Later this year the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition will be held at the Javits Center in New York City. One of the featured guests and keynote speakers will be NFL Super Bowl champion Leonard Marshall. Marshall will moderate a thought leadership panel covering CTE, concussions, and CBD as well as give his keynote address on related topics.
The Franklin, Louisiana native Leonard Marshall was the oldest of seven children and played college football at Louisiana State University. After graduating with a degree in business management, Marshall was drafted in the 1983 NFL Draft at number 37 overall by the New York Giants. Marshall started off slowly in the NFL but improved each year when ultimately in 1986 he and NFL legend Lawrence Taylor formed a dynamic duo on the right side of the Giants defense to help the Giants win the Super Bowl over the Denver Broncos. In 1990, Marshall would once again help the Giants win the Super Bowl as well as land one of the most devastating hits in NFL history by knocking Joe Montana out of his last game as a San Francisco 49er. After a few seasons with the New York Jets and Washington Redskins Marshall retired by signing a ceremonial contract with the Giants finishing his career fifth in Giants history in sacks and a total of 83.5 over his career and 12 in the postseason. Since his career ended, Marshall has annually ran the Leonard Marshall Football Academy Camp which trains football players ages eight to eighteen and currently lives in Mahwah, New Jersey.
Later this year NFL champion Leonard Marshall will be the keynote speaker at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo and will focus on CTE, concussions, and CBD. The event will have an enormous amount of companies and with Marshall in attendance to speak they will also have a face and a voice of a person who CBDs can benefit.
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Earlier this month it was announced that NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving will be partnering with headphone and earbud company Skullcandy. The endorsement with Skullcandy will give Irving a little more input than normal endorsements by having Irving give his own personal touch on the company’s products and his own personal line of products.
Kyrie Irving is a Melbourne, Victoria, Australia native whose dream of playing in the NBA started after a fourth grade trip to Continental Airlines Arena. After a highly illustrious high school career, Irving committed to play for Duke in 2009. Through the first eight games of the season in 2011, Irving was averaging over 17 points a game, five assists, four rebounds, and 1.5 steals a game. However in the ninth game of their season Irving suffered a severe ligament injury on his big toe and didn’t play another game for Duke until the beginning of the NCAA tournament where he scored 28 points in the sweet sixteen game against Arizona. Following his only season at the University of Duke, Irving was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Irving finished his rookie season with the Cavs averaging over 18 points a game and the rookie of the year award. The following season Irving was selected to his first All-Star game and became the youngest player in NBA history to score 40 points at Madison Square Garden. After his second straight all-star appearance, Irving was joined by Lebron James and Kevin Love to form a big three who actually started the season slow with a 5-7 record but ultimately went on to the NBA Finals their first year together. Irving was subsequently injured in the first game of the Finals and with missing Irving, the Cavaliers ultimately lost the series to the Golden State Warriors. Irving ended up missing the beginning of the 2015 season due to the fractured kneecap he suffered in the Finals the previous year but since his return Irving has assisted the Cavs in finishing the year with the number one seed in the Eastern Conference as the Cavs look to rebound and take home the NBA title this season.
Earlier this month it was announced that NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving will partner with Skullcandy by helping the company start a personal line for Irving while also taking his input in their other products as well. The marriage of the two should turn out to be successful due in large part to Irving’s creativity and touch on todays in styles and trends.
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This upcoming May, Host Analytics will hold the Host Analytics World 2016 at the San Francisco Marriot Marquis. The event will have none other than Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young as the keynote speaker. Young will speak on his experience achieving record setting performances and navigating change to attendees looking to take their game to the next level in both professional and personal settings.
The Salt Lake City, Utah native Steve Young ultimately played high school football for Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut. While in high school, Young established himself as a duel threat quarterback and was heavily recruited by the University of North Carolina to play in the triple option offense they were currently running. Young decided to attend BYU where he developed as a passer and took over for Jim McMahon and had an outstanding senior season that saw him throw for nearly 4,000 yards, over 30 touchdowns, and a NCAA record setting 71.3 completion percentage. Young averaged over 350 yards from scrimmage that senior season and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001. After a short career in the USFL, Young signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but after two seasons with the Bucs, Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh believed Young’s talents were being wasted by the organization and traded for the multi-talented quarterback who sat behind Joe Montana for three seasons before getting the starting nod from Walsh. His second season as the starter, Young won the MVP award behind an NFL leading 25 touchdown passes and a quarterback rating of 107. After another record setting season in 1993, Young would take the following year to the next level by helping the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl and ultimately winning the game by a score of 49 to 26 on the back of a Super Bowl record six touchdown passes from Young himself. After four more seasons, Young would declare his retirement and has since been a staple on ESPN’s Monday Night Football while also doing multiple philanthropic duties as well.
