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Lawrence Taylor AppearancesMembers of the Harlem Wizards along with NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor and WNBA Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman visited the Civic Memorial High gym earlier this month on December 7 to play a fun game of basketball against a team of school administrators, teachers, community leaders and community members. The game proceeds directly benefited the Bethalto School District athletes as tickets costed $5 for students in advance or $7 at the door, while general admission was $10 in advance and $12 at the door. There were a few special seats for reserve that were $15 a piece, with a limited 75 available. It was a very popular event, and many kids and their families were excited to see this match up, as the Wizards have played for than 15,000 games since their founding in 1962. During the night there was also a few contests, signature dance extravaganza, merchandise giveaways and some audience participation fun. Some of the “big names” to hit the court that evening were Connie Hawkins, Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Elvin Hayes, Hawthorne Wingo and Mario Elle.

Hawkins is originally from Brooklyn, New York and is known to be one of the top 50 NBA players of all time. Archibald is from the great New York City and spent 14 years in the NBA most notably with the Cincinnati Royals, Omaha Kings and Boston Celtics. Hayes is a retired NBA player from Rayville, LA and spent many of his playing years with the Houston Rockets. Wingo spent a decade in the NBA playing for a variety of teams including the Allentown Jets, New York Knicks, and two international teams, Pallacanestro Cantu and Superga Mestre. Elie grew up in New York City and played for 15 years with the Milwaukee Bucks, and has been coaching professional teams since 2003 after his retirement as a player.

This event in early December was a fun one for all the young and old basketball fans in New York, and it was a great opportunity to raise some funds for local sports athletes. Hopefully, the Wizards will return again for a rematch in the near future!

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Kendall SimmonsFormer NFL Player Kendall Simmons recently spoke at the Reppell Diabetes Learning Center at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas. The event took place on December 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. as was free of cost to the public and came with some complimentary refreshments. Simmons took some time to speak to the audience about his journey through the hoops of the NFL, and up to and including his struggle with being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and how it impacted his career. It was a emotional, yet motivational, speech and will no doubt be remembered for years to come by his fans and followers in the audience.

The Ripley, Mississippi native was named an All-State and PrepStar All-America selection as a senior defensive lineman during his years in high school. In addition to football, he also played baseball and basketball as a star athlete. After graduating from Ripley High, he went on to attend and play at Auburn University prior to entering the 2002 NFL Draft where he was selected in the first round as the 30th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played on their roster for six seasons before doing a short-term with both the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills in 2009 just prior to retirement. In his sports career, Simmons was also a two-time Super Bowl champion and a two-time First-team All-SEC award winner.

Simmons recently spoke at the Reppell Diabetes Learning Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas to discuss his fantastic career as a football player and how living with diabetes affected him. He gave some great words of inspiration and managed to make it a fun and informative experience.

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Herm Edwards SpeakerLegendary coach Herm Edwards will be one of the guest speakers for the Brian Buffini’s Success Tour 2018, which is occurring all over North America. The theme this year will be “Finding Your Acre of Diamonds” and “will intend to show agents that their personal acre of diamonds is right under their feet”, according to Buffini. The company mission of Buffini & Company is to impact and improve the lives of people and will cost $295 for the early bird pricing for non-members. The information at this event will no doubt change the lives of so many right away, and it is free of charge for Buffini & Company members to attend.

The Fort Monmouth, New Jersey native started playing football at a very young age and went on to play the sport for the University of California from 1972 to 1974, Monterey Peninsula Junior College for his junior year, and at San Diego State for his senior year in 1975. Edwards went undrafted in the 1977 NFL Draft but still went on to join the roster of the Philadelphia Eagles where he remained for nine seasons. In 1986 he did two brief terms with the Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams before retiring from the field as a player, and he decided to tackle a career as a coach the next year. Edwards coached from 1987 through 2008 for San Jose State University, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the New York Jets in his career and currently is a football analyst for ESPN.

Edwards will be one of the distinguished guest speakers at this year’s Buffini & Company’s 2018 Tour and will be a fantastic event for anyone who would like to attend. Be sure to contact the company website for ticket information and to find out more about this year’s tour.

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Archie ManningNFL legend Archie Manning was the guest speaker for The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum C Spire Conerly Trophy nominees ceremony that happened on November 28. He took some time to connect with the audience, and share some amazing tales of his life and his sons’ adventurous lives in the NFL. In addition to that, Manning talked about what it meant to be a proud Mississippi native and how the great state has produced so many talented athletes.

