ATHLETE & CELEBRITY BIOS

Plenary Sessions Participants

Dr John Spengler

Dr. John Spengler

John O. Spengler, JD, Ph.D. is a Professor at the University of Florida, whose work focuses on legal and policy issues around sport and recreation safety, obesity prevention, and physical activity.  Spengler’s research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study policies relevant to improving opportunities for physical activity. As an American Heart Association Volunteer, his research has informed policy and advocacy efforts at the state and national level to improve community health through physical activity.  He has disseminated the results of his research in over sixty journal articles, commissioned research papers, and through numerous webinars and professional presentations. He is also the author of two book chapters and four textbooks.  Spengler is the Director of the UF Sport Policy and Research Collaborative (SPARC), the official research partner of the Aspen Institute’s “Project Play,” an Aspen Institute project designed to improve the health of children and communities through sport.  He also serves on the advisory board of “Project Play.” Spengler is the immediate past President of the Sport and Recreation Law Association and past Associare Editor of the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport.  Honors include selection as a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor in recognition of research and scholarly achievements, UF College teacher of the year awards, Florida Sports Hall of Fame, Fame for Fitness Award  in recognition of his work on childhood obesity prevention, Shape America’s Safety and Risk Management Distinguished Scholar Award and Research Consortium Fellow, and the Sport and Recreation Law Association Research Fellow. Spengler will soon be taking a new position as Professor and Head of the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at Texas A&M Univerdity.

Shellie Pfohl

Shellie Pfohl, M.S.

Shellie Pfohl was appointed by President Barack Obama in February, 2010 to serve as Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN).  PCFSN educates, engages and empowers all Americans to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.  The Council is comprised of up to 25 volunteer citizens who advise the President through the Secretary of Health and Human Services. 

Ms. Pfohl is responsible for developing PCFSN’s vision and strategy, and directing its daily operations.  She also leads the Council’s efforts to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation.

Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Pfohl co-founded and served as executive director of Be Active North Carolina, a non-profit organization aimed at increasing physical activity among North Carolinians.  She was also the founding director of Be Active America and served as executive director of the North Carolina Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health.

Ruth Riley

Ruth Riley

University of Notre Dame 1997-2001
Summa Cum Laude, BA in Psychology; Recipient of an NCAA postgraduate scholarship; Wrote a children’s book “Spirit of Basketball” for the WNBA’s Detroit Shock; 2001 Recipient of the NCAA Today’s Top VIII Award recognizing athletics, academic achievement, character and leadership; First Vice President of the WNBA Players Association 2005-2013; A 2010 inductee into Notre Dame’s prestigious Ring of Honor; Inducted into the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame; 2016 Executive MBA Candidate at Notre Dame

In the Community
2015 Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award; 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Person’s of the World (TOYP) recipient; 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) recipient; NBA/WNBA Cares Ambassador for the NBA since 2013; Recipient of the 2011 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award by the WNBA; Recipient of the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award in 2010; Appointed in 2009, George W. Bush to President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.; 4 time recipient of the WNBA’s Community Assist Player; Global Spokesperson for the United Nation’s Foundation campaign  NothingButNets since it’s launch in 2006. Founded to combat Malaria in Africa (#1 killer of children on the continent); Spokesperson for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry initiative.; Co-Founder of Inspire Transformation (and NGO that does HIV/AIDS awareness & prevention through leadership and sports training in South Africa)

USA Basketball
2004 Gold Medal Olympic Games (Athens); 1999 Silver Medal World University Games

WNBA
2003, 2006 WNBA Champions (Detroit); 2005 WNBA All-star (Detroit); 2003 WNBA Finals MVP; 2003 No. 1 Overall WNBA Dispersal draft pick by Detroit; 2001 No. 5 Overall WNBA draft pick by Miami Sol

College Basketball Awards and Honors
2001 NCAA Finals MVP; 2001 NCAA Champions; 2001 Naismith Player of the Year; 2001 Big East Player of the Year; 2001 NCAA Verizon Academic All-American of the Year; 2001 Big East conference Silver Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team; three-time Big East All-Tournament Team (1999- 2001); three-time Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year (1999-2001)-two time Associated Press All-American First Team (2000, 2001); 1998 Big East All-Rookie Team

WNBA Teams (13 year career)
2013 Atlanta Dream2012 Chicago Sky; 2007-2011 San Antonio Silver Stars; 2003-2006 Detroit Shock; 2001-2002 Miami Sol

Demaurice Smith

DeMaurice Smith

DeMaurice Fitzgerald Smith is the Executive Director of the National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA). He was reelected to his third three-year term in March 2015.

