The 73rd Tony Awards took place on Sunday and one acceptance speech stood out.
Ali Stroker, who won the Tony award for Best Actress In A Musical for her performance in Oklahoma!, used her acceptance speech to send a message.
With the award Stroker became the first ever wheelchair user to win a Tony. In her speech Stroker, who lost the use of her legs in a car crash at age two, spoke directly to those watching who have faced similar challenges, saying:
“This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation, or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena: You are.”
In addition to thanking her fellow Oklahoma! cast members and her representatives, Stroker thanked her friends or as she put it: “My home team. My best friends who have held my hands and pulled me around New York City for years, helping me.”
Incredibly, according to the BBC, Stroker is also the first wheelchair user to appear on Broadway.
You can watch Stroker’s complete acceptance speech below.