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Metta World PeaceFormer NBA player Metta World Peace was the keynote speaker for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles’ 47th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brotherhood Breakfast. The distinguished basketball figure is not only a great athlete at his sport, but he is also a dynamic, passionate speaker and strong advocate for mental health and animal rights issues. At this event, a couple of profound individuals will be honored with some humanitarian awards for their help and support of community issues. World Peace is also a well-known philanthropist and was the perfect speaker for this kind of event, as it will not only draw in basketball fans from all over the local area, but those who share his interest in making the Los Angeles community a better place.

The Queens, New York native played 14 seasons in the NBA with teams such as the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks. After that, he began playing for the Sichuan Blue Whales in China, but that only lasted a year. Formerly known as Ron Artest, he changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011. “Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world,” he said. He has also pursued a music career in addition to being a rapper and NBA star. In 2010 he helped the Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA Championship, and in 2011 he was awarded the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, given to the NBA player, coach, or trainer who shows “outstanding service and dedication to the community.” In 2017, he became the coach of the South Bay Lakers which a specialty in player development.

World Peace was the speaker for this year’s 47th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brotherhood Breakfast that occurred on January 12th from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and it was a great way to kick off the day with a little community bonding and sharing passions for great causes. The former basketball star did a great job of spreading the message of working together, and sharing a few stories from his amazing NBA career.

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Kim PegulaBuffalo Bills owner Kim Pegula has been announced as the keynote speaker for the inaugural Penn State Sports Business Conference that is happening on March 15-16 in University Park, PA. The conference itself is a one-of-a-kind event for students who wish to pursue a sports business career as they will have lots of opportunities to network with industry leaders from a cross-section of sports business entities. Faculty members and locals will be invited to attend as well, since it is a great time to gain some interesting and valuable information. Pegula is expected to talk about her career in the sports industry which she is in a partner in with her husband, and it will be moderated by Abe Madkour, who is executive editor of Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal. The price to attend is $20 for students and $50 for everyone else and includes a breakfast and lunch over the two-day event.

The South Korean-born businesswoman came to live in the United States with her adoptive parents, Ralph and Merilyn Kerr when she was just five years old. After attending Houghton College, Pegula met her husband Terry in a restaurant where he initially offered her a job and this was the beginning of their relationship. The Pegulas purchased the Buffalo Sabres in 2010, and the Buffalo Bills shortly after that. Kim Pegula was a big influence on the planning and redesign of HarborCenter, which is a recreation center right ned to the Sabres’ area and it really boosted the image of Buffalo. The couple and their family currently live in Boca Raton, Florida.

Kim Pegula will be speaking at the first ever Penn State Sports Business Conference that is happening later this month over the 15th and 16th over March. Tickets are for sale in advance and include admission to the two-day event as well as a couple meals.

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Don McPherson SpeakerFormer NFL quarterback Philadelphia Eagles Don McPherson spoke at the screening of the film “The Mask You Live In”, which is a documentary that depicts how students struggle with the confining nature of masculinity. The event was organized by the Elliott School of International Affairs and was held in the Smith Center Colonials Club in the Washington D.C. area. Along with the showing of the film, there was also a discussion, a first of its kind at George Washington University, which allowed the viewers to get together and talk about what they felt towards this topic. McPherson talked about how both men and women need to work together on not allowing toxic masculinity have a big role in today’s culture and society. Overall, it was an exciting event for the 200 students who got to attend.

The Brooklyn, New York native got his stardom for the sport during his college years while he was attending Syracuse University, and he was the runner-up to the 1987 Heisman Trophy award. In 1988 McPherson was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and then played for Houston Oilers before going into the Canadian Football League. In 1994 McPherson retired from the sport and went on to become part of Northeastern University’s staff at their Center for the Study of Sport in Society. He, later on, became the executive director of the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University.