On August 4, 2011, Smith signed a 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with NFL management, leading the Players through the owners’ 132-day lockout. Smith and his team employed a novel multi-faceted strategy that combined a successful legal attack on the NFL’s lockout funds, a federal and local legislative agenda, creative use of social media and the unprecedented securing of the first employee anti-lockout insurance policy. The new CBA codifies new health and safety protocols for Players, achieved longer off-seasons, significantly reduces the amount of contact during practices, provides for unannounced inspections of training camps, creates the first compliance and accountability structure for NFL medical personnel, and provides the Players’ with their highest share of TV contract revenues in history.

Prior to his post at the NFLPA, Smith was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and was Counsel to then Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.  He was awarded the US Attorney’s Office highest honor for courtroom advocacy and the Department of Justice’s highest honor by US Attorney General Janet W. Reno. Smith served as a Partner in firms of Latham & Watkins, LLP and Patton Boggs, LLP, in Washington, D.C. where he represented corporations, boards of directors and senior executives in civil and criminal matters.

Smith has been awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award, the Keeper of the Dream Award, by the Action Network Alliance, the City of Justice Award by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy and was inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ Hall of Excellence.   He serves on the Board of Directors for ULLICO; The Board of Directors for the US Congressional Award; the Board of Advisors for the Office for Access and Advancement for Public Black Universities; and as an Advisory Board Member of The Power of Diversity Mentorship Exchange Program.   Smith Chairs the Annual Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Fundraising Dinner, and has been named one of the top 10 most influential executives in sports.

He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a 1985 graduate of Cedarville University.  Smith is on the Faculty of the National Trial Advocacy College in Charlottesville, Virginia; Executive in Residence and the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia, and is a guest lecturer at Georgetown University, Columbia University, Harvard University, George Washington University, and the University of Virginia School of Law.  He has also been a guest speaker at the New York Stock Exchange, and has served as the commencement exercise speaker for his alma mater, the University of Virginia School of Law (2015), the University of Maryland (2014), and as a featured speaker during the Howard University School of Law commencement activities

Warren Moon

Warren Moon

Warren Moon is an exceptional competitor, mentor and humanitarian. He is a man who leads by example, encourages others to excel and readily gives 100 percent of himself to everything he’s involved in. On and off the football field he has achieved great success due to his drive for perfection and his compassion for others.

Warren was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in September 2001 as a result of winning five championships in six years. To honor his achievements, a plaque was placed on the Wall of Honor in Commonwealth Stadium (home of the Edmonton Eskimos) in August 2001. Warren is one of only 21 persons to receive the honor.  Despite spending his first six professional seasons in the CFL, Warren ranked third all-­‐time in NFL passing yardage racking up nearly 50,000 passing yards in 17 NFL seasons and fourth in touchdown passes thrown at the time of his retirement. The Tennessee Titans (formerly the Houston Oilers) retired his number in 2006.  In his first year of eligibility, Warren was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 becoming the first undrafted quarterback and the first African-­‐American quarterback to be so honored. Currently, Warren sits on the  Board of Directors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and continues to be an active member.

After his professional football career, Warren has continued his charitable endeavors. For the past 16 years, Warren has hosted an annual reception during the Pro Bowl benefiting St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, where he currently sits on the advisory board.  Warren founded his own non-­‐profit organization, The Crescent Moon Foundation, in 1989. It is now more active than ever and is dedicated to providing support for educational pursuits that will benefit children most in need who have displayed a commitment to their community, as well as other charitable causes. As part of the Crescent Moon Foundation’s mission, the Rising Moon

