AR the Inspiration
|Birth name||Arthur Renowitzky|
|Born||1987 (age 33–34)|
Minot, North Dakota
|Occupation(s)||Motivational Speaker, Musician, Actor, Activist|
Arthur Renowwitzki  also known as 'AR the Inspiration,' founded Life Goes On in 2007 after he was shot chest outside of a San Francisco night club by an unknown assailant, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. The shooter took $20 dollars from Arthur and was never found. After a 23-day battle in a medically induced coma, Renowitzky woke on Christmas Eve day to learn he would never walk again. That news inspired him to fight paralysis by spreading spinal cord injury awareness and gave him the “line in the sand” against youth violence; Renowitzky knew the best route was to found his nonprofit, LGO, and aggressively spreading his message of overcoming adversity.
He was born on an Air Force base in Minot, North Dakota on September 22, 1987. Due to his father being in the military he has lived in various parts of Northern California; Berkeley, Vallejo, Fresno, Modesto, Castro Valley, Alameda, grew up most of his life in San Leandro and now resides in San Lorenzo.
Arthur also composes music. It has helped alleviate his situation. He dedicates his lyrics to the dangers of gun violence. He has recorded many records and has collaborated with many of today's most known Bay Area musicians. Currently, AR's video to the songs "Smile" "Dreaming of Walking" "Life Ain't Easy" "I'm Thankful" "Don't Take My Shine" can be seen on regular rotation on the famed music video program CMC. He became an innocent victim of senseless gun violence and as a result he is now paralyzed. He has dreams of walking again and works hard at making that a reality. Check out his latest music video "Dreaming Of Walking" on YouTube. He cites, "Never give up and keep it pushing". Arthur has appeared on national television, on radio stations, he speaks frequently to juvenile hall incarcerated youth, high schools, he has been a key note speaker at numerous events and is now well known in Hollywood for his music and Activism in California communities. He is an advocate against senseless youth violence and has a passion for spreading spinal cord injury awareness.
Arthur Renowitzky is the executive director and co-founder of Life Goes On Foundation (LGO) a nonpolitical/nonprofit organization working in the state of California to help bring an end to violence amongst youth and encouraging positive lifestyle through extracurricular activities.
Additionally, Arthur has interviewed with over 50 different media outlets where he discussed his role in ending gun violence. Arthur has also presented his ‘story’ to over 130 high schools and middle schools, as well as juvenile halls, disciplinary camps, Boys & Girls Club(s), YMCA, Oakland City Hall, churches and many hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. It is estimated that Arthur has addressed over 100,000 youth on the dangers of gun violence and how they must have the strength to be good citizens and find positive ways to overcome their life obstacles. As Arthur often says “If I can get one kid, just one, to hear my story about how senseless gun violence damaged me but how I overcame this life obstacle with no remorse or need for revenge – and that kid decides to play sports, volunteer or anything besides picking up a gun, I HAVE DONE MY JOB!”
Renowitzky plays for the BORP All Stars a semi professional wheelchair basketball team. He credits wheelchair basketball for bringing him out of his depression from the shooting. One day after a hand cycling experience, he met with a wheelchair basketball coach and found a new passion, strength and confidence. Now he shares his love for basketball when he coaches for the Boys and Girls Club, Boys basketball team in San Leandro.
In recognition of his work, Arthur was named a Home Town hero by the Bay Area News Group for the summer of 2009 and also received a citation of appreciation from the Oakland Mayoral Council Against Violence that same year.
- Arthur Renowitzky,
- Kurhi, Eric (August 10, 2009). "From his wheelchair, San Leandro shooting survivor strives to change youth gun culture", Oakland Tribune. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
Arthur cites American inspirational public figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Pauley Perrette, Michael Jordan, Eminem, Steve Jobs, Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Jay-Z, 2Pac, Stephen Curry, as major influences, with 2Pac being his biggest. He stated: "There are many others, but those are the ones that come to mind at this time. Those public figures and artists are basically the template to my format as an Artist. They all capture me with their contribution to the world, whether it be the music, acting, vibe, delivery, cadence, entrepreneurship or just their inspiring personal story."
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