There are days and moments that I will always remember in my years so far as an educator, and today’s guest speaker Tony Hoffman at Oak Harbor High School was one of them. His message of hope and perseverance really touched a nerve with our students. I think he reached hearts, minds and some souls today. To quote one of our students: What an experience”
It is my distinct honor to share my experience with Tony Hoffman and his visit to Ottawa County. Tony came to share his story with our high school students. But it isn’t just his story that touched our kids. It is the connection he makes with them on every level. His message is powerful, there is no doubt about that, but it’s also how he relates to kids and how much he cares deeply about them. It’s the caring that shines through as he answers questions and speaks individually with them in the lobby after his talk. It’s his interaction with them on social media. It’s the individual attention he pays to them when they private message him about the question they just couldn’t ask in front of their peers. It is rare to see someone give so much of themselves. It is a gift that Tony Hoffman is sharing to help others. Thank you, Tony. You are making a difference in the lives of those fortunate enough to hear your message.
Out of all the speakers we’ve had come to Port Clinton High School, Tony’s was by far the best
Tony’s speech was something i’ll never forget! I’ve heard many don’t do drug speeches as a student but i’ve never got to hear a real life story of someone who went through it. If only everyone got a chance to hear what Oak Harbor students got to hear. The passion and drive that was put into the words Tony said definitely did not go unnoticed. Thanks for such a powerful and moving message.
We’ve never had a speaker receive a standing ovation at our Night of Hope event until Tony
Tony Hoffman was a dynamic speaker on many levels he had a way of engaging the crowd. He shared his personal recovery journey which provided hope and empowerment. The planning committee of Michigan Celebrate Recovery was extremely pleased with Tony Hoffman as a speaker and will recommend him.
Tony’s presentation was an awesome start to our school year and much needed for our Greek community. His story of redemption despite incredible odds captivated the entire auditorium. We would love to work with him again in the future
Students were intently engaged in Tony’s personal and compelling account of his young and gifted life that led from his dreams for success, an attitude of entitlement and mindset for short-cuts, to choices with tragic implications. Ultimately, Tony’s message is one of hope with a challenge to others. His powerful story-telling ability and incredible authenticity in sharing his experience and insight left an auditorium full of high school students, who were silent throughout his presentation, cheering for more when it was over. Tony is, hands down, the best speaker that OCADA Coalition has sponsored and we will absolutely invite him back.
Tony spoke to students in a way that made a real connection. He spoke about marijuana as a gateway drug in a way that made sense and that (students) didn’t dismiss
Tony Hoffman’s presentation actually transformed an auditorium full of students into a group of active listeners engaged in a “conversation”. Hoffman weaves his life experience into a presentation that emits a powerful relatable message in which students hear about the dangers of marijuana, pills, other substances and the impact of attitudes, behaviors and split second decisions on long-term goals. It is easy to incorporate Tony’s presentation into my continuous work of substance prevention, wellness and healthy lifestyle choices. His presentation would enhance the work of any school tied to the safety and wellbeing of their students.
We needed a speaker for our annual Wyoming Methamphetamine and Substance Abuse Conference that is held in Casper, Wyoming every April. I came across Tony Hoffman’s story of addiction and recovery. Our committee decided that Tony would be a perfect fit to open our conference.Tony is an outstanding, engaging and dynamic speaker, who keeps audiences enthralled with his testimony. I had the honor of listening to Tony speak at the conference and later at Roosevelt High School. Tony was able to connect with the students to the extent that they stayed after school to continue speaking with him. I would highly recommend Tony as a speaker at any conference or school that is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic speaker to share his story of addiction and recovery. Thanks for visiting Wyoming and sharing your testimony with us! I am glad I had the opportunity to meet Tony and spend some time getting to know him.