Scholarship Program awards ten scholarships of up to $5,000 annually to students that demonstrate a commitment to their community, excel in leadership and academics, and who are in need.  Warren was named NFL’s Man of the Year in 1989 for his work in the community. He regularly volunteers his time and expertise to a variety of charitable organizations that raise awareness and funds for communities in need. Warren generously donated $250,000 to his church, Windsor Village United Methodist Church, to build a new community center. Warren spent many years hosting an annual celebrity-­‐bowling tournament, which raised funds for the Urban Youth Scholarship Fund. He also co-­‐hosted many annual celebrity golf tournaments benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Seattle and is a founding member of the Field Generals, an African-­‐American QB Club dedicated to molding young African-­‐ American QB’s into future leaders. Additionally, he served as an ambassador for the NFL promoting the game of football to young people worldwide. Most recently, he was named the 2015 recipient of the Unstoppable Achievement award at the 6th Annual Unstoppable Gala. He is the first athlete to receive this award following last year’s winner Malala Yousafzai, who recently won the Nobel Peace Prize. He is now an ambassador for the Unstoppable Foundation and helps to raise funds to create sustainable living and provide education to children and their families in Africa.

Currently, Warren is the color analyst for the Seattle Seahawks and has worked with TNT, DirecTV, CBS Westwood One Radio, FOX Sports and as a specialist with the NFL for pre-­‐season games. With ten years of experience as a partner at Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment, Warren began Sports 1 Marketing in 2010 with David Meltzer, CEO at Leigh Steinberg.  As the President and co-­‐founder, Warren leads Sports 1 Marketing to maximize the value of its clients by cultivating unique and lucrative business opportunities for corporate brands, elite athletes and strategic partners. The business is built on the foundation to make a lot of money, help a lot of people and have a lot of fun.

Despite leaving the gridiron in 2000, Warren continues to lead by example, encouraging others to excel, and readily gives 100 percent of himself to all of his endeavors be it family, business, mentoring or humanitarian concerns

Game Mothibi

Gary Hall, Sr.

Gary Hall Sr. is a three-time Olympian who was twice named World’s best swimmer in 1969 and 1970. He held 10 world records, won three Olympic medals and continues to break world records today as a Master’s swimmer. He studied and swam under the legendary coach and teacher, Dr. James ‘Doc’ Counsilman, at Indiana University. During the Montreal Olympic Games, Gary Sr. was selected by his teammates to carry the US flag and lead the team into the Opening Ceremony.

Since retiring as a physician and moving to the Florida Keys in 2006, Dr. Hall has now dedicated his life to coaching swimming technique at the Race Club. He brings his science background, his knowledge and experience in stroke mechanics and strong passion for swimming to offer an unsurpassed quality of teaching at the Race Club. Swimmers of all ages and abilities come from all around the world to learn from and be inspired by Gary Hall Sr. He is currently serving a four year term as President of the United States Olympians and Paralympians Association and serves as Executive Director of the World Fit Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting sports and exercise among children.

Nick Bollettieri

Nick Bollettieri

Nick Bollettieri is one of the most influential people in the world of tennis and a legend who has transcended the sport.  In 1978, he founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (NBTA) in Florida. The NBTA was the first full-time tennis boarding school to combine intense training on the court with a custom-designed academic curriculum. What was once a program of primarily on-court training has evolved into a multi-faceted approach which includes blending the technical and strategic on-court training with specialized performance physical training and mental conditioning. The Bollettieri approach not only builds athletes on the court, but more importantly, prepares them for a successful life off the court as well.

It was this proven method that Nick used to coach ten #1 players in the world – Agassi, Becker, Courier, Hingis, Jankovic, Rios, Seles, Sharapova and Venus and Serena Williams, as well as a multitude of other world-class players, including: Haas, Kournikova, Arias and Vaidisova, to name a few. The NBTA quickly became synonymous with tennis excellence and its coaches and students continue to reflect Nick’s passion for excellence and the game.

In 1987, Nick expanded his vision when he joined forces with IMG to turn the Tennis Academy into a multi-sport training facility, now known as IMG Academy. Located on over 500 acres, the IMG Academy complex trains over 13,000 junior, collegiate, adult & professional athletes annually, including families and corporate groups, from over 75 countries annually.

