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Kelly Crowley ’99, Founder/Director, ParaSport Institute; Coach, Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics

Kelly Crowley ’99

Kelly Crowley ’99 is a two-sport Paralympic medalist and a retired professional cyclist. She is a writer and speaker, a USA swimming coach, and founder/director of the ParaSport Institute.

Over the course of her professional athletic career, Kelly won numerous National Championship titles in both swimming and cycling. As a swimmer, Kelly held two World records, competed at the 2003 FINA World Championships, and won two gold medals in the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games. As a cyclist, Kelly was a World Champion time trialist in 2007 and raced professionally with Primal/Map My Ride women’s team in 2012. Kelly qualified to compete in the 2012 London Paralympic Games where she won two bronze medals, despite breaking her collarbone in a professional race five and a half weeks before the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Kelly was the valedictorian of her class at Santa Clara University and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She worked in a variety of positions in Bay Area non-profit organizations before becoming a swimming coach. She serves on the Disability Committee for Pacific Swimming and is a certified ASCA Level 3 Disability Coach and USA Swimming Level 2 Coach. She is also the author of the Para-cycling chapter of the USA Cycling Level 3 Coaching Manual.

Kelly collaborates with numerous sport organizations in the Northern California Regional Network of Paralympic Sport clubs to provide competitive sport opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Northern California Olympians & Paralympians, and contributed to the Bay Area’s bid for the 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

Kelly travels the country speaking to audiences about overcoming adversity, the dogged pursuit of excellence, and the benefits of integrated sport. Her corporate clients include The Hartford, Levi Strauss & Co, and the Green River Small Business Development Center. Locally, her academic clients include UC Berkeley, Menlo College, Palo Alto Unified School District, Menlo Park City School District, and Cal State - East Bay.

Kelly is married to a cyclist/lawyer/chef, “owns” a cat with a ridiculous amount of personality, and loves to swim, cycle, shoot hoops, hike, and eat her husband’s culinary creations.

Unconscious Bias in Professional Coaching

By Kelly Crowley ’99
My grandmother was a home-owning single-mother-of-two in an era when it wasn't socially acceptable for women to do those things alone. I grew...
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Can You Reduce Stress with a Minimalist Life?

By Kelly Crowley ’99
Does each and every item in your home “spark joy” for you? This is the fundamental question that organizing consultant Marie Kondo asks her clients. Never mind...
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Sports Skills Can Strengthen Tomorrow’s Workforce

By Kelly Crowley ’99
As robots come for our jobs, the global population continues to grow, and the climate changes, the workforce will eventually resemble the elite...
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How to Beat a Bully

By Kelly Crowley ’99
When I was in middle school, no one used the word “bullying” to describe the treatment I got from my classmates. What we might now call bullying...
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Does Paralympic Classification Encourage Cheating?

By Kelly Crowley ’99
If you couldn’t feel the pain, would you be willing to break a bone in your body or drive a nail into your foot for the sake of winning the Olympics? One British...
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Rio Games: Would I Go?

By Kelly Crowley ’99
The sky is apparently falling in Rio de Janeiro as the Olympics and Paralympics draw near, and reporters are suggesting this could be the first failed...
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Russian Spies, Drug Tests, and the Olympics

By Kelly Crowley ’99
The first time the anti-doping officials knock on your door at dawn it feels like an honor. Long before the realization sets in that some athletes' drug...
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Why Is Martha Stewart So Excited About Cleaning?

By Kelly Crowley ’99
“There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean,” says Martha Stewart. She must be kidding! I can think of few things more...
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Why we Should Celebrate Women in Sports

By Kelly Crowley ’99
Every time my rollerblades went clickety-clack on the tiles in the Graham 100 lobby at 1 a.m. for those blissful night skates on Alameda mall...
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How A Gratitude Journal Changed My Life

By Kelly Crowley ’99
'Tis the season of gratitude. Are you posting daily bits of gratitude to your Facebook feed? Does a habit of gratitude make you more satisfied...
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SF Giants Tell Rookie Players: Don't Look Up

By Kelly Crowley ’99
San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Duffy has good advice: Don't look up. Not to the stands and not to the big name athletes who arrived...
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Why You Should Listen to Your Inner Voice

By Kelly Crowley ’99
First thing Monday morning, the basketball court at the Riekes Center was silent when I flicked on the lights. The ball made a lonely "boom... boom" ...
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