Teddy and Cheryl Kremer to speak at Jan. 26-27 “Think Tank” event


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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – When Teddy Kremer was born, the doctors told his mother, Cheryl, that her son had Down syndrome and might never talk, walk, or smile.

More than thirty years later, he not only talks, walks, and smiles, but has also won the hearts of the entire Greater Cincinnati community as an honorary batboy for the Cincinnati Reds since 2012. 

He has told his remarkable story of perseverance and courage in the local and national news media, including in an ESPN documentary, to help bring attention to what those with disabilities can achieve. And his infectious grin now graces the cover of the forthcoming book, “Stealing First: the Teddy Kremer Story” from Deeds Publishing.

On Jan. 26 and 27, Teddy and Cheryl Kremer will share their remarkable journey with the community during a “Think Tank” event offered by the College of Education and Human Services at Northern Kentucky University. The theme of the event is: ‘Don't tell me what I can't do. Let me show you what I CAN do!’

“We are happy to welcome Teddy and Cheryl Kremer to NKU and thank them for joining us for this important dialogue about what individuals with disabilities can achieve and how the community can better support and encourage them,” said Dr. Cindy Reed, dean of NKU’s College of Education and Human Services.

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Teddy and Cheryl Kremer will deliver a keynote address at 7 p.m. in the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union Ballroom. 

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, they will participate in a panel discussion and facilitated workshop to discuss the challenges – and opportunities – faced by disabled persons. That event is 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

“Children, given the opportunity, can do so much – whether it’s a typical child or a child with a disability. And it’s very important for us to support them,” said Cheryl Kremer, a retired elementary school teacher.

Mike Buchanan and Diane Lang, co-authors of “Stealing First”, will join the Kremers at the keynote address.

The two-day event is presented by NKU’s College of Education and Human Services in partnership with the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Inclusive Excellence.

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Join in the conversation on social media with the hashtag #ICanNKU. 

This is the second event in NKU’s Think Tank series, which is designed to foster thought-provoking learning and dialogue that results in individual and collective commitments to make a positive difference in the community.

For more information or to register, visit coehs.nku.edu/thinktank.html.