Daily Archives: April 5, 2013

GCU Hosts Sensory Disorder Entrepreneur and Former Pro Baseball Player Matt Bruback, Tuesday, April 16

Matt Bruback: “Dreams are destined to change as we grow…”

Matt Bruback, former MLB player and creator of the Miracle Belt, will discuss his journey as an athlete and entrepreneur at GCU.

(Lakewood, N.J.) April 5, 2012 — After professional baseball pitcher Matt Bruback injured his knee, coaches were constantly pulling on his uniform trying to get him to feel his balance point to make him more consistent in the strike zone. He realized he couldn’t relate to what they were trying to get him to feel, so while with the Baltimore Orioles he created a weighted belt to help himself become more aware of his body positioning. With the help of his mother and sister in creating the prototype, Mr. Bruback created the Balance Pro Sportbelt™ to improve balance for athletes with sensory deficits.

Two years later, Mr. Bruback took the Balance Pro Sportbelt™ to Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc., a Sarasota, Florida, agency that serves persons with disabilities, where it was redesigned by occupational and physical therapists to help children with sensory needs and dubbed the Miracle Belt™.

He will share his story with families, educators and others Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Georgian Court University. The event is free and open to the public.

“Dreams are destined to change as we grow…baseball was my first love and will always be my first love,” says Mr. Bruback. “Baseball allowed me the opportunity to develop a tool that shares God’s love, and if that isn’t a dream come true, I don’t know what is!”

The former pro athlete had invested nine years in the major leagues when he made the difficult decision to leave the game to follow a higher calling—helping kids with autism, ADHD, and other sensory disorders.

The Miracle Belt™, along with the Sensory Belt™ for larger-sized children, teens, and adults are used by occupational and physical therapists for those with sensory needs. The weighted therapy belts promote self-calming, balance, and increased body awareness.

Admission is free, but seating is very limited. Advanced tickets are required by contacting the GCU Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or specialevents@georgian.edu.