When I booked Tony to speak to our local school system, I really had no idea what to expect. We previously brought in local speakers on the topic of addiction, and even like peer individuals, but Tony’s connection with the students was amazing. He kept the students’ attention the entire hour. I attended all three presentations and I was still on the edge of my seat each time. Tony’s message wasn’t only about addiction but started with bad decision making as a young child. Since his visit, I have been bombarded with positive feedback from students and staff. Numerous parents have responded about discussions the kids came home and shared with them. Tony took time after each presentation to visit with students who wanted a one-on-one and responded to each and every Instagram as he promised he would do. It was an amazing experience to bring Tony to our community. Please feel free to contact me for any additional information.
I heard Tony Hoffman’s presentation at the Neligh Public School on March 20, 2017. I felt that his presentation was very open and honest and hit some points that I have not heard from other speakers. His candidness about his descent into drugs, first with alcohol, then marijuana, and then onto other drugs was something that I think youth need to hear. When he spoke about living on the street or on someone’s couch gave a clear picture of how alcohol or drugs can affect our lives. His openness about stealing drugs from his friend’s mother and his subsequent incarceration was very impactful to me. I also liked that he did talk about the treatment side of his recovery and didn’t give the youth the impression that you can just stop using any time that you want to. Overall, I believe that Tony was one of the best speakers that I have heard in the school system.
I was very pleased with the presentation, as Tony is young and was highly relatable to the students. I expected a run of the mill question and answer session, but it was much better than that. To me, it was money well spent and I know it has created some good conversations among our kids. I think it got them to see where they themselves are with their decision making, as well as what they are seeing amongst their peers.
We are exceedingly pleased with Mr. Hoffman’s presentation. Tony captivated the students’ attention with his transparent and authentic story. This was evident in their substantive, on topic questions and their desire to converse with him afterward. The candid message hit on a multitude of topics including substance abuse, treatment, consequences, goals, work ethic, attitude, and the list goes on. Tony’s message instills hope, motivates, and inspires all to be the best version of themselves. We hope to have him back!
Tony’s story is moving and powerful. Never have I seen our students so engaged. All high school students need to hear his story.
The feedback regarding Tony was so incredibly positive. The students *loved* him and said he was the best speaker who put all the other public speakers to shame!
He was INCREDIBLE!! LOVED HIM. Everyone is still talking about his speech. I had no doubt with him. I would recommend him to EVERYONE because in this day and age, we all need to hear this. Cold hard truth! Thank you again, we are extremely satisfied with Tony!
I highly recommend Tony for any athletic department that is seeking to motivate and inspire their student-athletes. Not only does Tony bring an incredible message of the dangers of substance abuse he also delivers and inspirational message of hard work and not cheating your opportunities. Tony can connect with any audience. The feedback we have received from community members, community leaders, high school students and our college athletes has been tremendous. You will not be disappointed with Tony’s message!
Our Middle School students were spellbound by Tony’s presentation — glued to his every word. One kid told me that Tony was different from most speakers in his genuine honesty about himself and his journey. Tony’s message was about so much more than the dangers of drugs and alcohol. It was about the profound impact of every choice we make. It was about the hard work required to overcome character flaws and life-changing mistakes. Most of all, though, it was about hope and redemption. A great speaker with a powerful message!
Tony Hoffman came to ECU last week and was absolutely incredible. As a student-athlete, we’ve had numerous speakers during my career and I can honestly say this was the best one yet. He was extremely relatable, real, and passionate about the topics he spoke about. I don’t think I’ve ever seen all the student-athletes in one place so attentive, quiet, and most important, not on their phones.
I can best describe Tony’s effect on our high school students, by sharing some of the things they wrote about him on their evaluation forms. ‘I like how he talked and didn’t use statistics, he spoke from his life.’ ‘Sometimes the tough road is the best.’ ‘I liked his story, it was really eye-opening.’ ‘I learned that once you walk through the door that leads to drugs, it’s hard to go back through.’ Tony didn’t glamorize his bad choices in life at all. Nor did he say his life is easy now. He simply talked about himself, and how his attitude and choices led him into making decisions that had lifelong negative consequences. The students were completely engaged in his message, and talked long after he left about the positive influence he left with them.