The Drew, Mississippi native and two-time Pro Bowl football player is also the father of current NFL quarterback for the Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning, and current NFL quarterback for the New York Giants, Eli Manning. The Mississippi native played for the New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, and the Minnesota Vikings over the course of his 16 season career in the NFL, and was also named the Whizzer White NFL Man of the Year in 1977. Even though the New Orleans Saints never officially retired Manning’s #8 jersey, but it is understood that the number will never be reissued again.

Manning recently was the guest speaker for this year’s Mississippi Hall of Fame and Museum Banquet that happened at the end of last month, just after Thanksgiving. It was a lovely and memorable event for everyone, especially this year’s nominees.

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tim tebow keynote feeHeisman Trophy Winner Tim Tebow was the featured speaker at the Freed-Hardeman University’s annual Benefit Dinner that happened on Friday, December 1st in Henderson, Tennessee. The event was nearly sold out and raised roughly $1.5 million dollars for scholarships at FHU. President of the university, David Shannon, commented that they were thrilled to have Tebow as a speaker and noted that his “sportsmanship, character, and philanthropy have helped young people around the world…” and that he was a perfect fit for the event. Overall, Tebow was a show stopper and did a fantastic job of delivering his story.

The Florida native is a son of two missionaries and as a result, he was born overseas in the Philippines. Tebow was homeschooled for many years but then ended up attending a local high school where he was able to play as the school’s football quarterback. He ended up receiving an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida where he quickly became a star player under the head coach, Urban Meyer. and graduated from the institution in 2009. The quarterback then entered the 2010 NFL Football Draft and was selected in the first round as the 25th overall pick by the Denver Broncos, with whom he played with for two seasons before being traded to the New York Jets. He did a brief time with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles but is currently on the market to sign a new contract.

Tebow was a fantastic speaker at this year’s Freed-Hardeman University’s annual Benefit Dinner that occurred earlier this month. He was able to help the educational institution raise money for scholarships while sharing his incredible story of endurance.

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Shalane Flanagan SpeakerAmerican long-distance runner and Olympian Shalane Flanagan was the first American woman to win the NYC Marathon in 40 years, and it all happened on Sunday, November 5. Her unofficial time for completing the race was 2 hours, 26 minutes and 53 seconds, just about a minute faster than here closeby opponent, Mary Keitany. Since 1977, no other American woman has been able to clinch the major marathon victory, and it is also one of the first big wins for Flanagan as well. The 36-year-old cried as she crossed the finish line and told reporters that the feeling during the moment of winning was simply “indescribable” and that she needed a few minutes to soak up the win. Flanagan’s first time in the New York Marathon was in 2010 where she took second place but hasn’t run in the race again until now.

The Boulder, Colorado-born runner spent the majority of her childhood in Marblehead, Massachusetts where she attended the local high school there and became interested in cross country and track. In addition to that, she also played soccer and participated on the swimming team to stay active. Flanagan attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she won several national cross country titles between 2002 and 2003, becoming the first individual champion in the sport in Tar Heel history. In addition to that, she represented the USA at the 2008 Beijing summer Olympics where she took the silver medal in the 10,000-meter race. Her win at this year’s New York City Marathon is the only first place and gold medal that she has ever earned, however, she also has three bronze medals from various World Cross Country Championship.s

Flanagan has broken a big record for the USA at the 2017 New York City Marathon where she has just become the first woman representing the United States to win the race since 1977. Not only will this be one of her most memorable events of her life, but her country is going to put her down in the record books as well.

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Steve Spurrier Speaking Fee Legendary coach Steve Spurrier has been announced as the keynote speaker for this year’s 76th annual Hannibal-LaGrange University Booster Banquet that is happening on November 16th at 7 p.m. Tickets to get into the event will cost $75 for general admission, $200 for executive admission, or $1,500 for a roundtable of eight seats. Spurrier is going to be talking about his life both on and off the football field, as well as sharing some of the highlights of his coaching career as well. He will be also touching on the topic of how to stay positive during difficult times, and given that he is known for having a sense of humor, one could expect some light-hearted conversation as well.

The Miami Beach, Florida native was always a star athlete beginning from a young age, and even though it seemed that baseball might be his sport, he quickly was noticed for his football skills by the time he got to college. After attending the University of Florida, Spurrier entered the 1967 NFL Draft where he was selected in the third round by the San Francisco 49ers, with whom he played for between 1967 and 1975. In 1976 he did a brief year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring as a player and then going back to his university to work as the quarterback coach. By the time of his retirement in 2015, Spurrier had coached for eight college and professional teams, including the Washington Redskins and more recently, the University of South Carolina.

Spurrier will be speaking later this month on November 16 for the 76th annual Hannibal-LaGrange University Booster Banquet that’s starting at 7 p.m. Ticket prices begin at $75 and are expected to sell quickly, so if you are local and want to attend this event it’s best to buy them as soon as possible.