McPherson spoke on February 26th on the George Washington University campus to speak out against toxic masculinity and how everyone should work together to get rid of it. It was a very education, emotional, and exciting discussion for everyone who was in attendance

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George Foster 1Former NL MVP George Foster was the keynote speaker for the Amsterdam Baseball/Mohawks Baseball Hall of Fame. Four new inductees were honored at this year’s dinner event that happened on February 3rd at St. Mary’s Institute and over 350 guests attended, making the function bigger than ever. Tickets to get into the dinner were only $45 per person and included a cocktail hour from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., a full dinner and an autograph with the famous George Foster. Children’s entrance tickets were only $20, and also a table of 10 was slightly bundled at a lower price of $400 for all the seats. It was a spectacular event and one that all of the attendees enjoyed being at and hearing from one of baseball’s finest retired players.

The Tuscaloosa, Alabama native started playing baseball at a very young age and eventually was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the third round of the 1968 Major League Baseball draft. He stayed with the Giants for two years before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds, where he was on their roster for an entire decade. Foster then went to play for the New York Mets for four years and did a very brief stint with the Chicago White Sox before retiring in 1986. In all the years of his career, Foster was a five-time All-Star player, a two-time World Series Champion and a Silver Slugger Award.

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Curtis StrangeTwo-time U.S. Open Champion Curtis Strange has been announced as the featured speaker for the 29th Annual Banquet on May 24th at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. In the event’s history, this is the first time that a professional golfer has been the keynoter, so he will certainly bring a lot of diversity to the table. Strange is expected to share a lot of his personal stories and successes as a golfer and comment on how it has impacted the rest of his life for the better, including the challenges he faced. It is sure to be an exciting speech, and he will bring in a lot of people to the event by being a big draw and appealing to the sports lovers in the area.

The Norfolk, Virginia native has been playing golf since the age of seven when his father ran a local country club and taught the sport to himself and his twin brother. He attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and played golf as a part of the NCAA Championship alongside Jay Haas and Bob Byman. Strange’s last win on tour was the 1989 U.S. Open, and he was also the runner-up at the PGA Championship as well as a five-time team player for the Ryder Cup. In 2007, Strange was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame that November at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida.

Strange will be speaking later this spring on May 24th for the 29th Annual Banquet at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. It will be an exciting and interesting speech to say the least, so get tickets to the event if you are local and in town during the month of May.

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Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018Former NBA All-Stars Jason Kidd and Steve Nash have been announced as first-time finalists and have been nominated for The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. It is one of the highest honors that an athlete in the basketball world can achieve and the organization is extremely proud to represent these men and women. This year, a total of eight players, three coaches, one referee and one record-setting team will be recognized during this Hall of Fame initiation. It will be a great, fun, and memorable event for all of these players and their families and friends.

Kidd is a native of San Francisco, California and began playing basketball from a young age during his high school years. He ended up attending the University of California for two years and eventually entered the 1994 NBA Draft where he was selected as the 2nd overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks. Over the years in his professional career, Kidd played for the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, and Milwaukee Bucks.

Nash is an eight-time NBA All-Star has been playing basketball professionally for 19 years now and did two terms with the Phoenix Suns. In addition to having a career as a basketball player, he is also the co-owner of the professional MLS soccer team, the Vancouver Whitecaps. Nash was also named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2006 and played for Canada in two FIBA tournaments. The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player is a Canadian himself, although he was born in South Africa to British parents.

These two players will be part of a larger group this year for the Basketball Hall of Fame as they join their Class of 2018 in their nominations. It will be great to see Nash and Kidd recognized for all their talents and hard work, as they are legends of their sport.

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Detroit Red Wings Alumni v Toronto Maple Leafs AlumniFormer Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Al Iafrate was the honored guest speaker for this year’s Annual Wallaceburg Sports Hall of Fame dinner that took place on January 27th. The tickets to the function were a low price of $65 per person and many people showed up to see one of the NHL’s favorite hockey players. In addition to that, several athletes were recognized for their talents in various sports as they were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of Wallaceburg. Iafrate took the time to share some personal stories about his time as a professional hockey player and shared some words of inspiration. The audience was pleased to hear his talk and share the time with a fantastic athlete.

The Dearborn, Michigan native started playing hockey during his youth, and eventually entered the 1984 NHL Entry Draft where he was selected as the fourth overall pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Over his 12 year career, he played 799 NHL games and scored 152 goals and had 311 assists. Other than the Maple Leafs, Iafrate also played for the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, and San Jose Sharks. These days, he is the lead consultant for shooting and hockey sticks for the Columbus Blue Jackets team.

