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Born Ready Project Testimonials
"I wholeheartedly endorse the Born Ready Project, Despite our time constraints, Dave was able to present our group a truncated yet extremely powerful portion of the motivational message. We had two team coaches ask if we could have him back to do a longer presentation to their individual teams! We look forwarded to quickly having him back in the Alexandria community."
- William Campbell, Alexandria (VA) School Board Member on speech at T.C. Williams H.S. fall sports banquet.
"Dave came out to present to our Seasonal Leadership team at Six Flags, people who are in the perfect season of their life to hear this message, and it clearly resonated and helped to further develop this group. People still talk about the presentation and the Born Ready Project and the (Len Bias) book often today, and it was nearly two years ago that Dave delivered the message. Thank you, Dave! Godspeed.
- Nathan Gross, Director, Six Flags America
“I would recommend Dave for any school or athletic program. His message of both the affects of positive and negative decision-making is a powerful one and rang out clear and loud for our students. In addition, he spoke to our athletic leadership group, about being resilient, He challenged the group to embrace present and future obstacles, not to fight them. Our students enjoyed the dialogue Dave created, and the life lessons he promoted. ”
- Ryan Suchanek, Cushing Academy Athletic Leadership Program and speaker’s coordinator
“Dave is an engaging, passionate speaker, and his intimate knowledge of one of the biggest stories in the history of college sports truly captivated our audience. Through personal stories and his attention to detail, he delivered a powerful message about the importance of making good decisions, using the Bias tragedy as an important parable. As a former star athlete himself, Dave’s presentation was especially informed and empathetic for all the attendees. His Born Ready Project is a much-needed program for young people, especially student-athletes, in tackling tough issues with intelligence and conviction.”
David Kaplan, Director, Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, about a speech on decision making in March, 2013
“I attended Dave Ungrady’s speech on decision making with 10 of my players. I truly wish all of my football players had the opportunity to attend. I can honestly say that those who attended the speech made mature decisions later on, including two of my captains. Dave’s speech proves that decision making is critical for young athletes. Anyone who wants to teach student athletes to make good decisions should host this presentation.”
Chappy Moore, head football coach, Notre Dame High School, Trenton, NJ. , about a speech on decision making at Notre Dame in October 2012
“Dave delivered a great speech to our student body. Dave successfully wove between the Len Bias story and the different types of decisions young adults are confronted with each day and it gave our students pause to consider how the decisions they make impact their own lives and the lives of so many others. I would recommend Dave Ungrady to any high school audience. It was thought provoking, educational, and entertaining.”
Brian Doyle, Dean of Students, Avon Old Farm School, Avon, CT, about a speech on decision making in November 2012
“Our students were fascinated by the tragic story and memorable death of Len Bias and the many lives that were impacted so deeply—from family members to coaches, teammates, and friends. Dave’s talk led to some valuable and important dialogue on campus.”
Charlie Cahn, headmaster, Suffield Academy, Suffield, CT, about a speech on resilience in October 2012
“I thought the program was powerful and showed some of the true decision making processes that are key to our student-athletes today.”
Jason Testerman, Athletic Director, Park View HS in Sterling, VA,, talking about a speech on decision making at Park View in November 2012