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Jim Boeheim Speaking FeeLongtime Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim was the guest speaker at the DeWitt Rotary Club’s luncheon on Monday, October 23. This is something the Boeheim takes part in every year and it offers a chance for the Syracuse fans and students to hear from a distinguished coach before this year’s basketball season begins. The luncheon itself will be buffet-style and take place at Traditions at Erie Village, starting at noon sharp. Tickets to get into the event are $22 per person, however, there is a limited amount so reservations are highly recommended if you would like to secure a spot at the luncheon for sure. This will be a great function to attend, especially if you live in the upstate New York area, as it is sure to be a memorable one.

The Lyons, New York native enrolled and attended Syracuse University where he played basketball himself on the school’s team. After graduating from Syracuse, Boeheim went on to play professional basketball with the Scranton Miners, a team a part of the American Basketball League, during which he won two championships and was even a second-team all-star player. He began his coaching career in 1969 when he was hired as a graduate assistant under former coach, Roy Danforth. He was eventually awarded a full-time assistant position which he did for seven years before taking on the role as the head coach in 1976, a job that he still does today. In addition to this, Boeheim is also the United States’ Men’s National Team’s assistant coach for basketball.

Boeheim will be giving his annual speech at this year’s DeWitt Rotary Club’s luncheon that’s happening later on this month on October 23rd in the Erie Village at Tradition. Tickets are just $22 while they last, so it’s suggested that those who are interested in attending make their reservations early.

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Andre ReedNFL legends Warren Moon and Andre Reed were announced as speakers for this year’s Rose Bowl Speaker Series that is kicking off on October 26. The event is hosted by Sports 1 Marketing, an Irvine-based company that has brought the speaker series back to their area. The doors open at 10:00 a.m. that morning and a lunch will be served until roughly half past noon. The sports and celebrity panel will begin about ten minutes until 1 p.m. and will last until about 1:30 p.m. Tickets to the function can be purchased in advance from the Sports 1 Marketing website, and they are expected to run out, so be sure to purchase them early if you plan on attending. The former NFL stars will share stories and memorable moments from their exciting careers, as well as what they learned about practicing adversity and resilience over their lives. Admission to the Rose Bowl Speaker Series also includes a VIP tour of America’s Stadium.

Moon is a native of Los Angeles, California and got his start in football during his teenage years while attending Alexander Hamilton High School. He ended up attending West Los Angeles College for a few years where he was a record-setting quarterback for the team. Despite how successful he was in college, Moon went undrafted in the NFL, so he decided to sign with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. In effect, he won the offensive Grey Cup Most Valuable Player in 1980 and 1982. He ended up getting a spot in the NFL by 1984 when he joined the roster of the Houston Oilers, with whom he stayed with for nine years Prior to retiring, Moon also played with the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs.

Andre Reed is a native of Allentown, Pennsylvania and he started playing football while attending Dieruff High School and helped the team go to the EPC tri-championship. He ended up attending Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where he got national attention for his abilities in speed and durability, and eventually entered the 1985 NFL Draft where he was selected in the 4th round by Buffalo Bills. Reed stayed with the team for eight years before doing two brief terms with the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins just prior to his retirement in 2000. Afterwards, the 7-time Pro Bowl athlete appeared on a few sports-related TV shows such as ESPN2’s “First Take” and served as an analyst on NFL on Fox.

The duo will take part in this year’s Rose Bowl Speaker Series that is kicking off in the Irvine area on October 26. It is sure to be an exciting event, so if you’re local, get your tickets today.

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george brett speakerBaseball Hall of Famer George Brett is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the annual Legacy Award Dinner that’s happening on November 2nd at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The event this year will celebrate the critically important mission of The Institute and honors the visionary leaders who have improved the lives of many across the world. Brett is expected to share many stories from his career and will also participate in a dynamic interview session during this gathering. It is anticipated to be a full event, so it is encouraged that tickets are bought as soon as possible.

The West Virginia native debuted in the MLB on August 2nd, 1973 and continued on to play for twenty years. Before he was a 13-time All-Star player, he was playing in the minor leagues and caught the eye of a recruiter who promoted him to the Royals. It was a tough start for him, but his adversity leads him to work very hard at being the best and getting his skills to a top-notch status. By 1977 he was a real power hitter knocking out 22 home runs that year. Since retiring as a player, Brett has become the vice president of the Royals and has also worked as a coach part of the time.

Brett will be speaking at this year’s Legacy Award Dinner that’s occurring on November 2nd is sure to be an exciting event. Don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance, as space is expected to be limited.

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