North Central College - Naperville, IL

Brian Lee ’01

Brian Lee ’01 was the keynote speaker at North Central’s 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast and told the gathering how King’s words helped him overcome adversity when he sustained a season-ending injury during his football-playing days at North Central.“Dr. King said, ‘If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward,’” Lee said, citing a 1963 speech King made in Birmingham, AL. “After my injury, I supported the team any way I could … In life, it’s not about how bad your situation is, it’s how you handle your situation.” Lee bounced back from the knee injury his sophomore year and went on to earn All-Conference football honors. Since 2001, Lee has worked at Elk Grove High School, where he teaches physical education and coaches varsity football, junior varsity softball and freshman girls basketball. He’s an ordained deacon with the Baptist Church.