This last week the University of North Carolina at Pembroke held their annual Cash Bash Fundraiser in the English E. Jones Center. The fundraiser featured one of the NFL’s referees in Brad Allen, who also was returning to his alma mater. Allen talked about being brave and he related that to his journey to become an NFL referee and how his journey continues today.
The Lumberton, North Carolina native Brad Allen originally began his referee career at the high school level and then later the ACC level where he officiated the 2012 Rose Bowl. Allen made his NFL debut as an official in 2014 when originally he was to be an umpire but when long time official Mike Carey announced his retirement, Allen was given the referee position which had not been given to a rookie referee since 1962. Outside of refereeing for the NFL, Allen is also the CEO of a non-profit organization.
This last week NFL referee Brad Allen returned to his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, to deliver a speech at their annual Cash Bash Fundraiser. Allen spoke about bravery and related the message to his journey in life and his 31 years as a referee. The event had an amazing turnout with over 350 attendees and as of this year the fundraiser has raised over 150,000 dollars for the universities 17 varsity programs.
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This past week Chesterton High School hosted former NFL fullback and college great Howard Griffith who spoke not about football but more about diversity. Griffith relayed the message that students should embrace the opportunity to learn from people and more specifically people from different nationalities.
Howard Griffith is a native of Chicago, Illinois who stayed in his home state to play college football for the University of Illinois. While at Illinois, Griffith set the still standing NCAA record for touchdowns in a game with eight, which came against Southern Illinois University in 1990. After his illustrious career at Illinois, Griffith went on to get drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the ninth round and began his career with the Los Angeles Rams. In 1997, Griffith joined the Denver Broncos and helped open up holes for Hall of Fame running back Terrell Davis during two runs to Super Bowl titles. After Griffith sustained a neck injury in 2001, Griffith retired after 11 seasons and has since joined the Big Ten Network as an analyst and has also commentated for NFL games on Fox as well.
This past week Howard Griffith spoke at Chesterton High School about diversity and how students should learn about different nationalities. The event had an amazing turn out and gave students the chance to hear from someone who has met and befriended multiple people coming from varying countries and cultures.
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This past Saturday, Brandon Jacobs assisted in running a football clinic in Graham, North Carolina. The football clinic was for boys in the third through eighth grades and was focused on fundamentals. Following the clinic, Jacobs also guest spoke at the Christian Adventurers’ Spring Banquet and Auction which was used to raise money for the organization.
Brandon Jacobs is a native of Houma, Louisiana who ran for over 3,000 yards and 38 touchdowns in his senior season of high school. After a college career that included playing for both the University of Auburn and Southern Illinois University, Jacobs was chosen in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. In Jacobs rookie season he rushed for over 400 yards and nine touchdowns and followed that season up by capturing the starting running back position after Tiki Barber retired. In that 2007 season the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl behind Jacobs bruising running style and their great defensive line. After six more seasons that included another Super Bowl run with the Giants and a brief stint with the San Francisco 49ers, Jacobs decided to retire after resigning with the Giants for one more season. Since his retirement Jacobs has been present on ABC’s Shark Tank and currently resides in Wayne, New Jersey.
This past Saturday, Brandon Jacobs guest spoke at the Christian Adventurers’ Spring Banquet and Auction after assisting with the football clinic held before. The event gave kids the chance to learn fundamentals from a former NFL running back and as expected the turnout was great.
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Earlier this month the annual DSBN International Concussion Summit was held at Niagara Falls. The summit featured none other than hall of fame running back Thurman Thomas, who helped the Buffalo Bills and their hurry up offense win the AFC Championship game four years in a row. The summit had multiple speakers who spoke to coaches and educators about concussions from experts in the field.
Thurman Thomas is a Houston, Texas native who attended Oklahoma State University where he was a teammate of fellow hall of famer Barry Sanders. After three years as a starter at OSU, Thomas finished with an amazing 897 rushes for over 4,500 yards and 43 touchdowns. After having his number retired at OSU, one of only three, Thomas was selected in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Thomas made five straight Pro-Bowls starting in 1989, led the league in rushing in 1990, 1991, and 1993, and even won an MVP in 1991 after gaining over 2,000 all-purpose yards. After his retirement after finishing his 13 year career, with his final season being with the Miami Dolphins, Thomas holds the Bills all-time rushing record with nearly 12,000 yards and ranks 12th in the history of the NFL. Thomas is also a part of a small group of NFL running backs who were obvious duel threats, just as Thomas was, with over 400 receptions and 10,000 yards rushing. In February of 2007 Thomas was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and today still lives in Buffalo, New York.
Earlier this month Thurman Thomas was the keynote speaker at the annual DSBN International Concussion Summit held in Niagara Falls. Thomas spoke mainly about the concussion and CTE issue that is taking the country and sports by storm. The event had an amazing turnout and gave attendees the chance to hear from a former football star who gave expert advice to educators and coaches about the danger of concussions.
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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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Later this month the Splash Foundation will be holding a fundraising event that is being sponsored by multiple high profile companies but one of the most surprising guests is not one of these companies but former Olympic swimmer Josh Davis. The event will be held on April 23rd at the Weborg 21 Centre.
Josh Davis is a native of San Antonio, Texas who is an Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder. In the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Davis helped the United States take home the gold medal in both the 4×100 and 4×200 meter freestyle relays. Along with those two gold medals, Davis took home another by winning the 4×100 meter medley relay and then finished seventh in the 200 meter freestyle swim as well. Four years later, Davis again helped the U.S. team take home medals by finishing second in both the 4×100 and 4×200 meter freestyle relays and finished fourth in the 200 meter freestyle. In 2001, the newly completed natatorium at the North East Independent School District’s Virgil T. Blossom Athletic Center was named in Davis’ honor. Today Davis and his wife Shantel are raising five children.
