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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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Nate WashingtonFormer NFL Player Nate Washington was the keynote speaker for the MLK Celebration on January 15th at Tiffin University. At the event, faculty and students were offered 12 differed break out sessions where they were able to discuss topics such as Cultural Awareness in the classroom, Transracial adoption, and LGBT safe spaces. It was an eye-opening experience for many people and a breath of relief for others who got to voice their opinions in an environment where they wouldn’t be judged. The President of Tiffin University, Lillian Schumacher, noted that they were making sure that students at their school, regardless or race or sexual orientation, feel welcomed and a part of the community.

The Toledo, Ohio native was raised in his hometown by his single mother, and he attended Schott High School where he was named a first-team all-area player as a senior. He ended up attending Tiffin University where he played college football and majored in Information Systems as well. He entered the 2005 NFL Draft but was not chosen by anyone, however, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed him on their roster as a free agent. Washington played for the Steelers for three years before signing a six-year contract with the Tennessee Titans in 2009. Before retiring, he also did a short stint with the Houston Texans and the New England Patriots as well.

The two-time Super Bowl champion recently spoke and participated in this year’s MLK Celebration that happened in the first half of this month. It was a fun time and inspirational for everyone who attended.

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The NFL made an announcement to reveal this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees for the class of 2018. Eight men were chosen to receive this prestigious award and they have a variety of backgrounds concerning the teams they played on and where they are friend. Here are this year’s inductees in no particular order.

Ray Lewis

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Ray Lewis is a retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker that has grown to be quite a legendary figure in every football household. Over the course of a 17-year career with the Ravens he managed to have 228 regular-season contests, 2,055 tackles, over 41 sacks, 20 fumble recoveries, 19 forced fumbles and 31 interceptions. In fact, these stats have pushed him to be recognized as the third-best defensive player in NFL history and the ninth-best player in the NFL overall. To put the cherry on the cake, Lewis even made his last professional game on the field as s Super Bowl winner in 2013’s match against the San Francisco 49ers.

Randy Moss

Randy Moss

Another new Pro Football Hall of Famer and explosive playmaker for several NFL teams, Randy Moss, is also an extremely deserving man of this award. Even though he never won a Super Bowl, he got to play in two different ones over his 14-year career. Some of the teams that he played on included the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings. In addition to being the 1998 Offensive Rookie of the Year, Moss also made it to six Pro Bowls and even earned the All-Pro First Team honors four times.He is currently tied for third place among wide receivers in NFL history along with Marvin Harrison.

Terrell Owens

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Third time’s the charm, at least it is for Terrell Owens on his quest to be among the greatest in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Over his 15-year career in the NFL with several teams including the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, he managed to be in the Pro Bowl six times and on the First Team All-Pro five times. In professional football history, he ranks as the eighth all-time player for receptions, having a total of 1,078. In addition to that, he is ranked as second in receiving yards and third in receiving touchdowns.

Brian Urlacher

Brian Urlacher

Retired linebacker for the Chicago Bears Brian Urlacher is another great athlete to become a Hall of Famer this year. Over the course of his 13-year career, he earned a spot in the Pro Bowl eight times and was also the 2000 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. In addition to that, he was also the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, so he hit the ground running from the early years of his time in the professional league. He appeared in a total of 182 games where he retired as an athlete with 1,354 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and 15 fumble recoveries.

Brian Dawkins

Brian Dawkins

Brian Dawkins spent 16 productive years in the NFL as a safety player and he has earned a spot in this Hall of Fame after only two years of being eligible for it. During his first 13 seasons he was on the roster of the Philadelphia Eagles before playing with the Denver Broncos for three years. In addition to that, he managed to make himself a Pro Bowler nine times over and four times as a First Team All-Pro player. By the time he retired he tallied up 1,131 career tackles, 26 sacks, 36 forced fumbles, 37 interceptions and 19 fumble recoveries in his career of 224 games.

Robert Brazile

Robert Brazile

Former linebacker for the Houston Oilers Robert Brazile is yet another great athlete to earn a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. His entire decade-long career was spent with the Oilers and during that time he made it to the Pro Bowl as a player seven times and twice on the First Team All-Pro. Even though the Oilers never got to the Super Bowl, Brazile appeared in several playoff games and finished his career with 11 sacks, 14 fumble recoveries and 13 interceptions. In 1975, he was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Jerry Kramer

Jerry Kramer

45 years after being eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Jerry Kramer is finally becoming a member this year. He spent all of his career of 11 years with the Green Bay Packers where he primarily played as a right guard and also played as a kicker during a few seasons. Kramer was a three-time Pro Bowl player and a five-time First Team All-Pro member as well. In addition to that, he is a five-time Super Bowl winner and even won the two very first championships with the Packers in 1967 and 1968.

Bobby Beathard

Bobby Beathard

Longtime NFL general manager Bobby Beathard made it into 2018’s Pro Football Hall of Fame due to his fantastic behind the scenes talent. He served as a scout for both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons, and took over as Miami’s direction of player personnel in 1972. Beathard’s squads won two Super Bowls in Miami and then in the late 70s’ he became the general manager for the Washington Redskins. Later on, he is the one who constructed the roster that reached the Super Bowl in January 1995 while he was the general manager for the San Diego Chargers too.