Iafrate was a speaker at this year’s Wallaceburg Sports Hall of Fame dinner that happened toward the end of last month. It was a fun and exciting experience, as well as a memorable one.

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Bobby-Valentine-SpeakerFormer Major League Baseball manager and ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine is scheduled to be the guest speaker for this summer’s Rider University’s 10th Annual First Pitch Dinner that is happening on June 20. Tickets will go for sale for $100 per person, or $750 for a table of 10 and it will be a three hour affair in the Cavalla Room of the Bart Luedeke Center on the university campus. Valentine is expected to discuss what a career in professional sports was like and how he managed to have jobs as both a player and manager, and what it meant for him to reach these goals. He will also likely discuss a humorous memory of his when he returned to the dugout in disguise after being throw out of the game as a manager.

The Stamford, CT native attended Rippowam High School where he was recruited by the University of Nebraska, Duke University, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Southern California to play both football and baseball at their schools. He ended up choosing to attend the University of Southern California, and after that he entered the 1968 MLB Draft where he was selected as the fifth overall choice by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Over the course of his playing career, Valentine also played for the San Diego Padres, New York Mets, California Angels and the Seattle Mariners. After retiring as a player, he went into management and took jobs with the Texas Rangers, Chiba Lotte Marines, New York Mets, and Boston Red Sox.

Valentine will be speaking at the Rider Baseball’s Pitch Dinner happening this summer at Rider University. It will all happen on June 20th, so if you know you will be in the area later this year be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible, as this is bound to be a sell out event.

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Jon MontgomeryOlympian skeleton racer and television host Jon Montgomery was the featured speaker at this year’s Southwest Agriculture Conference that happened in Ridgetown. During his talk, Montgomery discussed on how moving towards technology to help with farming and agriculture is going to be extremely helpful in the future, and that it could drastically improve the daily lives of farmers. In addition to that, he stated that using these new techniques would be a very wise way to make more efficient progress with both time and money in this field. In fact, he stated that he himself would like to get into the food producing industry and does not know which route he will go, however, he did indicate that he has an interest in shrimp farming.

The Russell, Manitoba, Canada native started to get into skeleton racing while he lived in Calgary, at which point he was working as an auctioneer nearby the Olympic Park in the city. After deciding to pursue the sport in 2002, Montgomery began to train and even failed at his first couple of attempts to get into the Olympics, but in 2008 he managed to win his first World Cup race in Cesana, Italy. It wasn’t until 2010 that he qualified for the winter Olympics in Vancouver based on his 2009-2010 World Cup Skeleton results. He ended up winning the gold medal for his sport in Vancouver, which was both a very meaningful and exciting experience for him.

Montgomery was the featured speaker at the Southwest Agriculture Conference that took place recently at Ridgetown High School, and he was able to captivate his audience easily. He definitely was able to convey the message that anyone can accomplish anything as long as they hang on to their dreams.

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victor cruz keynoteFormer New York Giant Victor Cruz was announced as the keynote speaker for this year’s Temple B’nai Abraham Annual Sports Breakfast on January 28th in Livingston. During his time on stage, he shared many memories of his experiences in his professional football career including being at the Super Bowl XLVI and playing with the New York Giants. The breakfast began at 9 a.m. with the program following shortly after an hour later. The food this time was cooked by the Men’s Club members and there was also an opportunity for people to get an autograph from the football great.

The Paterson, New Jersey native attended Paterson Catholic High School in town which is where he got his start in playing football. He ended up being an earner of the All-State honors as a senior in 2003 by helping his team go undefeated with a record of 11-0. Cruz ended up attending the University of Massachusetts where he graduated from and entered the 2010 NFL Draft. Even though he went undrafted, Cruz was signed the very next day by the New York Giants with whom he had a six-year-long career with before being a free agent and working somewhat with the Chicago Bears’ practice squad.

Cruz was a bit hit at this year’s TBA Annual Sports Breakfast that happened towards the end of last month. He was very motivating and managed to hit home with a lot of the audience.

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