Later this month former Olympic swimmer Josh Davis will be the featured guest speaker at the Splash Foundation’s fundraising event. The event should have an amazing turnout and with Davis in attendance should prove to do well in raising money for support of educational opportunities for children.
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Earlier this month Truman State University held their Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series and featured none other than six time Olympic champion Jackie Joyner Kersee. Kersee spoke about many things that lead to her success such as her hard working attitude that helped her overcome challenges and turn them into triumphs.
The East St. Louis, Illinois native, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, qualified for the Olympic trials as a high schooler finishing eighth 1980 behind another high schooler. Kersee attended the University of California at Los Angeles or UCLA and starred in both track and field as well as basketball. Kersee scored over 1,100 points in her four seasons with the Bruins and while at UCLA in 1984 she won a silver medal in the Heptathlon at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Four years later Kersee starred on the track field for the United States taking home two gold medals in Seoul in both the heptathlon and long jump. Another four years and another gold medal took place for Kersee in the 1992 Barcelona games where she won the heptathlon once again. In 1996, Kersee enjoyed a short career in the American Basketball League by playing for the Richmond Rage and retired shortly thereafter. Kersee was voted by Sports Illustrated as the greatest female athlete of the 20th century and still today holds multiple records in the heptathlon and long jump. Along with her athletic success Kersee has also aided in founding two foundations, the Jackie Joyner Kersee Foundation and Athletes for Hope.
Earlier this month American track star Jackie Joyner-Kersee appeared at Truman State to give a guest speech. Kersee focused on triumphs over challenges and how hard work helped her accomplish those triumphs. The event had an amazing showing of attendees and gave the attendees the chance to hear from if the not the most, one of the most successful athletes ever.
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Earlier this month the University of Miami held their Week of Well-Being, a week dedicated to encouraging focus on physical, psychological, interpersonal, and occupational wellness in the community. The adventure-racing champion, Robyn Benincasa, was in attendance and guest spoke about the key elements of successful leadership and teamwork.
Robyn Benincasa is a native of the United States and has done things in her life that most wouldn’t do in ten lives. Along with being an adventure-racing champion, Benincasa is also an award winning motivational keynote speaker, a Guinness World Record kayaker, a San Diego firefighter, an ironman triathlete, a bestselling author, and even the proud owner of two bionic metal hips. With speaking Robyn has spoken with multiple fortune 500 companies to bring out better teambuilding and leadership. Not only has Benincasa been featured on various media outlets but she has also written a book titled How Winning Works which is basically a field guide to winning at various areas of life and became a New York Times best seller. Benincasa has also founded a nationally publicized foundation named Project Athena, which helps woman who have had medical setbacks live an adventurous dream as part of their recovery.
Earlier this month the University of Miami hosted Robyn Benincasa as a guest speaker for their Week of Well-Being. The event had an amazing turnout and with Benincasa in attendance the attendees had a great opportunity to hear from someone who knows what it takes to succeed at multiple areas of life.
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This upcoming week Blair County will hold their 17th annual Blair County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony. The event is being held at the Blair County Convention Center and will feature none other than University of Duke standout and ESPN analyst Jay Bilas as a guest speaker.
Jay Bilas is a Rolling Hills, California native who was a top 50 recruit while at Rolling Hills High School and was a four year starter for Coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke University. Bilas graduated in 1985 with a degree in political science and was subsequently selected in the fifth round of the NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. After a playing career overseas, Bilas went on to become an assistant coach for Coach K at Duke for three seasons and while coaching the Blue Devils advanced to three Final Fours and won two National Championships in 1991 and 1992. Since 1995, Bilas has become a staple on ESPN as an analyst and commentator for the sports network and also is a featured writer for the network as well. While Bilas was coaching at Duke he also completed his J.D. at Duke’s School of Law and currently maintains his litigation practice. Currently Bilas lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and their son and daughter.
This upcoming week, Jay Bilas will be the featured speaker at the 17th annual Blair County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony. The event will sell out rather quickly as the county looks to honor some of the most outstanding athletes and coaches in recent years and with Bilas in attendance it should prove to have an electric atmosphere.
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Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs made an appearance at his high school alma mater Winslow Township High School in New Jersey this past week. The face of wrestling answered questions for about ten minutes talking about his favorite move, when he started, and about his career in wrestling. Burroughs was full of smiles while visiting his old high school and it was visible how his love for his home has never wavered.
Jordan Burroughs is a Camden, New Jersey native and started wrestling when he was a young five years old. Winning started early for Burroughs as he won a state championship and senior national championship when he was finished at his high school, Winslow Township High School. After high school, Burroughs went on to star at the University of Nebraska. While at Nebraska, Burroughs was a three time All American and a two time undefeated national champion. Burroughs finished at Nebraska with a whopping record of 128-30 which is fifth in Nebraska school history.
Following his senior year at Nebraska in which he won a national title, Burroughs won a freestyle world title in Istanbul, Turkey. The world title in Istanbul made Burroughs only the fourth wrestler ever to win a national title and world title in the same year. In 2012, the following year, Burroughs made his first appearance at the Olympic Games in London, United Kingdom. Burroughs finished the Olympic Games with a gold medal and has since won multiple world championships around the world.
This past week, Olympic gold medalist, Jordan Burroughs made an appearance at his alma mater Winslow Township High School. The appearance was great for the kids that look up to Burroughs as an idol and as Burroughs stated had a larger crowd than most of his wrestling meets ever did while at Winslow.
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