Mr. Gilliland has had the honor of representing The Hoyt Foundation, Inc. on a pro bono basis since 2005. The Hoyt Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that aspires to build the individual character, self-confidence and self-esteem of America’s disabled young people through inclusion in all facets of daily life, including family and community activities, especially sports, at home, in schools and the workplace.
Rick Hoyt is the first non-speaking quadriplegic to graduate from Boston University. With his father Dick, they have completed over 1,100 athletic events, including 72 marathons and 32 Boston Marathons. They were inducted into the Marine Corp Marathon Hall of Fame in 2013. The Hoyts set their marathon PR of 2:40:47 at the Marine Corp Marathon in 1992. Also in 1992, the Hoyts rode their bicycle 3,035 miles from the Santa Monica Pier in California to the Boston Harbor in 47 consecutive days (averaging 65 miles a day). They have finished 6 Ironman distance triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 114 mile bike and 26.2 mile run) and are two of only 26 members of the Ironman Triathlon
Hall of Fame. In 2013, they were honored by ESPN as recipients of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
In 2011, the Boston Bruins played a video depicting the Hoyts called Imagine in their locker room before taking the ice for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup. Afterward, they took the ice and won Game 7 giving the city of Boston their first Stanley Cup victory in 39 years.
Mr. Gilliland has represented the Hoyts in many aspects of their charitable endeavors including foreign book deals and a current contract negotiation to make a movie documenting their lives and accomplishments.
Mr. Gilliland has been the Charity Race Director for Team Hoyt’s Boston Marathon Team since 2006. He has also completed 10 consecutive Boston Marathons in addition to the San Diego Marathon and Los Angeles Marathon.