At 83 years old, Nick is still going strong, rising at 4:20 am every morning to get to the gym by 5:00 am. He starts coaching at 5:30 am, stopping only for a quick lunch before finishing his last lesson at 7:00 p.m. Nick teaches private lessons, as well as oversees the progress of numerous professional players, the Elite Juniors, and the general Academy groups. He also travels around the country and internationally on an annual basis conducting clinics, making appearances, and giving motivation speeches for all audiences.

Nick brings his own passionate style to everything he does and a message that cannot be ignored. He has always relied on his resilient and positive attitude and unique strengths to enable him to attain his current level of success. He is a strong advocate and role model for living a healthy lifestyle. Nick demands a lot out of himself, all those who work for him, and those who train with him.  Nick is extremely zealous about giving back to the community and is especially inspired by programs that help children. He is currently involved in a number of great opportunities for children who may not be as fortunate as others.

Nick has written numerous books on tennis, contributed to many television and video programs and is recognized for his promotion of the sport, especially among the youth. The Bollettieri name is recognized worldwide as a leader and innovator in the world of sports.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July 2014; 2013 nducted into the USPTA Hall of Fame in September 2013;  2013    Keynote Speaker for the first ever Italian Coaches Symposium at the Italian Open; 2012 ITF Lifetime Achievement Award; 2012    Sarasota Sister Cities- One World Award recipient; 2011    Tennis Industry Hall of Fame – Inductee; 2011 Sixth Annual Dick Vitale Gala – Honoree; 2010 Recipient of City Park’s Vitas Gerulaitis Award; 2010 LTA Lifetime Contribution to Coaching Award; 2010 Florida Gulf Coast Tennis Hall of Fame – Inductee;  2009 Alabama Sports Hall of Fame – Inductee; 2009 Recipient of Bob Larson Person of the Year Award; NY College of Health Professions – Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters and Commencement Speaker; 2007 USPTA Florida Division Hall of Fame – Inductee; Manatee County Government – Bollettieri Boulevard Street Dedication; Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association – Honorary Membership; Tennis Magazine – List of 40 Greatest Moments of the Last 40 Years; 2004 Florida Sports Hall of Fame – Inductee; Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health – Spirit of Sports and Service Award Honoree; Sarasota Italian Cultural Event – Cultural and Heritage Award; American Cancer Society – Cartier Grand Slam Legend Awar; 2002 Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County Hall of Fame – Inductee; 2002 City of North Miami Beach – Dedication at the Judge Arthur Snyder Tennis Center; Italian American Hall of Fame – Inductee; Tennis Magazine – List of 50 Most Influential People In Tennis; International Tennis Hall of Fame – Tennis Education Merit Award; 1999 Sarasota Herald Tribune – One of the 20 most influential people in the Tampa Bay Area; The Sporting Life – Listed in top 25 people who have influenced tennis in the past century; United States Olympic Committee – National Coach of the Year for Tennis; Manatee and Sarasota Counties – Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award; Board of Child Care – National Symposium of Children and Poverty – Award for Devotion to Child Health; 1996 United States Navy – Flight with Blue Angels; 1994 Spring Hill College Hall of Fame – Inductee; USPTA – Coach of the Year; Sharp – Professional Coach of the Year; USTA – Community Service Award; USPTA – First Master Pro Group, 1981 Florida Professional Tennis Association – Pro of the Year

COMMUNITY SERVICE:
07-12 Honorary Chair – Everglades Foundation Gala; 06-12 Supporter – Dick Vitale Gala for Cancer Research (The V Foundation); 05-12 Supporter – Robin Hood Foundation; 04-12 Founder – Camp Kaizen; 04-12 Board Member – Inner City Tennis (ICT) Program; 04-12 Member – USPTA Player Development Advisory Council; 2003 Sponsor – Tennis with the Pros Event Benefiting Health Central Foundation; 01-12 Supporter – Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County; 01-12 Founder & Creator – Tennis in a Can; 00-12 Member – USTA Advisory Committee USA Tennis Coaching Education Program; 2000 Board Member – Sarasota Open; 00-01 Founder – Fun for Kids Foundation; 2000 Board Member – Panda Foundation Inc.; 99-03 Board Member – Foundation for Dreams; Honorary Co-Chair – USPTA Tennis Across America; Honorary Chair – USPTA Tennis Across America; 91-95 Board of Directors – Arthur Ashe Safe Passage Foundation; Co-Founder – Ashe-Bollettieri ‘Cities’ Tennis Program (ABC)