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Rocky BleierSteelers legend Rocky Bleier has been announced as the keynote speaker for the Leadership Best Practices with Healthcare & Hospitality Executives at Phigenics’ Water and Legionella Risk Management Summit that is happening on April 23. The big event will take place at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel where he is expected to discuss why teamwork is essential and how it impacts the facility water management community. In addition to that, Bleier is also going to share stories about his life in the NFL as well as his time in the U.S. Army, and how teamwork played a big part in both of those roles. It is going to be a very interesting and informative function, and Bleier is one of the best speakers they could have acquired for this summit due to all of his experience and wisdom.

The Appleton, Wisconsin native got his football career started while he played on the team for the University of Notre Dame and was even a member of their 1966 National Championship team. He was selected in the 16th round of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was also drafted by the armed forces that same year and was sent to Vietnam. During combat he was injured so severely that it was thought he would never walk again, but his determination begged to differ and he even made it back to the NFL.

Bleier is going to take part in this year’s Phigenics’ Water and Legionella Risk Management Summit that is happening at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel later this spring. It is looking like it will be a jam-packed event, so attendees should prepare to get their tickets for it ahead of time.

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Justin GatlinOlympian Justin Gatlin is going to be the featured speaker at the Pensacola Sports Cox Annual Awards Banquet that is happening on February 20th at New World Landing. The awards banquet highlights will include an induction into the Pensacola Sports Hall of Fame as well as an announcement for this year’s Sportsman of the Year. Tickets to get in are $75 per person or $750 for a table of 10, and it will officially begin at about 6:30 p.m. and a few athletes will be recognized for achievements in baseball, tennis, golf, and football championships. Gatlin is expected to tell an inspiring story of how he got to be as successful in his sport as he is today.

The Brooklyn, New York native is a five-time Olympic medalist and a two-time indoor world champion in the 60-meter dash. He attended high school at Woodham High School in Pensacola, Florida where he was able to earn an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee.He traveled to participate in the 2004 Athens Olympics where he brought home all five of his career medals in events varying from the 100 m, 200 m, and 4 x 100 m relay. His most recent victory was a gold medal at the!AAF World Relays and a silver medal at the 2017 London World Championships.

Gatlin is named as the keynote speaker for this year’s Pensacola Sports Cox Annual Awards Banquet that is happening at the end of next month. It will likely be a sell-out event, so be sure to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Booking AgentBasketball Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be speaking at a special lecture inside Bramlage Coliseum on February 6th. This event is hosted by the Black Student Union and the advisor for the organization, Brandon Clark, is excited to bring in the big athletic star as he hopes that Abdul-Jabbar’s message will continue to keep the community together. Tickets can be purchased at the Coliseum Ticket Office starting on January 19th by students, and the general public can claim up to four tickets per person starting on January 24th.

The New York City native and all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is not only known for his sports career but for his proactive civil rights involvement, his leadership as a cultural ambassador of the United States, and his writing as a best-selling author. Abdul-Jabbar holds NBA records for career points, Most Valuable Player Awards (6), and NBA All-Star selections (19) and is considered by many to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Abdul-Jabbar’s was appointed as a cultural ambassador to the United States in 2012 by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and is also an accomplished writer and best-selling author, frequently contributing articles to many publications on the subjects of athletics, culture and race.

Abdul-Jabbar will be making a keynote speech for a lecture early next month at the Bramlage Coliseum. Get your tickets at the end of January while they are still available.

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Bill Buckner SpeakerDodgers legend Bill Buckner will be featured at this year’s Youngstown State baseball eighth annual First Pitch Breakfast on Feb 10 at The Embassy in Boardman. The food at this hotel has always been fantastic and Buckner is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful function that supports his career sport. Buckner is expected to share some of his memories as a player in great detail and highlight a few special experiences. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $35 for reserved seats, and $550 for a table of 10 which include raffle tickets, premium seating for breakfast, and two guests who will appear along with Buckner.

The Vallejo, California native was a well-known talented athlete during his high school years in both baseball and football. He briefly attended Arizona State University and the University of Southern California before entering the 1990 MLB Draft where he was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He stayed with the team for seven years before switching to the Chicago Cubs in 1976. Over the course of his professional career, Buckner got to play for several MLB teams such as the Boston Red Sox, California Angels, and Kansas City Royals before heading back to Boston for a final year preceding his retirement in 1990.

Bucker is on the books for this year’s eighth annual First Pitch Breakfast at the Embassy in Boardman which is set to occur towards the end of next month. Be sure to get your tickets in advance as it is bound to sell out.

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Bill GoldbergWrestling Legend Bill Goldberg has been named the first member of the WWE 2018 Hall of Fame class. There was never a doubt that he would be a Hall of Famer, as he is a renowned athlete and even won last year’s WWE Universal title. There is a lot of speculation as to what other wrestlers will be inducted in this year, however, one thing that is clear is that Goldberg is certainly the headliner. Hulk Hogan, Brock Lesnar, and Dwayne Johnson are just a few of the other possibilities, but fans will have to keep waiting to see which stars made it this year.

The California native had always been gifted when it came to athletics, and he started out as an avid football player and even got a scholarship to play for the University of Georgia. He entered the 1990 NFL draft and was selected by the Los Angeles Rams with whom he played with for his first two seasons in the league. Then he spent a few months on a stint playing for the Canadian Football League before returning to the NFL to join the Atlanta Falcons for two seasons, but unfortunately had to resign after he tore his pelvis. Thereafter he began to look into martial arts which ended up guiding him to his second sports career as a professional WWE wrestler. In addition to that, Goldberg has been acting in movies and other works since 1998 which is what led him to this opportunity.

Goldberg has been announced as the first inductee to the 2018 class of the WWE Hall of Fame, and only time will tell who else will join him. Stay tuned for more updates on who else will be taking the stage with this incredible athlete.

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