We brought Tony in to not only address our students, but also the community at large. When Tony spoke we could hear a pin drop in a gymnasium with approximately 1300 students. He delivered a powerful message (without preaching) that resonated with my student body. To quote a student, “He is the best speaker we have ever had” and I wholeheartedly back up that statement. It was a pleasure to have Tony in my school and community and I would not hesitate to bring him in again.
Mr. Hoffman connected to our teenage student body with both his story and delivery. He extended the lessons of his own life experiences into a message that was relevant to everyone. I highly recommend Tony as a thought provoking and influential speaker for the teenagers of this generation.
Thank you Tony in helping spread our Rotary Clubs mission to promote Healthy choicesOur Red Ribbon committee was extremely pleased with your results and enjoyed your company for the day. You are truly inspirational and passionate about life’s choices.Many of the 3000 students you spoke with continue to talk about your story and how it may have changed their direction in life.Give them a purpose and they will succeed!!
Tony Hoffman’s story of how he lost his way with drugs and then found his way back from the brink to a life of service really connected with our students. Tony’s story is raw and honest, and he is a sensational public speaker. At Gaston Day, our hope is that Tony’s story is a powerful reminder of the dangers of drug and alcohol use. We are so glad that he was here.
When he began his dialogue with our student-athletes, I immediately knew it was going to be different than the typical “Don’t do drugs, kids” speech. He was a phenomenal athlete whose life was turned upside down by one choice, and that was the foundation of his speech. His start to life and athletics related to so many of the student-athletes sitting in front of him that I believe his message, that one small poor choice can quickly spiral out of control, was very well-received and taken to heart by the whole crowd. I was impressed with Tony’s ability to connect with our student-athletes, and I think it spoke volumes that many of them stayed after the session had ended to shake his hand and thank him for coming and sharing his life story.
Tony Hoffman delivers with passion and persistence. His story tugs at the heart, while empowering community to grasp transformation for the betterment of self and others. Tony’s sensitivity and understanding of people of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds can be attributed to his own exposure with hurt and hardship. That is why his journey is so powerful, and should be shared with many.
He told a great story about the effects of even the simplest of choices in life. He made me truly realize how lucky I am to be a student-athlete at ECU. I walked away truly grateful for what I have been blessed with, but conscious that it could vanish in an instant.
Tony’s story of his journey from the pits of addiction which lead to him being on the streets on the brink of death to his recovery journey where he now helps young people through his Freewheel Project is one of the most awe-inspiring stories I have had the honor of hearing. He offered hope to those who are feeling hopeless and encouragement to those who love persons who suffer from addiction. One of the most important things he offered is that persons who are suffering from addiction need to know they are loved and valued and that someone believes they can recover.
Mr. Hoffman’s personal message of recovery and redemption is a powerful reminder of the personal strength that it takes to battle addiction and the important role of community in supporting the recovery process. His presentation is something that everyone can benefit from hearing and his engaging speaking style invites participation from the audience. Mr. Hoffman humanizes and destigmatizes the addiction epidemic faced throughout our country and leaves everyone with knowledge on how to help.
A powerful message delivered in the language of the heart, which reaches youth, teens, and adults alike
It was at that moment that I sat back and listened, my choices became the most important thing in my life
All the feedback we have received from the coaches, athletes, and administrators who were there, say it was outstanding. Probably the best one I’ve been to personally. He really connected with the kids and they paid attention to him the whole time, which is no easy feat. There were numerous athletes who contacted a coordinator after the presentation asking about Tony’s social media sites and contact information. We will definitely recommend him to other schools.
Tony Hoffman is the most remarkable story teller I’ve ever heard
It’s a story that confronts students with the same struggles they deal with everyday and the ending message gives them hope.
The most powerful part of this presentation was that wasn’t a lecture, it was a life story
I don’t think I have ever seen the kids so captivated by a speaker!
Sault Area High School students were impressed with Tony Hoffman’s ability to relay his message. Tony was able to speak to students at their level, and bring his story to life. Tony told the students “my life is an open book” and allowed students to ask him extremely difficult and personal questions. His positive impact on students was felt by all who attended. In my opinion, Families Against Narcotics of Chippewa County are doing great things to make a positive impact on the youth of our community.
