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Kate ZieglerOlympic swimmer Kate Ziegler will be the keynote speaker at the Rockin’ For Gold Cancer Research Fundraiser in New Jersey on November 14. All proceeds from this fifth annual event will go to support Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation, which raises money for pediatric cancer research.

The Rockin’ For Gold Cancer Research Fundraiser will take place at the Jumping Brook Country Club from 7-11 and features both dinner and a silent auction in addition to Ziegler’s speech. When she addresses the crowd Ziegler will be speaking about her career and providing inspirational words to motivate others to pursue their dreams no matter the obstacles that stand in their way.

Ziegler is a two-time Olympian and American Record holder in the 800m short course and 1500m short course. Over the course of her international career she has won 15 medals and captured 9 National Championships and 4 World Championships. In the 2012 Summer Olympic Games she competed in 800m as the fastest American swimmer. She is an inspirational athlete with a hard hitting testimony that is sure to inspire you to go after and accomplish your dreams.

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Brad Stevens KeynoteBoston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens will be the featured guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Wellesley meeting on October 21 in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The Rotary Club of Wellesley is one of the town’s oldest service groups and conducts programs of benefit to the Town and internationally. With his visit to their weekly meeting Stevens will speak about his career and serving others with the goal of raising funds for the mission of the groups mission at home and abroad.

Stevens road to the Boston Celtics was improbable considering where he began. After playing basketball at Depauw and earning his degree in economics he pursued a career as a marketing associate at the Eli Lilly Company. However, his passion for the game of basketball was still there and he decided to pursue a career in collegiate athletics, joining the Butler University basketball office as a volunteer in 2000. In 2001 he moved up to being the coordinator of basketball operations and then jumped to being a full-time assistant coach in 2002.

In 2007, after five years as an assistant, Stevens was named Butler’s head coach at the age of 31, making him the youngest Division I head coach in the country. His age aside, Stevens quickly established himself as one of the best coaches in the country, leading the Bulldogs to 30-4 overall record and a Horizon League Championship in his first season. This would be the first of four consecutive Horizon League Championships.

What made Stevens story special however was the fact that he led Butler to national prominence virtually out of nowhere. After making it to the second round of the 2007-08 NCAA Tournament and making another postseason appearance in 2008-09 as a Cinderalla team the Bulldogs made it to the NCAA Championship the next two-years. Stevens had taken a team no one expected to make the tournament and made them a favorite to reach the final four every year. Not only had the nation taken notice of him, NBA scouts took notice too, including the Celtics.

In 2013, after six seasons at Butler, Stevens signed a contract to coach the Celtics. It was bittersweet for the Bulldog faithful to watch Stevens go, but they were happy for his new opportunity at the next level and were appreciative of all he had done for Butler. From volunteer in the basketball office, to assistant, to head coach, to the NBA in 13 years. Talk about a Cinderella story.

The Celtics begin their second season under the direction of Stevens on October 29 against the Brooklyn Nets.

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Jim Boeheim SpeakingSyracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim will serve as the guest speaker at a fundraising luncheon presented by the Rotary Club of DeWitt at Traditions at The Links at Erie Village on Monday, October 20. The event is set to begin at noon with Boeheim making his keynote address at 12:20.

The cost of the luncheon is $20 with all proceeds going to benefit the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation’s mission is to enrich the lives of kids in need within the Central New York community while also providing support for eliminating cancer through research and advocacy.

Boeheim, 70, is heading into his 39th season as the Orange head coach. During his speech he will be speaking about the upcoming season, which is scheduled to kick off on November 14, and his new book “Bleeding Orange,” which is a mix of autobiography and anecdotes that will be released next month.

This will be coach Boeheim’s last speaking engagement before the season begins next month, so be sure to make it out and see this coaching Hall of Famer in person. Then again, you can always catch him on the sidelines this season as he adds to his impressive 948 career victories, which is second only to Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,000 victories in NCAA Division I history.

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isaiah-austinFormer Baylor University hoops star Isaiah Austin is an inspiration. At the age of 16 he suffered a detached retina leaving him completely blind in one eye, but that didn’t deter him from becoming a top NBA prospect after a stellar career at Baylor. That in itself would have been an amazing story, but sometimes what is truly amazing is how a guy like Austin responds to the adversity that is placed in front of him.

When he suffered the eye injury at age 16 that was something he could overcome. He could learn to dribble, shoot, rebound and catch passes despite being blind in one eye. He worked relentlessly at not only being able to do it, but to become elite at it so that he could compete at basketball’s highest level one day.

During the 2013-14 season the 7’1, 225 center paced the Baylor Bears with 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3 blocks a game. He was a force down low that NBA team’s flocked to see, and desperately wanted as a part of their franchise. By all accounts, the hard work had paid off and his dream was about to come true.

