Meghan Speicher-Harris: Gator Girl
Meghan loves to laugh. But, at this moment, there is nothing on her face but a scowl.
It’s halftime, and her beloved Florida Gators are down 17-10 to host Texas A&M. This is bringing out a side of Meghan that most of her teammates at Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) never see.
They’re used to the smiling Meghan . . . the Meghan whose positive attitude is so contagious you can’t help but have a brighter day when you’re around her.
“I don’t watch a lot of TV,” says Meghan. “But I love cheering on the Gators in any sport. I expect the best from them, so I’m not really worried about this game. I know they’ll come back and win it.”
Meghan graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in health education. That training served Meghan well in the years leading up to her joining WWP. She volunteered at Shands Hospital and at Kinetix Physical Therapy in Gainesville, helping patients with a variety of physical therapy needs. She also served as an intern at Gainesville Physical Therapy & Wellness, and she was a personal trainer at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville.
But when she talks about her current role as Soldier Ride coordinator for WWP, that famous Meghan smile crops across her face again.
“I am most passionate about empowering warriors to become more active and improve their quality of life,” says Meghan. “It is very humbling to know we are changing lives every day.”
Meghan was initially referred to WWP by close family and friends. She says she knew she wanted to be involved somehow, either as a volunteer or an employee.
“The most significant project at WWP that I’ve been a part of is the growth of the Soldier Ride program. We’ve created a progressive, step-by-step model for cycling to include clinics, Soldier Rides, challenge rides, and Race Across America. This model has allowed us to serve a broader range of levels and abilities and encourage warriors to challenge themselves to the next level.”
Meghan’s role includes promoting Soldier Ride, recruiting warriors, assisting with travel logistics, and managing key performance indicators.
Of course, right now, she’s celebrating a different kind of performance. Meghan’s Gators just put together another road rally to beat the Aggies.
“There’s nothing better than spending time with family, enjoying a win, and doing everything you can to help injured service members regain their joy in life.”