Tony was the keynote speaker for our community summit on addiction in May of 2014. Our audience consisted of a very wide variety of people from MD’s to middle school kids and the feedback we received was AMAZING! His keynote address was personal, informative and inspiring to all those who attended. Tony is very genuine and connects with both parents and kids alike. His story is real and the young teens related to his words about making good choices. In addition, his message provided addicts and their loved ones in attendance with hope for their own recovery. I encourage anyone committed to addiction awareness programs in their community to invite Tony to speak at their events.
I can’t imagine that anyone would have been better. Very happy with his presentation.
In August of 2014, Tony Hoffman gave his testimony to a large group of students from the Brownwood area. This was the 3rd year for our event and Tony was by far the best speaker we have had. Tony was engaging, interesting, and motivating. I watched the students as he talked and all of them seemed to be hanging on every word. His story was real and his personality enabled him to make a true connection with the students. I can honestly say that Tony’s testimony changed lives that day. After that, Tony went to another location and spoke with a group of boys in a juvenile detention facility. This was a tough group of kids who had seen their share of trouble. Even though the audience was quite different, Tony found a way to engage and motivate these young men. I spent the better part of 2 days with Tony and I can vouch for his character and the devotion he has to his calling. I am proud to call him my friend. I give him the highest of recommendations.
We had an great experience with Tony! He was excellent in sharing his story and being candid and friendly with the students. He was an absolute joy to get to know and we thoroughly enjoyed having him. Also, working with APB was very nice. Things went way smoother for us this year all around with this presentation. Thanks again!
Tony Hoffman has come to our campus twice now and I can wholeheartedly say that he is one of the most influential speakers we have ever had. Tony is a unique speaker—he is not the type of person that the students look at and immediately think is going to lecture them about not using drugs, and the best part is that they are correct. His impact comes from telling his story and the crutch of his argument is about the choices you make in life.
Tony’s engaging presentation truly impacted the middle and high school students’ perception about drug use and abuse. He grabbed and held on to their attention as he educated more than 2,000 students about the stark reality of how addiction completely took over and almost destroyed his life.
Mr. Hoffman’s style of delivery works very well with students. He adjusted his message to match the unique demographics of our school. Students were very impacted by his message, as evidenced by the large number that stayed after school to speak with him personally. Many of the students shared their own stories with him and related their hopes for the future to his message of redemption and self-improvement. Mr. Hoffman willingly stayed at the school for nearly 45 extra minutes to talk with students individually, as well as sign autographs and take pictures. I would strongly recommend Mr. Hoffman to work with youth at any school regardless of size, demographics, or age. His ability to engage students in his message is certain to impact everyone that listens.
Thanks for your willingness to tailor your talk to our needs—you did a great job of blending your life story with the need for our students to engage powerful choice-making. Your continued referral back to the impact of your poor choices resonated with our students and they thought you were great! Your heartfelt and very honest conversation with the kids drew them in; selflessly, you gave a picture of “Tony Hoffman” and allowed them to judge for themselves. This courageous act underscored the importance of your message. You were willing to risk disfavor for a life-changing message. I look forward to our next meeting.
Tony is Awesome—he was a pleasure to work with and his message was impactful.
His presentation was both inspirational and entertaining, and far surpassed our expectations.
Tony spoke to over 1,680 students and staff members at our kick-off assembly for Red Ribbon Week at Selma High School. Tony spoke about his personal highs and lows in life as it related to his professional BMX cycling career. His message was clear and concise for students so that all in attendance truly knew the impact that substance abuse had on his personal life and professional career. Tony was able to connect to students throughout the forty-five minute assemblies as he chronicled his fall into homelessness and poverty followed by a self-commitment to fully use the talents he had been given to be a world-class BMX rider.
He shares his experiences and process of recovery with his charismatic style and his willingness to honestly share about his experiences was very popular with all of our agency’s clients, professionals & counselors alike. His life is as much about the resilience of the human spirit as it is about second chances