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Bio


About Tony

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About Tony

From Prison To Rio Olympics

World Ranked

After paroling prison on December 13, 2008, Tony Hoffman started living out his dream, with his addiction behind him. Tony is a Former BMX Elite Pro and placed 2nd at the 2016 World Championships in Medellin Colombia in the Masters Pro class. He is a 2016 Rio Olympic Games Coach, with Women’s BMX PRO, Brooke Crain, in his lineup. His story is full of redemption as he has seen some of the highest highs, and the lowest lows. Tony is the Founder and Director of The Freewheel Project, a non-profit organization that mentors thousands of youth through action sports: BMX, skateboarding and after-school programs. The Freewheel Project focuses on teaching kids leadership skills, and making healthy life choices, including substance abuse prevention, each year. In 2016 he also began writing his first book, titled, “Coming Clean.”

The Early Years

Tony has been sober since May 17th, 2007. His BMX career started in high school, as he was a top-ranked BMX amateur with multiple endorsements. As a native of Clovis, Ca, where he attended Clovis High School, Tony started drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, and using prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin by his senior year. His life took a turn for the worse as he became addicted at such a young age, losing everything.

In 2004 Tony committed a home invasion armed robbery, and was ultimately sent to prison for two years in 2007. Tony had violated his probation and knows the depths of addiction, and understands the despair addicts go through as even a ten-year prison sentence threat, could not stop him from using during his probation. Tony began rebuilding his life’s purpose while he spent two years in prison. As soon as he was released, he used the positive and negatives of his life to get to where he is, today.

Today

Tony is a changed man, and inspires so many to live their life with purpose. Tony has dedicated his life, to bringing awareness around the country, describing how dangerous prescription pill and heroin abuse are, as well as advocating a shift in thinking towards current addiction-recovery processes.

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Motivational Speaking


The Motivational Speaker

In my days I’ve heard a few different motivational speakers. Some pastors, some regular folks with a

passion to motivate others and some that are over-comers. While they all had a message that resonated 

with me long after their speech, I absolutely recall one speaker during my time in prison that had an 

exceptional ability to inspire me in my change and current way of living. 

Bobby Mecado, from Los Angeles California, came to speak at Tehachapi State Prison during my first year 

into my prison sentence.  I was new to my spiritual walk and I was especially new at trying to change my 

ways to have a better future when I paroled from prison. He was a short Hispanic man and his wife Patsy 

came along with him, who also shared her story. Before he began his message, he talked a bit about 

himself and his life as a criminal and the many times that he had went in and out of prison. He 

established common ground with his audience, a group of convicts- some young, some old. It wasn’t just 

his personal life story that was motivational though. He chose a very interesting biblical story to drive 

home a point that has to date made him one of my favorite motivational speakers. 

There is a story in the bible about a man named Jephthah. He had been born out of wedlock and was 

cast away from the family by his half-brothers. When he left the family he traveled to a city far from his 

native homeland. There he surrounded himself by “worthless” men and squandered his life to 

carousing. The clever about Bobby's motivational speech, was how it was used to show us what we would have been doing if we were Jephthah. He said that Jephthah had left because of his 

unfavorable circumstances in life, as well as his family disowning him, to go to a different part of the city and 

hangout with a bunch of thugs, using drugs and living a life of crime. Bobby said, he was destined to be 

no one and his hopes were crushed, until that one day. His homeland would be in need of a commander to 

fight a war and they sent for Jephthah. He came back and lead his city in the war and they conquered 

their opponents and he became the king of their city 

Bobby then explained that some of us have been beaten down by life’s circumstances, family’s given up 

on us and we have lost all hope for ourselves. He explained that we’ve surrounded ourselves around 

worthless friends that were robbing more from us and getting us nowhere in life. The silver lining was 

that we too could come back and be conquerors as Jephthah did. For the first time listening to a 

motivational speaker I felt like he was talking directly to me. I felt the urge to continue pushing forward 

in my journey and to fight for my life to turn over a new leaf.  It was a speech I would never forget and a 

speech that felt so real and passion filled. It was one of the speeches that gave me my first spark toward 

becoming a motivational speaker myself, and from that point forward I pushed to where I am today. 

Thanks Bobby Mecado, you helped change my life with your powerful and motivating message.

Motivational Speaking


The Motivational Speaker

In my days I’ve heard a few different motivational speakers. Some pastors, some regular folks with a

passion to motivate others and some that are over-comers. While they all had a message that resonated 

with me long after their speech, I absolutely recall one speaker during my time in prison that had an 

exceptional ability to inspire me in my change and current way of living. 

Bobby Mecado, from Los Angeles California, came to speak at Tehachapi State Prison during my first year 

into my prison sentence.  I was new to my spiritual walk and I was especially new at trying to change my 

ways to have a better future when I paroled from prison. He was a short Hispanic man and his wife Patsy 

came along with him, who also shared her story. Before he began his message, he talked a bit about 

himself and his life as a criminal and the many times that he had went in and out of prison. He 

established common ground with his audience, a group of convicts- some young, some old. It wasn’t just 

his personal life story that was motivational though. He chose a very interesting biblical story to drive 

home a point that has to date made him one of my favorite motivational speakers. 

There is a story in the bible about a man named Jephthah. He had been born out of wedlock and was 

cast away from the family by his half-brothers. When he left the family he traveled to a city far from his 

native homeland. There he surrounded himself by “worthless” men and squandered his life to 

carousing. The clever about Bobby's motivational speech, was how it was used to show us what we would have been doing if we were Jephthah. He said that Jephthah had left because of his 

unfavorable circumstances in life, as well as his family disowning him, to go to a different part of the city and 

hangout with a bunch of thugs, using drugs and living a life of crime. Bobby said, he was destined to be 

no one and his hopes were crushed, until that one day. His homeland would be in need of a commander to 

fight a war and they sent for Jephthah. He came back and lead his city in the war and they conquered 

their opponents and he became the king of their city 

Bobby then explained that some of us have been beaten down by life’s circumstances, family’s given up 

on us and we have lost all hope for ourselves. He explained that we’ve surrounded ourselves around 

worthless friends that were robbing more from us and getting us nowhere in life. The silver lining was 

that we too could come back and be conquerors as Jephthah did. For the first time listening to a 

motivational speaker I felt like he was talking directly to me. I felt the urge to continue pushing forward 

in my journey and to fight for my life to turn over a new leaf.  It was a speech I would never forget and a 

speech that felt so real and passion filled. It was one of the speeches that gave me my first spark toward 

becoming a motivational speaker myself, and from that point forward I pushed to where I am today. 

Thanks Bobby Mecado, you helped change my life with your powerful and motivating message.

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