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Press Release: Coach Dar Will Headline Amputee Coalition Youth Engagement Program Luncheon, March 10-11

Mar 7, 2023 |

Contact: Jerrica Thurman, Chief Strategy & Communications Officer,  

YEP Youth Empowerment Luncheon(March 7, 2023, Washington, D.C.) The Amputee Coalition Youth Engagement Program (YEP) will feature Darleen “Coach Dar” Santore during its power-packed inaugural Youth Empowerment Luncheon for amputee youth ages 10-17. The luncheon, which will offer sessions on resilience, mental health, self-care, independent living, career mentorship, and more, will take place at the Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL, March 10-11. 

A board-certified occupational therapist, leadership adviser, and mental skills coach for top CEOs in the country and professional athletes in the world, Coach Dar works with NFL, NBA, and MLB players and celebrities on the art of bouncing back. She helps athletes, business leaders, career-minded professionals, and entrepreneurs up their game, overcome obstacles, gain a mental edge, get out of slumps, and become better leaders. The result? Individuals, corporate executives, and professional athletes and teams aim higher and achieve more.   

After suffering three strokes, the last leaving her without the ability to speak, Coach Dar fought her way back and now shares her powerful message around the globe. Through live events, videos, podcasts, books, and articles, she helps others take back control, inspiring them to reach for their highest potential … and then to reach even higher. 

Coach Dar is also a trailblazer for women and was awarded the Most Inspiring Woman by the WNBA. Darleen’s first book,The Art of Bouncing Back, released in February, walks readers through her proven process of overcoming setbacks quickly and effectively using actionable techniques and strategies. It contains inspiring stories that highlight one overarching truth: We’re not defined by our setbacks but by how we get back up! Recently namedsenior fellow of PathNorth—an organization of world leaders and CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, she continues to reach a global audience. 

The event is free for amputee youth, who must be registered with YEP. Learn more at www.amputee-coalition.org Advance registration required. Follow YEP activities on social media using hashtags #YEPWECAN #amputeelife #amputee #wearestrong #limbdifference and #limbloss. 

Amputee Coalition: The Leading Voice on Limb Loss and Limb Difference 

The Amputee Coalition is the only national nonprofit that serves all individuals who experience limb loss or limb difference. We are dedicated to ensuring that no one faces limb loss alone. Our mission is to support, educate, and advocate for people impacted by limb loss and limb difference. We work to provide vital resources to people with limb loss and limb difference, as well as their families and caregivers. With these resources, they can recover, readjust, and live the life they most want to live. Learn more at