Brent Sopel is a former professional hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1996 to 2011, winning the Stanley Cup Championship with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. In 2015 Brent discovered that he had dyslexia. Because Brent was not diagnosed in childhood he never received the appropriate teaching methods to be successful in school. He leaned on putting his attention toward hockey because on the ice he was able to focus on something other than school.
Brent’s struggles with dyslexia inspired him to launch the Brent Sopel Foundation; an organization committed to broadening dyslexia awareness and provides financial and educational support to those with dyslexia and their families.
In addition to his dyslexia diagnosis Brent also has dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD.
Because of his understanding on a personal level of a wide variety of issues that commonly affect an athlete. Brent can use his personal experience to relate to others that also struggle in a way that has never been done before.