I recently spoke with NPR radio covering small details about my life story, ahead of an event this weekend in New York. I am excited to be boarding a plane shortly to make way to this community event. I’ll be talking about my life story, addiction, recovery and what it’s taken for me to not only get sober but build a life around my dreams.
It seems like it’s been an eternity since i’ve blogged last. I was in the process of a few big life changes, a huge spring speaking tour and just needing some much needed downtime, that something had to give. I’ve gotten some rest and adjusted some things in my personal life and now i’m back! I kicked off my fall speaking tour this last week in sunny South Carolina to work with an amazing group of people at the Coalition For Healthy Youth.
The stars aligned on this Pennsylvania substance abuse speaking tour I just finished up. A staff member apart of Cambria Schools contacted me after I had set up the event for Glenn O. Hawbaker and it turned out these 3 campuses were just a short drive from each other. So naturally we worked hard to link them together and in a pretty fast and orderly fashion. I appreciate everyone’s level of intent when it came to putting this together. Sometimes schools can be extremely fussy about pulling kids out of the class to put them in front of speakers or other presentations. That was not the case for Cambria High School and Middle School.
I was set to give my speech that I really try to convey is not a “Drug Talk”, it’s so much more than that and because it’s from the heart that is why kids are connecting with me during the speech and long after in my social media inbox.
Both presentations were incredible in my opinion. The students were so awesome, I really appreciated their level of respect and engagement in my Q & A session afterwards. I stuck around for as long as I could before I had to leave to get to my flight before I missed it. One cool thing that stuck out were all the students who cheered for me as I was walking out of the school. That felt really really cool! Cambria School District, thanks so much for working hard to make this happen on short notice, you guys rock!
“Tony’s program was riveting. He was able to take us on an emotional rollercoaster, all the while driving home the point that each one of us has our own unique story that has molded and shaped us into the person that we are today.
The following message continues to resonate through our souls nearly twenty four hours after the program, rather than placing judgement on people who are truly unable to modify their destructive actions, we should instead, invest the time to determine what has caused these actions to surface in their life.”
— Josh Hull- Business Development Coordinator- Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc.
“We were fortunate enough to have Tony come speak to our student body at Mount Saint Mary College. Tony’s message was delivered in a powerful way and he had the attention of the room the entire night. He speaks with such passion and energy that has the ability to engulf you. His message goes way beyond being involved in sports but focuses on making better and healthier decisions. When Tony tells his story, he does it in a way that creates strong imagery that you feel like you are actually in the story. I feel like Tony is very relatable to the college aged student and that his messages are well perceived. I received nothing but positive feedback even days after his speaking event. The kids raved about his ability to have a lasting impact on their decision making processes going forward. I would highly recommend Tony to any and all schools because he is an outstanding speaker and did a phenomenal job. He is very approachable and genuinely cares about helping other human beings. If you haven’t done so yet, book Tony Hoffman for your school! He is a game changer!”
Trevor Purcell- Assistant Director of Athletics, Mount Saint Mary College
“Our school was honored to host Tony Hoffman on our campus to share his story with our students, staff, parents, and community members. In recognition of a drug issue at our school and in our community, student leaders came to me to request a speaker who might inspire our student body. After a great deal of research of guest speakers, our students chose Tony because of the message that he delivers as well as his ability to relate to students.
Tony delivered far above and beyond our expectations. He completely captivated the attention of our 1,400 students and staff for an hour and a half, which is absolutely unprecedented. During the question and answer part of his talk, we were able to clearly hear questions that came from the top row of our balcony, as students were that attentive to what he had to say. Afterward, Tony spent the remainder of the day in our building talking with students and visiting classrooms. Moreover, he has continued to respond to our students via social media. His impact is lasting long past his time with us.
Tony demonstrates a genuine care for students and for his mission to help others. Not only do I confidently recommend Tony Hoffman to any school or organization, but also I look forward to welcoming him back to our school in the future. His is an exceptional speaker and an inspirational human being. ”
Ashley Kappelmann- Principal, Liberal High School Liberal, KS