At the NBA combine he performed superbly on the court, showing the scouts everything they want to see out of a big man. But when it came time for the medical testing portion of the combine, something wasn’t right. As part of a comprehensive exam the league performs an EKG to assure each athlete’s heart is healthy prior to entering the league. When it came to Austin’s EKG, the results showed that despite superb play on the court, entering the league would not be an option.

With just one week left before the draft, an MRI on Austin’s heart revealed a slightly enlarged aortic artery leading to him being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a potentially life-threatening genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. In one moment all of Austin’s dreams of playing basketball in the NBA were gone.

It was a devastating moment for Austin when he heard the news. He became very emotional as any athlete would that had worked so hard to become truly elite at their sport. But when he gathered himself he realized that he was still a son, still a brother, and still a role model in the community, and that he could still do great things to inspire and help out those in need.

That’s where his new story begins. On Monday, October 13 basketball fans from all over Waco, Texas showed up to hear Austin speak about his adversity, his career, and what he plans to do with his life going forward at the Hoops for Hopes banquet at Highland Baptist Church. With a personal story filled with struggles and triumph, Austin hopes to inspire others through his words, actions, and attitude.

“Whatever they are going through, whatever adversity they are facing, they can get through it with a positive attitude and God on their side,” said Austin. “The most important thing I want to take away from here is to connect with the community that’s supported me through all of this.”

Despite his condition the future for Austin is bright. His story and attitude while dealing with unbelievable adversity has given him a testimony that will inspire all those that have a chance to meet him and hear him speak. He may not be an NBA star, but he’s still a star in the hearts of all those that know him.

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Jim Tressel KeynoteFormer Ohio State head football coach and current Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel has been named the keynote speaker at the Grandview Heights High School 100th Commencement in May 2015.

“We’re excited to have Jim Tressel come as our speaker,” said Grandview Heights principal Ken Chaffin. “He’s someone known in the state of Ohio for his accomplishments as a football coach, but from day one in his career, Jim Tressel has first and foremost been an educator.”

Tressel coached at Youngstown State from 1986-2000 and led his team to six consecutive NCAA Division I-AA National Championship games, winning four of them in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997. After his tenure at YSU he went on tot become the head coach at Ohio State and led the Buckeyes to 10 consecutive BCS Bowl Games, including consecutive BCS National Championship games in 2006 and 2007.

After retiring from coaching in 2011 he became the President of Youngstown State, allowing him to continue his devotion to teaching and developing the minds of future generations.

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Derwin GrayFormer NFL player and founder of Transformation Church, Derwin Gray, was the guest speaker at the 13th Annual Charleston Leadership Prayer Breakfast on October 14 at the North Charleston Convention Center. The prayer breakfast is the Charleston Leadership Foundation’s main event each fall. It was a fun morning of fellowship and food, capped off by Gray’s speech.

Derwin Gray played for the Indianapolis Colts from 1993 through 1997 before ending his career with the Carolina Panthers in 1998. After his career in football came to a close he attended Southern Evangelical Seminary and graduated magna cum laude with a Masters of Divinity in Apologetics. Since founding Transformation Church it has been recognized as the 2nd fastest-growing church by percentage in America. In addition to preaching, speaking and fundraising, Gray is also a successful author, publishing Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart in 2009 and Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future in 2013.

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Torrey Smith AgentOn June 2 of this year a little girl named Leah Still was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma and given a 50-50 chance of survival. Soon after she underwent a comprehensive six-hour surgery to remove a tumor from her body to help stop the cancer that was attacking her bone marrow. Since the surgery she is doing well, but still not cancer free.

With over 13,000 young kids being diagnosed with cancer each year, four year old Leah is only one thousands bravely fighting a ruthless disease that still has no cure. Each one of these children wake up every day fighting to keep smile on their face despite enduring endless rounds of chemotherapy and numerous surgeries and other painful procedures just to stay alive. It can be tiring, frustrating and scary, but they do it. They live on, making the best of their situation because that’s the only thing they can do.

For the parents of these brave children, it can also be tiring, frustrating and scary. With a cure still beyond the horizon it can be a helpless feeling watching your son or daughter endure their battle with cancer each and every day. Many struggle with finances as they try to provide the best healthcare available for their child and do their best to try to raise money to find a cure on the side, but it can be tough. Some however have the resources to help out, and that’s where Leah’s father comes in.

Leah’s father is Devon Still, a defensive tackle on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad. After her diagnosis the Bengals started a fundraiser pledging all the proceeds from the sale of Still’s jersey to pediatric cancer research. So far the fundraiser has been an overwhelming success, with the Bengals raising over $1 million to be pledged to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. But it’s not over yet.

In addition to the public showing up in overwhelming numbers to make Still’s jersey the number one seller in the NFL, his teammates and players and coaches from opposing teams have also pitched in. Recently Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith purchased several of Still’s jerseys to help out the cause, and then pledged to give away the jerseys when the Ravens play the Bengals October 26 in Cincinnati.

