Some might have called this a media-fest, but what I experienced left me in awe, and thinking, What an incredible convention! The event? NFLPA Former Players Convention 2017. Imagine the collective of former players, who believe, “We are “One Team”, built around a fraternity of former NFL Players who are aligned, connected and engaged, working together in life beyond football” who met March 17-21 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. And guess who was there with amazing sports figures who took time out to reunite and network with teammates, hear from exciting guest speakers, participate in sports skills competitions for prizes, there was a never-ending feast. Between you and me, I was in good company with my appetite. Haha! And we all enjoyed myriad social events? All of this fun and developing powerful partnerships – life can’t get much better than this.
I was privileged to be in attendance when the 2017 Convention Speaker John Amos gave an awesome and funny keynote address to the attendees! He spoke about the poem he wrote called “The Turk” which was penned upon his being cut from the Kansas City Chiefs.
The organization, based in the District of Columbia, develops and communicates the valuable programs and resources available to over 18,000 former NFL players.
As I continue to focus on bringing others to being Irresistible Invincible and Iconic, I was blessed with the distinct honor to be among people who were outstanding in their field, yet remain the “salt of the earth” kind of individuals who continue to positively impact the world.
Imagine my delight… visiting with Wade Manning, President of the Denver NFL chapter and on our golf foursome team… or having “photo moments” with speaker, Anthony Brinkley!
Another great connection was a former player and now TV sports commentator and analyst, John Booty.
It was difficult to not feel “dwarfed” by these NFL Greats… not so much by their size, but by the size of their hearts – such as Big Al Chelsey who gives so much to the world as a speaker and advocate for preventing sexual abuse against
Oh! And how about legendary Isiah Robertson, Hall of Famer with six pro bowl appearances, Nfl defensive rookie of the year in 1971, and founder of The House of Isaiah, a long-term drug and alcohol recovery program for boys and men?
In 2007, Jimmy Walker founded a program for the homeless at St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix called Never Give Up. The outreach is held every Monday morning and attracts approximately 500-600 homeless men and women. Being a philanthropist and being part of making a significant difference in a community is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my life. I am proud to participate in this program.
You see, in my three-plus decades of helping people become the best version of themselves, I have often seen how volunteerism and doing for others provides positive value to the volunteer. Being of service to others impacts self-esteem, enhances skills and capabilities, expands career paths, and provides healthy physical and mental outlet. Having an opportunity to see others in need also establishes a greater depth of gratitude.
My heart was filled when my friend sang boldly and beautifully before my presentation.
The purpose of the meetings is to provide weekly encouragement to numerous homeless people in attendance. Some of the speakers at the meetings have included Muhammad and Lonnie Ali, Governor Jan Brewer, Dwayne Wade, Danica Patrick, Jerry Colangelo, Doc Rivers, Norm McClelland, Lute Olson, Reggie Jackson, Dr. Robert Spetzer, Harvey Mackay, Meadowlark Lemon, Foster Friess, Phil Francis, John Graham, Mike Manning, Bryce Molder, Ed Robson, Dr. Jeff Trent, Jim Riggs, Melani Walton, Al Molina, Larry Fitzgerald, Tom Shrader, Leo Beus, Shane Doan, Anquan Boldin, Alvin Gentry, Linda Hunt, Ken Whisenhunt, Eric Crown, Roy Vallee, Pat McMahon, Brenda Warner, Steve Wheeler, Herb Sendek, Sharon Lechter, Tara Hitchcock, Jerry Hirsch, Don Henninger, John Bebbling, Tom Van Arsdale, Ken Lamneck, Mike Gallagher, Ralph Sampson, etc.
Each guest speaker shares personal experiences about hard times they’ve gone through, struggles they’ve had, times when things did not work out right, and how they Never Gave Up.
Keynote speakers include:
- Allison Larsen– international speaker and host of the TV show “Spotlight”,
- Mamiko Odegard– Ph. D.- the leading authority on love, relationships, and high performance
- Tim Ralston– star of Nat Geo’s #1 TV show Doomsday Preppers,
- Joel Skousen– nephew of Cleon Skousen and publisher of the World Affairs Brief,
- Roger K. Young– best selling LDS author and expert on last days,
- Presentation topics include:
- A World Affairs Briefing—what are the real future threats? (Joel Skousen)
- Conscious Eating: Fermentation Exploration – Heat Storage and How to Survive in the Cold!
- Beyond Survival: Thriving with Mental, Emotional, and Physical Wellness Strategies (Allison Larsen and Dr. Mamiko Odegard)
- The Best Off-Grid Cooking Methods
- The Future of America (Roger K. Young)
- Everything You Need to Know About Solar Energy
- Securing Your Home (Joel Skousen)
- Benefits of Investing in Precious Metals
- The Basics of Emergency Survival and Preparedness (Roger K. Young)
Some of the top Chinese university coaches in basketball, swimming, and track – and their five interpreters came to our home yesterday for a BBQ feast! After our meal, they set up the first Christmas trees they have ever seen and decorated them… working efficiently and quickly as a team. They beamed with joy and pride to help me and to celebrate and early Christmas!
In Series 2 of 2 on Self-Sabotage, she will discuss Sabotaging Your Brilliance and Worth – regarding Relationships and Performance
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Dr. Mamiko Odegard, known as the love, relationship and performance expert, has helped thousands of individuals and couples become happy, loving, and enjoying success with her over 30 years experience as a coach, psychologist, therapist, and seminar leader.
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