates are currently being collected and numbers 100-850 are being assigned.
If interested in applying for the Team Hoyt plate, email