When Smith, who shares an agent with Still, was asked his reasons behind purchasing the jerseys he said it was simply the right thing to do.

“He’s one of our brothers in this league, and any time I have the opportunity to support him, as well as any of the other kids in the country who are fighting childhood cancer, it’s something that if I can help, I will,” said Smith. “Even if I didn’t know him, it’s something I would have done. It’s a great cause. It’s something that, obviously, I can’t personally relate to because it’s his daughter fighting for her life and she’s a very strong young lady. I have a young son, and I can only imagine what it’s like.”

With his purchase Smith joins a long list of NFL players and professional athletes to join in on the cause of raising funds for pediatric cancer through the sale of Still’s jersey. Though the story is heartbreaking, it is uplifting to know that they have his back during this tough time in his life, and by having his number on their back, everyone who has purchased a jersey and continues to work towards a cure for cancer also has the back of the thousands of children and families also battling every day.

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Maria Sharapova Candy LineIn the world of women’s professional tennis Maria Sharapova is the it girl. Not only is she beautiful and talented, she is genuine, humble and appreciative of the opportunities she’s had to be successful both on and off the court. Despite her many successes however, she has maintained her work ethic and continues to strive for excellence in all that she does.

Outside of tennis Sharapova is well known. She models, endorses big name products and companies, and makes appearances all over the world to speak to crowds of all ages. But what some may not know is that she is also the owner of her own candy line, Sugarpova. Launched in 2012, Sugarpova is a premium candy line that reflects the fun, fashionable and sweet side of the tennis world’s it girl.

On October 15 Sharapova made an appearance at Robinsons The Heeren in Singapore on behalf of Sugarpova. During the event she signed packets of Sugarpova sweets, posed for pictures and chatted it up with her many fans. She also took the time to thank the fans for their support as she explores making Sugarpova a bigger lifestyle brand.

Currently Sharapova is ranked No. 2 in the world and is preparing for the Women’s Tennis Association Finals, which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from October 20-26.

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Mike KrzyzewskiDuke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski’s resume speaks for itself. Not only is he a member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame, he is a 12-time NCAA National Coach of the Year and owns the NCAA Division I record for most wins with 983. Oh and by the way, he’s also led his Duke teams to four NCAA National Championships and Team USA Basketball to four Olympic Gold Medals.

But Coach K is more than just a basketball coach, he’s also a teacher, a veteran, and a huge supporter of the United States Military and their families. Considering Coach K played at the United States Military Academy in college, served five years in the Army as an officer and began his coaching career at Army, it’s not surprising that he enthusiastically supports the troops and their mission. Throughout his career he’s showed his support by visiting with troops at military bases, raising funds for military causes, and even lending his coaching expertise to military players and teams around the country.

For his dedication to the military over the course of his career the United States Army awarded Coach K the George Catlett Marshall Medal, the highest honor the Association of the U.S. Army awards. Speaking in front of a sold out ball room of current and former members of the United States Army, Coach K said he was honored and humbled to receive the award and spoke about how the Army laid the foundation for his coaching career and for his life.

“I want to thank you for the countless times your boots have been on the ground,” he said. “On behalf of the ordinary people, we love you and thank you. Thank you so much for including me and my family in your family. Thank you for never accepting defeat.”

Coach K and his Duke Blue Devils kick off their 2014-15 season with an exhibition game against Livingston on November 4 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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Pat AngererFormer Indianapolis Colts linebacker Pat Angerer announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday, October 14 via twitter. His announcement comes after being released from the Colts last season and suffering the same fate with the Atlanta Falcons this year during final roster cuts. That does not tell the whole story of his career however. In 2010 he was a highly touted second round pick by the Colts out of Iowa, and ended up earning a starting spot on the Indianapolis defense in 2011.

However, due to a series of injuries that caused him to miss time in 2012 and 2013 he simply was not able to get healthy again. Ultimately, being healthy is his goal and he sees his health as the main priority going forward. In the end, Angerer was thankful for his football career and all that it provided him and his family.

Angerer’s retirement message via Twitter read as follows:

“All I ever wanted to do was play for Bettendorf and that gave me the chance to be a Hawk. Then, all I ever wanted to do was step on the field at Kinnick and that changed my life. I want to walk away while I’m still able to give my wife and kids the man they deserve. I have given this sport all I got. It wouldn’t be fair to the game, the team, my family and my name to continue along this path any longer. It’s time to get healthy.”

“I’ve learned so much from so many great men along the way. I’m proud I was able to get a degree from a prestigious college and make a living playing a kids game. I had a lot of fun and I’ve been extremely fortunate. I’m excited about whatever the future entails. Thank you all for having my back.”

During Angerer’s career he recorded 327 tackles and forced four fumbles. He leaves the game with his head held high, having worked for and achieved his dream of playing the game of football at it’s highest level.

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