On Wednesday, April 13 area native Yogi Roth, now a nationally-known professional athlete, coach, entertainer and author, will speak at Penn State Worthington Scranton as part of a fundraiser to help Anti-Bullying and Teen Suicide Prevention.
Mr. Roth, who was well known in northeastern Pennsylvania as a high school football standout at Lackawanna Trail High School, is now a successful athlete, coach, entertainer, and author, as well as a nationally-known motivational speaker and television personality.
He has written two books -- his own, From PA to LA, and was co-author of the New York Times Best Seller, Win Forever, with former USC head coach and current Seattle Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll.
In October, 2010, Mr. Roth booked the role of NFL host on the Onion Sports Network. The new show aired in February on Comedy Central. He is also the executive producer on an ESPN documentary titled '2 For the Show' and is co-founder of Win Forever, LLC, which focuses on athletic camps, coaching workshops, corporate coaching, entertainment and philanthropy.
In his public speaking engagements, Mr. Roth speaks about following your heart, developing a philosophy, and relentlessly chasing your dreams, and he offers a great message to people of all ages.
"To be able to speak to people of all ages about setting a vision and relentlessly competing to achieve it is something I take great pride in, but to be able to do it in the area that shaped every core value I have is a unique honor," Mr. Roth said.
"In addition, and more importantly, this event has a much larger purpose, as the revenue generated will go towards curbing bullying and teen suicide, a growing concern in our nation and others and an issue I am dedicated to stopping."
Students, teachers, friends, coaches, parents, professionals, and more are encouraged to attend as Yogi has developed into a nationally-known motivational speaker and television personality.
The event is being spearheaded by Penn State Worthington Scranton's Psychology Club, which felt the need to do something to try to help local schools and young people deal with the problems of bullying and teen suicide, which have, unfortunately, become more prevalent on a local, as well as a national level, said club president Simon Goldstein.
All proceeds raised from this event will be donated to local anti-bullying campaigns and teen suicide prevention programs, as they have become a major issue around the country.
"The support of the northeastern Pennsylvania community, Simon Goldstein, my family and countless others has been off the charts since I was in the fifth grade and I want to say thank you to everyone involved for making this night be one that will hopefully inspire others," Mr. Roth added.
The event will be Wednesday, April 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Worthington Scranton's Multi-Purpose Building. Ticket prices are $10 for local students, from middle school to college-aged, and $15 for adults. Free admission for Penn State Worthington Scranton students.
Yogi will be staying after his speech to sign copies of his book as well. Books are currently available at Worthington Scranton's campus bookstore and will also be available for purchase at the event.
For more information on Mr. Roth, check out www.yogiroth.com