SPECIAL PROJECTS
2006 – Current – Camp Kaizen
As a pioneer in fitness, Nick is working closely with his wife, Cindi, to help combat the growing epidemic of childhood obesity.  Concerned with the physical and psychological risks associated with this condition, Nick and Cindi founded Camp Kaizen which is located in beautiful and tranquil East Burke, Vermont.  Camp Kaizen is a fitness camp for overweigh girls between the ages of 9 and 14.  The focus of Camp Kaizen is the development of the four ‘C’s’ – Character, Courage, Confidence, and Commitment.

Through the Camp Kaizen Scholarship Fund and the generosity of many of Nick and Cindi’s close friends, full financial scholarships are available to girls who otherwise would not be able to attend.  Nick and Cindi wish to make a positive and long-lasting impact on the youth of America.

2004 – Current – Inner City Tennis
Nick sits on the Board of Directors and acts as both a fundraiser and a spokesperson for the Inner City Tennis (ICT) Program in Twin Cities, Minnesota.  ICT uses the fun and challenge of tennis and other sports to help inner-city youth build self-esteem, as well as, character, competence, and commitment for personal and community involvement.  The ICT curriculum focuses on – responsibility, respect, teamwork, enthusiasm, integrity, perseverance and service.  ICT works to build self-esteem, character and life skills in all the young people that participate.  Nick is proud of his association with this inspiring program.

2000 – Current – Tennis-In-A-Can
In 2000, Nick developed the Tennis-In-A-Can Youth and High School Program, a comprehensive tennis wellness program with an innovative curriculum that can be implemented in any school or recreational program regardless of access to a tennis facility.  This national outreach program is designed to expose children of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels to tennis and physical activity.  To date, Tennis-In-A-Can programs have been sent to almost 1,200 schools across the United States through the generous donations of sponsors.

1987 – 1993 – Ashe-Bollettieri Cities Program
In 1987, Nick and Arthur Ashe co-founded the Ashe-Bollettieri Cities’ Tennis Program (ABC).  Together they provided tennis lessons, academic tutoring, health education and collegiate financial aid to 15,000 inner city youth until Ashe’s untimely and most unfortunate death in 1993.

TENNIS RECORD
Nick Bollettieri has coached every level of player throughout his career: professionals, juniors, college, and club players…he is arguably the most successful coach in tennis history.

Nick has personally worked with:

Ten (10) Number One ATP/WTA Tour Players (Singles): Andre Agassi; Boris Becker; Jim Courier; Martina Hingis; Jelena Jankovic; Marcelo Rios; Monica Seles; Maria Sharapova; Serena Williams; Venus Williams

Two (2) Number One ATP/WTA Tour Players (Doubles): Mark Knowles; Max Miryni

April Holmes

April Holmes

Raised with a hard work ethic, which she has honed with a will of steel, April Holmes has redefined what it means to be disabled. April was involved in a train accident in 2001 that resulted in the loss of her left leg below the knee. While she lay in her hospital bed, a doctor told her about the Paralympic Games and three goals were firmly implanted in her mind. She desired to wear the USA uniform. She wanted to break world records. She was determined to win gold medals.

Since her career in Paralympic track & field began in 2002, Holmes has continued to succeed, improving each and every step of the way. She has broken IPC World Records fourteen times and American Records eighteen times in the 100, 200, 400 meters and the long jump. Over her astonishing career, April has put together several undefeated seasons, and her first Paralympic gold medal in the 100 meters at the 2008 Beijing Games. Speed and quickness are her best friends as she continues to break her own world records every season. With a commanding lead over the growing field of competitors, Holmes continues to captivate track enthusiast with her grace and style. April put on the USA uniform again at the 2012 Paralympics in London and after a photo finish was awarded bronze in the 100 meters in front of a sold-out arena.

Off the track, Holmes runs the April Holmes Foundation, Inc. a non-profit organization assisting people with physical and learning disabilities with scholarships and medical equipment. Having completed her MBA in Marketing, Holmes uses her education to improve  the awareness of people with disabilities. April was recently named by the International Paralympic Committee’s “Top 10 Women in Paralympic Sport, NCAA 2015 Inspirational Athlete of the Year, a US Paralympic & US Anti-Doping Ambassador, and has assisted  First Lady Michelle Obama on the “Let’s Move” Campaign.