This upcoming May, Steve Young will be featured as the keynote speaker of the Host Analytics World 2016. Host Analytics is the leader in cloud-based enterprise performance management and will have Young speak about record setting experiences and experiences navigating change. The event will look to have a great turnout and with Young in attendance that expectation should prove to be reality.
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This upcoming April the annual OWN IT Summit will be held by OWN IT, a student initiative that seeks to connect students with women in leadership, featuring numerous speakers from various professional fields. One of the keynote interviewees will be two time Olympic gold medalist and 2015 FIFA champion, Abby Wombach. Wambach’s contribution to not only soccer but to women’s sports as a whole expects to be highlighted.
The Rochester, New York native Abby Wambach is the youngest of seven siblings and began playing soccer at the age of four when she originally just wanted to try the sport. At the age of five Wambach was transferred into the boy’s league after scoring 27 goals in only three games in the girl’s league. Wambach played soccer in high school at Our Lady of Mercer High School in Rochester and finished her career with an amazing 142 goals including 34 in 1997 alone. In 1998, Wambach would join the University of Florida Gators soccer team which had only been in existence for three years and would subsequently help lead the team to a National Title her freshman season. In 2012, Wambach would be inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a Gator Great. In 2001, Wambach’s play on the Gators’ team would earn her a spot at the United States Women’s National Team’s training camp and hasn’t looked back since. In her first FIFA World Cup in 2003, Wambach would lead the National Team in goals with three on route to a third place finish for the team. The following year, Wambach made her first appearance on the Olympic stage and didn’t disappoint by scoring on a 10 yard header that gave the National Team the gold medal against soccer powerhouse Brazil. During the 2007 FIFA World Cup, Wambach would become only the 20th player in U.S. Soccer Women’s history to have 100 caps in international play. At the 2012 Summer Olympics Wambach scored in every match except the final win against rival Japan in the gold medal match. In 2015, Wambach announced that the FIFA World Cup in Canada would be her last and the soccer legend helped lead the National Team to another Gold Medal in what was an emotional 43rd minute that saw Wambach give the captain’s armband to teammate Christie Rampone. After her retirement, Wambach stands as the most prolific goal scorer in men’s or women’s international soccer history with 184 career goals.
This upcoming April the OWN IT Summit will feature one of the greatest soccer athletes in not only the United States but the world in Abby Wambach as a guest interviewee. It is expected that the interview will highlight Wambach’s contribution to not only soccer but women’s sports as a whole and with Wambach present the event should prove to be a success.
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A few weeks back the American Rental Association held a show that had many ARA Hall of Fame inductees in attendance but the main attraction at the event was none other than one of the greatest basketball players ever and successful business man, Earvin “Magic” Johnson giving the keynote address. Johnson who owns over 100 Starbucks and a part of the Los Angeles Dodgers has continued his amazing success from the basketball court into the business world which has surprised no one.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson is a Lansing, Michigan native who not only learned the game from his parents but also the hard work ethic he has displayed for most if not all of his life. Johnson was first given the nickname magic when he was a 15 year old sophomore playing at Everett High School when he recorded a gaudy triple double. In his senior season, Johnson helped lead Everett to a state championship while averaging 28 points and 18 rebounds a game during the season. Following high school, Johnson decided to stay home to play for Michigan State rather than leave for UCLA or Indiana who both recruited Johnson heavily. During his freshman season Johnson averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 7.5 assists a game, quite a stat line for a freshman. The following season Johnson lead the Spartans to the NCAA Championship game against Indiana State which marked the one of the first games Johnson and Larry “Legend” Bird played against each other.
After winning the championship against Bird and Indiana State, Johnson decided to leave East Lansing to enter the 1979 NBA Draft in which he was selected with the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers. That same year Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar helped lead the Lakers to an NBA Championship against the Philadelphia 76ers and Julius Erving along with taking home the NBA’s rookie of the year award and NBA Finals MVP award. The championship was the first for Johnson who would win four more during his 13 years in the NBA. Johnson would help the Lakers take home another championship in 1982 against the same 76ers and took home his second NBA Finals MVP as well. In 1984 Johnson once again met Larry Bird but this time in the NBA Finals but the outcome was different than the previous season when they lost the championship to the Boston Celtics. Johnson and Jabbar carried the Lakers to the win in the series and what was Johnson’s third NBA title. Two years later Johnson had what many believe is the best season of his career when he averaged 24 points, 12 assists, and 6 rebounds while taking home his first regular season MVP award and another championship which required some late game heroics against, once again, the Celtics. The following season the Lakers and Johnson repeated against the Detroit Pistons and longtime friend, Isaiah Thomas. After a long battle with HIV Johnson made a comeback to the basketball when he made the 1992 US Olympic team also called the Dream Team. The team steamrolled everyone on their way to a gold medal which made Johnson one of only four players ever to win a NCAA Championship, an NBA title, and a gold medal in the Olympics. Along with his many on court successes, Johnson has become a part owner in the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 and helped facilitate the purchase of the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014.
