Slotkin speaks in recognition of Howell’s own real-life warrior

Tegan Roobol

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last week to recognize the amazing work of Tegan Robool, a physical therapist and Howell resident fighting for children with disabilities.

Roobol, who has competed in American Ninja Warrior competitions, developed a ninja warrior program for children with special needs. As a physical therapist at Livingston Educational Service Agency, Roobol works with kids who have disabilities or who have suffered traumatic injuries.

You can read our story on Roobol by clicking here.

Slotkin’s remarks on the House floor, as delivered, are below and can be viewed here:

“Today, I rise to honor Tegan Roobol of Howell, Michigan. As a physical therapist who works with children with disabilities and those who’ve suffered from traumatic injuries through the Livingston Educational Services Agency, Ms. Roobol has helped hundreds of children to walk, master basic motor skills, and gain independence.

“Recently, this inspiring mother of two had the chance to try out some obstacles of her own when she competed on the popular American series, ‘American Ninja Warrior.’ Frustrated with the lack of recreation opportunities for those with disabilities, she developed a unique, adaptive ninja warrior program for children with special needs and founded a nonprofit organization to reach even more kids. 

“Roobol has also worked to overcome the obstacles of the stigma around mental illness and bravely shared her own battle with depression in a book she authored. Regardless of what happens on the obstacle course, Ms. Roobol is a real-life warrior fighting to make a difference for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

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