April is a well-sought speaker and enjoys opportunities to share her life and GOLD medal with others. She has electrified audiences with messages of motivation, diversity, leadership, and marketing. Some of her clients include Deloitte, Disney, The Jordan Brand, Hartford Insurance, and BMW. April also assists companies in Olympic-Theme sporting days to enhance the core values of teamwork, determination, discipline, and goal setting.

Given her expertise, education, and athletic achievements, Holmes has been featured on multiple media outlets including NBC Today Show, CBS Early Morning, Fox, ESPN, BBC, Forbes, and Oprah’s “O” Magazine. “Communicating Your Greatness” remains a staple in her life on the track and in the corporate workspace.

Ms. Holmes recently co-authored her first book entitled, “The Winning Way” fulfilling her dream of many years to become a published author. The book hit Amazon’s Best Sellers List. Her second book, “Stop Limping Thru Life, Start Running” will be on bookshelves soon.

Competition Highlights:
14x World Record Holder; 18x American Record Holder; 2012 Paralympic Games- Bronze Medalist (100 meters); 2008 Paralympic Games- Gold Medalist (100 meters); 2004 Paralympic Games- Bronze Medalist (Long Jump); 16x US Paralympic Track & Field National Champion; 2x International Paralympic Committee World Champion; 3x International Paralympic Committee World Cup Champion

Notable Achievements:
US Paralympic & US Anti-Doping Agency Ambassador

Dr. Carole Oglesby

Dr. Carole Oglesby

Carole Oglesby has been in the professoriate for more than forty years; 27 of them at Temple University.  She earned a PhD in Kinesiology at Purdue University in 1969 and a PhD in Counseling at Temple University in 1999.  She was a department chair at Temple from 1992-1995 and at California State University, Northridge 2003-2009.

Carole’s scholarly career has been devoted to growth and development in two areas; women’s/gender studies in sport and sport psychology.  She has held major leadership positions in academic and advocacy organizations in these areas such as International Working Group for Women and Sport, Women’s Sport Foundation, WomenSport International, Association for Applied Sport Psychology and USA-FISU organization.

She was awarded the AIAW Award of Merit, NAGWS Honor Fellow and Women’s Sports Foundation Billie Jean King Award; AAHPERD Honor Award, R. Tait McKenzie Award for service outside the profession, C.D. Henry Award for service to racial and ethnic minorities.  She received the America Psychological Association Div. 47 Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Service and also the Phillip Noel Baker Research Award of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education.

Carole was principle author/contributor for a UN-Division for the Advancement of Women monograph entitled Women, Gender Equality and Sport, translated in four languages and released March 2008.  Having published over 50 chapters, articles, essays, four books or monographs and advised 49 successful PhD students at Temple University. Her doctoral work in counseling was a culmination of a lifetime of observation that sport, and other high performance contexts, can bring trauma as well as positive development.    

Carrie Zimmerman

Carrie Zimmerman

Carrie Englert Zimmerman vaulted from the balance beam as an Olympic gymnast in the 1976 Montreal Games, and the first American woman to ever score a perfect “10” in floor exercise, to the boardroom as a global entrepreneur. She is co-founder and ceo of The Zimmerman Agency, a marketing firm headquartered in Tallahassee, Fla. which boasts annual billings exceeding $160 million and employs more than 164 professionals. The firm, known for its energetic ZDNA, is the largest hospitality public relations agency in the United States and represents clients in 36 countries from Beijing, Penang, Cabo and Bali to Dubai, Ibiza, Mumbai and London, as well as all over the country.

Carrie resisted resting on her Olympic laurels, and instead, built a corporate empire and became a powerhouse business executive on a global level. She is sought after around the world to share her proprietary “WOW!” business philosophy based on disruptive thinking and fearless enthusiasm and has inspired executives from Egypt, Russia, Singapore and Great Britain to Malaysia, Panama, Indonesia and Canada. Microsoft has named Carrie “One of America’s Top Ten Savviest Businesswoman” and INC. magazine has featured Carrie as a “Gold Medal Millionaire Entrepreneur.”  Her passion is legendary.

