Even with the obstacles of this bone disorder and the use of a manual wheelchair, Chaz graduated from Edinboro University with a degree in Sports Administration. While at Edinboro, he served as the Vice President of Student Government and worked with young students for three years in Residence Life. “Edinboro University was a truly magical place for me as it opened doors, showed me I can be successful and provided me with the knowledge I need to make things happen.”
In his spare time, Chaz serves on several non-profit boards including the Edinboro Alumni Board, Consumer Health Coalition, UCP Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network. He also serves on state and city committees for the governor and mayor. In addition to his dedication to the region, Chaz also has a passion for adapted sports, in which he not only creates programs but actively participates. He is the coach for a wheelchair basketball team and also plays second base for Pittsburgh’s only wheelchair competitive softball team. Chaz notes that, “Wheelchair sports have been a blessing as I have had the opportunity to visit many parts of the United States that I would not have seen otherwise.”
Chaz credits his parents with providing inspiration and motivation to achieve his goals. “Without them, I would not have the strength, courage and will power. They have been a true blessing.” Always motivating him to be the best, Chaz considers his mother to be the rock of the family. Chaz describes his father as an energetic firecracker, always available and encouraging him to work hard and improve his skills. “My parents are the best and they continue to do everything they can to allow me to be happy and successful.”
Chaz can also be found conducting motivational and inspirational presentations to colleges, young groups and business
leaders. His messages include “living moment by moment” and “taking care of the little things which will result in the big things taking care of themselves.” He provides leadership and knowledge on topics concerning disability advocacy, transition, ethics, decision making and marketing.
While being very active and engaged in the Pittsburgh region, Chaz continues to state that his goals are not finished yet. “I want to make an impact on this region in a positive way and right now I try to do that through encouraging interactions
and helpful messages.” He hopes to continue to be an advocate for people with disabilities while assisting the Pirates with various community and diversity efforts.
Chaz did want to say “Thank you” to all those that have impacted, touched and changed his life over the years.