A few weeks back the American Rental Association held a show that had many ARA Hall of Fame inductees in attendance but it also featured one of the greatest basketball players to ever grace the NBA court in Magic Johnson. The event had another amazing turnout and gave the attendees the opportunity to get advice from not only a successful athlete but also from a highly successful business man as well.
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This past month the Ford-Employees African Ancestry Network held the Heritage Awards where some of Detroit, Michigan’s greatest athletes were celebrated. The keynote speaker for the annual event was none other than Detroit native himself Jerome Bettis who played multiple seasons in the NFL and who joined the NFL Hall of Fame in 2015.
Jerome Bettis is a Detroit, Michigan native who did not start playing football until high school due mainly to his passion for bowling at a young age. After a very successful high school career at Mackenzie High School, where he was the top rated prospect in the state, Bettis went on to play college football at the University of Notre Dame. Over Bettis’ three year career at Notre Dame he finished with over 330 carries, 1900 yards, and 37 touchdowns. After forgoing his senior season with the Irish, Bettis was chosen 10th overall by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1993 NFL Draft. His rookie season with the Rams Bettis won rookie year and rushed for over 1000 yards which earned him first team all-pro despite only starting after the sixth game. After moving to St. Louis and a more pass oriented offense the Rams traded Bettis to the Pittsburgh Steelers where he would finish his career. For his first six seasons with the Steelers Bettis rushed for over 1000 yards and made four more Pro-Bowls. 2005 was a great year for Bettis even though he spent most of the season as a short yardage back mainly because of Super Bowl victory in his hometown and an ending of his career that showed the fifth most rushing yards in NFL history and over 90 touchdowns. After his playing career, Bettis became an NFL analyst for NBC and then was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
This past month Jerome Bettis gave the keynote speech at the Ford-Employees African Ancestry Network Heritage Awards. The event had another great turnout as it does every year and featured some of the greatest athletes to ever come from Detroit.
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San Francisco Giants Jeremy Affeldt spoke at this year’s Chico Nuts American Legion Fundraiser Dinner that happened on March 4th at the Manzanita Place in Chico. Every year this event is held to benefit the American Legion program, and this year over 560 people showed up to take part in the festivities. After speaking with the crowd, Affeldt also stuck around to sign some autographs and meet with several of his fans and baseball enthusiasts. The American Legion holds a close spot in his heart as he took part in the program up in Washington state while developing some of his athletic skills for four years. Overall the event was a huge success and many of the town’s players in the age range of 9 through 19 were able to hear from the player about why it’s important to never let go of your dreams.
The Phoenix, Arizona native was a military brat that got to live and play all over the country, and even played during high school in a Division 2-B school in Colbert, Washington. He was drafted in the 1997 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals in the third found and made his first professional debut on April 6th of 2002 after years of training in a rookie league. Affeldt played for the Royals for four years before going to the Colorado Rockies for one season, and then eventually did the last six years of his career in San Francisco with the Giants. The three-time World Series Champion was a part of the winning Giants team during the years of 2010, 2012 and 2014, and eventually retired at the end of the 2015 season.
Affeldt spoke at this year’s Chico Nuts American Legion Fundraiser Dinner earlier this month and was thrilled to be a part of the event to raise funds for an organization that has impacted him greatly in his life so far.
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It was announced this last week that Heineken’s new campaign, Soccer is Here, will feature two of the biggest United States soccer stars in Landon Donovan and Carli Lloyd. The yearlong campaign will highlight the rich history of soccer in the US and will attempt to raise excitement about the future of soccer in the US. Heineken has been a huge part of soccer over the years in both the United States and worldwide and will help take the game to new heights.
Landon Donovan is a native of Ontario, California who began playing in his first organized soccer league at the age of seven and scored six goals in his first game in that league. At the age of 15, Donovan was accepted into the U.S. Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program. At only the age of 17, Donovan signed his first contract to play for the German club, Bayer Leverkusen, and struggled adapting to the German culture but after being designated to the MLS team San Jose Earthquakes he had immediate success. In 2005 he returned to Germany and stated his desire to return to the MLS after leading the Earthquakes to the MLS Cup title and becoming one of the only recognizable faces in the league. Since the Earthquakes traded away Donovan’s rights, his hometown team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, were able to acquire the MLS star where he would stay for the rest of his 14 year MLS career. His first season with the Galaxy ended with another MLS cup for Donovan. In 2009, Donovan had a banner year in which he won the MVP of the MLS and formed a dynamic duo with English superstar David Beckham. Two years later in 2011, the Galaxy would win another MLS Cup and with the cup win it gave Donovan an amazing four in his somewhat short career. The following year, Donovan again came up in the clutch to give the Galaxy yet another MLS Cup victory in a win over Houston. In Donovan’s international career he made over 150 appearances and scored over 50 goals in helping the American’s win multiple international games.