Carrie is famous for stating “who says there’s no “I” in team?”  Not Carrie Zimmerman. Her business mantra might surprise you. “Another contradictory approach to the normal business platform is my idea that ‘I’ is as important as ‘we’,” she explains. “I developed a five level list of ‘I’s’ for which individuals have personal responsibility. My ‘I’ platform encourages every individual employee to be — intense, intelligent, inspired, intuitive and impassioned. The Z DNA is an empowered approach to provide employees the chance to explore their unlimited potential. Those five “I’s”, when self-stimulated, are an amazing litmus platform to develop personal traits of success. A team approach is only effective if individuals are responsible for the triumph.”

Carrie’s combination as an elite athlete and entrepreneur in the aggressively competitive global arena of athletics and business has not only created her infectious zest, but the development of her “WOW!” brand.

Declan Farmer

Declan Farmer

USA Hockey
Gold medalist at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi; Russia.; As a member of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team; has played in two International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships (gold – 2015; silver – 2013) and three World Sled Hockey Challenge tournaments (first – 2012; 2015; second – 2013); Received an ESPY Award from ESPN as the 2014 Best Male Athlete with a Disability; Holds Team USA records for most assists (6) and points (9) in a World Sled Hockey Challenge; Tied Team USA record for most goals in a single world championship at the 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships with six goals in five games; Finished 2014-15 season as team leader in goals (10) and points (21); Ranked second overall in assists (11); Three-time USA Hockey’s Player Development Camp attendee (2010-12)

Paralympic Winter Games
2014: Recorded three goals and an assist over five games; IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships; 2015: Scored the game-winning goal in the gold-medal game against Canada. Led the U.S. in goals (6); tying Taylor Lipsett for most goals scored by a U.S. player in a single world championship. Finished third on the team with seven points (6-1) in five games.; 2013: Led Team USA with eight points (4-4) in five games

World Sled Hockey Challenge
2015: Led the tournament in points (3-6—9); 2013: Tied for team lead with six points (3-3) at tournament; 2012: Posted a power-play goal and two assists over five games

Series vs. Canada
2015: Recorded five points (1-4) in three games; 2014: Collected one goal in three games; 2013: Notched two goals in three games

Additional Notes
Born a bilateral amputee (one above knee; one below knee); Began playing sled hockey in 2006 at a clinic in Clearwater; Fla.; Member of the Tampa Bay Lightning Sled Hockey Team from 2007-13.; Also played for Florida Bandits Sled Hockey in 2012 and USA Patriots squad in 2011; Played at the 2010 and 2011 USA Hockey Disabled Festivals with the Tampa Bay Lightning Adult Sled Hockey Team and the Spacecoast Hurricanes Youth Sled Hockey Team; Junior at Berkeley Prep School in Tampa; Fla.

Bobby Sager

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A tough-minded businessman who made a fortune by seeing opportunity where others haven’t, Bobby was a driving force behind jewelry business. Today, Gordon Brothers is a preeminent global financial services business conducting over $10 billion of transactions annually, with 10 offices in North America, Europe and Asia. He also serves on the board of Polaroid, which is one of Gordon Brothers’ investments

PHILANTHROPIST ! MAKING A DIFFERENCE AS A FAMILY
In 2000, Bobby and his wife and kids founded the Sager Family Traveling Foundation & Roadshow. Three dozen trips later, the Sagers have established their own special brand of hands-on, eyeball-to-eyeball philanthropy. For an overview of initiatives, see teamsager.org.

HELPING PEOPLE TO HELP THEMSELVES With Bobby, there’s no handouts, no charity. His philanthropy uses business principles and business accountability, whether it’s fostering entrepreneurship in Rwanda and Palestine, training teachers in Pakistan or a leadership program for Tibetan monks.

