Cambria High School & Middle School- Pennsylvania

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Cambria High School & Middle School- Pennsylvania

Tony Hoffman’s ability to connect with our high school and middle school students was breathtaking. I have been in education for 20 years and have never seen two large groups of students glued to a presenter the way our students were glued to him and his story. Tony makes a genuine, heart wrenching effort to save students from taking the same path that he had chosen. He tells his story in a very real and relatable way that even the adults in the room hung on to his every word. His message was one that resonated with all of our students regardless of their age, race, social and economic status. He did not talk at the students. There was a clear and high level of engagement between student and presentor. The presentation was meaningful and touched on many serious topics that we see in our schools today.

Tony painted a vivid picture to our students of a young, good looking, popular, athletic, smart kid who had it all at his fingertips at a very early age and through many factors, including faults of his own, found a way to step through the “DOOR” of addition, crime and substance abuse. I emphasize the word, “DOOR”, because his storyline is strongly based on the decision to take that life changing disastrous step through a door that becomes a vacuum that doesn’t want to let you step back through to a good place. His message completely spells out how a person can transform from being in a very good place in their life, to a very bad place, once you decide to step through that “DOOR”. The overall storyline includes factors that could make it more difficult for a student to make a good decision such as anxiety and a genetic addictive component. Tony is in it for the kids. My conversation with Tony, post program, was one that was equally as impressive. I had a student approach me that was so taken back by Tony’s presentation that he ask if he could speak with Tony, one on one, after the program’s completion. I was aware of Tony’s busy schedule for this day but ask Tony if he could spend a few minutes with this student. Tony was more than happy to make himself available. That same student stated to me that the half hour he spent with Tony may have changed/saved his life. Tony’s heart is in the right place. If you are researching motivational speaker on this topic, look no more. I highly recommend Tony Hoffman to speak at your school.
— Andy Paronish Assistant High School Principal School District Safety & Security Coordinator Safe Schools/Workplace Safety/A.L.i.C.E. Trainer Central Cambria School District

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!


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Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc- Pennsylvania

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Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc- Pennsylvania

“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.

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Mount Saint Mary's College- New York

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Mount Saint Mary's College- New York

“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

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Liberal High School- Liberal Kansas

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Liberal High School- Liberal Kansas

“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

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Sierra Sands Unified School District- Ridgecrest California

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Sierra Sands Unified School District- Ridgecrest California

Tony's "The Choice" was provided to our secondary students in light of our community and students being impacted by the national mental health and addiction crisis.  Tony's story in itself was powerful; but what had the greatest impact was his raw and poignant authenticity that cut through economic or social status.  His story truly reached the students.  After each presentation, Tony made himself available for individual conversations and genuine human kindness.  It is clear that this is his calling and that his story and wisdom will prevent so many others from making a choice that will adversely alter the course of their lives forever.  I have not seen anyone better do this kind of transformational work that is desperately needed in all communities.

-Michelle Savko - Sierra Sands Unified School District - Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction

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Avenal High School- Avenal California

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Avenal High School- Avenal California

To say that his is extraordinary would be an understatement
— Vice Principal- Avenal High School

Avenal to me is considered a local community since it's only an hour and 20 minutes away. But my biggest attachment to the city of Avenal is that I paroled from Avenal state prison on December 13th 2008. Avenal is largely a farm community but a lot of people also work at the prison. And the reason I came out to Avenal High School to speak is actually a very cool and heartwarming story.


Many years ago when I was in the beginning of my speaking career, about 2011, I gave a presentation in a city called Hanford. It was to a small youth conference being held there and one of the staff that attended heard me speak and she told herself that if she ever got an opportunity to bring me to her communities that she would make it happen. Well 7 years later, she made it happen and what a beautiful soul she.


My first speech was to be given to all of the high school students, who are largely a Hispanic community. As usual the students were extremely respectful and very attentive during my speech, we spent a lot of time afterwards taking pictures and talking which is always an indication of how relatable I was to the kids.


My second speech was to a group of community leaders where my main focus was talking about my non-profit organization the Freewheel project and why I believe we were unique and making many strides towards changing lives. I talked about my theories of empowerment versus educating in the dangers of harmful substances we want to keep youth away from. I believe that we should be empowering students through gifts and activities and teaching them life skills and those moments where the kids are enjoying themselves and threw them they would make the right choices and stay away from those harmful substances we want them to avoid. I believe this was well-received and I was grateful for an opportunity to be able to give them a speech in which I don't get to give often but wish I did.


Thank you so much to everyone involved and bringing me to Avenal to speak to the students and Community leaders there was an honor and my pleasure


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