2017 conference of champions

Special Guests

Clark Middleton

Clark Middleton

Actor Clark Middleton has spent a lifetime defying the limits of arthritis. Diagnosed with the disease at age 4, he quickly learned the importance of being independent. Having had 10 joints replaced – including both knees and hips, a shoulder and an elbow – Clark sought solace in theater, channeling emotions from his own experiences into acting. He’s appeared on stage, in numerous TV and film roles, including the “Twin Peaks: The Return” series, and coaches other actors. Also starring on NBC’s “The Blacklist,” Hulu’s “The Path” and this year in “The Iceman Cometh” on Broadway with Denzel Washington, Clark advocates for others with arthritis, and he has actively participated in the Arthritis Foundation’s Advocacy Summit and Arthritis Support Network events.

Rob Wicall

Rob Wicall

All of his life, Rob Wicall has wanted to make people happy, which makes him happy. Rob got his degree in marketing at the University of Texas, but got his zeal from dramatics, athletics and making people smile, including stints as a juggler, unicyclist and water ski performer. He spent 11 years as “The Coyote” mascot for the San Antonio Spurs, a character that came naturally to him, and he was named NBA Mascot of the Year in 2014. He retired from the role after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis. In 2016, Rob was honoree of the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run in San Antonio and now chairs our local leadership board there.