BUSINESS LEADERS AS CHANGE AGENTS
Bobby has been a pioneer in catalyzing Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) as a platform to make a difference. ln 2001, Bobby was a founding chairman of the YPO Peace Action Network, which convenes business leaders from different sides of conflicts. Peace Action Network has now grown into eight Social Enterprise Networks with 4000 presidents who are engaged ! in making a difference efforts all over the world. Bobby has served as moderator for both the lndia-Pakistan Action Forum and American Arab Action Forum. YPO recognized Bobby as the first ever recipient of their Global Humanitarian Award in 2002, and, for distinguished service, awarded him YPO’s most prestigious Hickok Award in 2012. Bobby is also the founding chairman of Presidents’ Action Net, an international network of business leaders that maximizes their philanthropic impact by sharing advice, contacts, best practices and resources. He has been a highly-rated resource at many YPO Global Leadership Conferences, Universities, and regional events around the world.

PHOTOGRAPHER
Bobby’s photographs have been featured in numerous publications and have been seen by over 4 million people at concerts and ! events around the world. Bobby uses his camera as a way to connect with people, and the results are often dramatic portraits that focus on people’s eyes. Bobby’s publisher Chronicle Books wrote: “ln war-torn countries around the world, philanthropist and photographer Bobby Sager has discovered the transcendent power of hope through the eyes of children. Despite unthinkable violence and destruction, his portraits reveal joy, innocence, and strength.”

AUTHOR
Bobby is the author of The Power of the lnvisible Sun (2009), a book about the power of hope, thankfulness, and Bobby’s ! approach to making a difference. His book was featured on NBC’s “The Today Show” and ABC World News, and UNlCEF selected Bobby’s book as one of its featured publications. Bobby is also the author of Beyond the Robe (powerHouse Books, 2013), which tells the story of his foundation’s Science for Monks program teaching Western science to Tibetan monks and nuns. Science for Monks represents the first time in the approximately 1,500-year history of Tibetan Buddhism that Western science is being taught in the monasteries. SPEAKER ln his speeches for business leaders, Bobby talks about how to apply the entrepreneurial skill set to maximize philanthropic return ! on investment. He also shares his family’s experiences doing hands-on philanthropy in order to stimulate thinking about what others can do with their passion, resources and skills. Bobby has given speeches at venues all around the world, including the General Assembly Hall of the UN and the Sydney Opera House. Countries include Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, China, lndia, lsrael, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Africa, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe. OTHER STUFF Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Brandeis University, and Master’s in Management from Yale University. Executive ! Festival’s Critics’ Week Prize. Bobby’s philanthropy was the inspiration for the NBC prime-time television drama “The Philanthropist” (2009). Honorary Consul General for the government of Rwanda. Honorary Consul General for the government of Nepal.

Elias Sosa

Elias Sosa

Elias Sosa has served as the Latin America Coordinator for Major League Baseball’s Envoy program since 2001, working closely with national baseball federations and serving as MLB’s ambassador to the region….he has been the lead instructor for the MLB-COPABE coaching clinics, held annually throughout South America since 2006….Elias played over 16 seasons of professional baseball….in 12 Major League seasons Elias pitched for the Giants, Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers, Athletics, Expos, Tigers, and the Padres…he has a lifetime ERA of 3.32 with 538 strikeouts in 918 innings…he earned a career high 18 saves in both 1973 with the Giants and 1979 with the Expos…he twice had an ERA below 2.00 for the season (1977 and 1979)…Elias pitched in 2 MLB post-seasons including the 1977 World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the New York Yankees…during his career Elias held Hall-of-Famers Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Lou Brock, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson, Willie McCovey, and Eddie Murray to a .114 collective batting average (8-for-70)…After his playing career Sosa coached professionally with the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals organizations. Elias is a native of La Vega, Dominican Republic and currently resides in Matthews, North Carolina in the United States with his wife, Robin.

Mark Everett

Mark Everett

World Champion
12 time SEC Champion; US Junior Champion/ Record-holder; World Junior Champion; 3 Time NCAA Champion /Record-holder; 12 Time Millrose Champion; Millrose Hall of Fame; 12 Time United States Champion; World Record-Holder/ 600 yards; 3 Time Olympian 1988/1992/2000; Ranked Top ten if the World from 1988-2000; Fastest 400/800 Combo Runner in History

Graduate of the University of Florida/ Sports Administration
President’s List; Dean’s List; University of Florida Hall of Fame

Currently a Motivational Speaker and  Speed Coach in Birmingham, Alabama.

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