Carli Lloyd is a Delran Township, New Jersey native who began playing soccer at age five. After her high school career at Delran High School Lloyd went on to play soccer at Rutgers University. During her time with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights she was named to the First-Team All-Big East for all four years and ended her career as the all-time leader in points, goals, and shot attempts. After a forgetful season for the Chicago Red Stars in 2008, Lloyd left to play for her home state club, the Sky Blue FC. After breaking her ankle against her former team, Lloyd missed practically the entire season and was declared a free agent after her lone season for the Sky Blue FC. The following season Lloyd signed with the expansion team the Atlanta Beat and with her new signing had a coach who thought very fondly of her stating “She is a fantastic midfielder and someone who is fully focused on the game.” Lloyd made her first appearance on the Women’s National Team in 2005 and scored her first national goal a year later. In 2007, Lloyd helped the National team place third in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and started in three of the five games they played in the tournament. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics Lloyd scored two goals, one of which came in the gold medal final against Brazil and was named soccer athlete of the year along with Tim Howard. In the 2011 World Cup, Lloyd was able to score her first goal in a World Cup game and the national team finished with a silver medal after losing in the final to Japan. The following year Lloyd scored both goals in the London Olympic gold medal match against Japan in which they won. This past year in the 2015 World Cup games in Canada, it all came together for Lloyd when she went on a four game goal scoring streak that culminated in the final when she scored a hat trick in the first 16 minutes of the final against, once again, Japan. Lloyd would be named the best player of the World Cup with the Golden Ball and was the first since Geoff Hurst to score a hat trick in a World Cup game.
This past week it was announced that Carli Lloyd and Landon Donovan will be featured in the new Heineken campaign, Soccer is Here. The campaign will highlight the rich history of soccer in the United States and will once again show the support Heineken has shown to both American soccer and worldwide soccer as a whole. The marriage between the three parties should prove to be very successful if not only because the stardom Lloyd and Donovan own due to their international play for the United States.
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This upcoming March, Diana Nyad will be a keynote speaker at the 2016 Momentum Women’s Leadership Conference. The conference is set to begin on March 2nd and will end on March 3rd. The conference takes place every other year and along with having notable keynote speakers, such as Nyad, the conference will feature inspiring and educational workshops, networking opportunities, and will honor five outstanding Alabama women.
Diana Nyad was born in New York City, New York in 1949 and moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1952 where she started swimming seriously in the 7th grade. Nyad has written four books and given many speeches to various groups focused on motivation. Nyad has set many other records other than the Cuba to Florida swim she completed one and a half years ago. In Nyad’s over 50 years of swimming she has set the Bay of Naples 22 mile race record at 8 hours and 11 minutes, swam 28 miles around the Island of Manhattan in just under 8 hours, and she swam 102 miles from North Bimini Island, Bahamas to Juno Beach, Florida in 27 and a half hours. In 2014, Nyad was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on the 18th season of Dancing With the Stars.
This upcoming March, Diana Nyad will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Momentum Women’s Leadership Conference. The conference will look to have another great turnout and as always will give the attendees the opportunity to network as well as go through educational workshops.
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Newly elected Baseball Hall of Fame centerfielder Ken Griffey Jr. will serve as Honorary Starter of the 58th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, February 21st at 1 p.m. at the Daytona International Speedway.
Griffey received a record-breaking 99.32 percent of the vote (437 of 440) by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He played 22 seasons — 13 with the Seattle Mariners, nine with the Cincinnati Reds and less than one season with the Chicago White Sox. In his 22 seasons, Griffey was a 13-time All Star, 10-time Gold Glove winner and 1997 American League MVP. Griffey is also ranked sixth on the career home run list (630).
“We’re honored to welcome baseball great Ken Griffey Jr. as the Honorary Starter for the Daytona 500 ,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We’re looking forward to having such a legendary athlete wave the green flag on the first ‘Great American Race’ in the world’s first motorsports stadium.”
The 2016 Hall of Fame Weekend will be held July 22-25, with the annual Induction Ceremony scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 24. Griffey will be the first player to represent the Seattle Mariners organization in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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