KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR GWINNETT YOUTH SPORTS EXPO
All sports fans – especially those in Atlanta – know that Brian Jordan is an exceptional and accomplished athlete by any standard. He is a member of the highly exclusive club of those who have played in both the NFL and MLB – including stints with the Atlanta Falcons (where he was selected as an All Pro) and the Atlanta Braves (where he was voted an All Star) – with a professional career spanning 18 years. And while his playing days are now completed, the memories he created are still fresh in the minds and hearts of many.
But you would be sorely mistaken if you were under the impression that Jordan is in any sense “retired.” He currently serves as a television sports analyst and commentator (for which he has won an Emmy Award) that includes work for the Atlanta Braves – both MLB and the AAA Gwinnett Braves. He is heavily invested in all aspects of Atlanta life and beyond. Jordan serves on the Board of Directors of the Morehouse College of Medicine, and is an ambassador and advocate for the YMCA, the American Diabetes Association, and the Boy Scouts of America. He privately funded a wellness center for Grady Hospital employees, and also has privately funded full college scholarships for a number of deserving students.
Brian Jordan holding one of his three published inspirational children’s books – “I Told You I Can Play”
And believing to his core that “in every child, there is the potential for excellence,” Jordan is the founder of the Brian Jordan Foundation, which focuses on literacy, health and fitness, and providing educational scholarships. The title of published author can be added as well, as he has written three inspirational children’s books – “I Told You I Can Play,” “Overcoming the Fear of the Baseball,” and “Time Out For Bullies,” all semi-autobiographical and all providing lessons to help children deal with adversity.
In short, Brian Jordan is a very busy man, and he is still bringing plenty to the plate. Just now in his mid-forties, he has a lot of years to do a lot more good. To find out more about his many worthy causes (and how you can help), please visit www.brianjordanfoundation.com
PASSION – KEY TO SUCCESS
Says Jordan, “My message isn’t limited to sports. I want to encourage kids to dream big, and to never give up on that dream. The same path applies whether you wish to be an athlete, a doctor, a nurse, or a teacher.”
“The key is to find your motivator,” notes Jordan. “When I was a kid, I wanted to be a professional athlete, and I used to cut out articles on my favorite ones and put them on the wall of my room. Every morning, I would touch that wall – and that kept me motivated, kept me out of trouble, focused on getting good grades, all the things I needed to do to be successful. So, whatever it is that you want to do, you must find that self-motivating tool.”
GWINNETT YOUTH SPORTS EXPO
On Saturday, February 1, 2014, Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation, in collaboration with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, will host the largest sports expo in the State of Georgia at Rhodes Jordan Park. Created for anyone involved in youth sports (players, coaches, team administrators, athletic associations and supporters), there will be new products showcases and demonstrations, an abundance of vendor giveaways, and an impressive silent auction. The day long event will start with an 8:30 AM registration and breakfast, with events going from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Admission fee is $20/person or $80/group of five and includes breakfast, lunch and admission to all portions of the event.
One of the day’s most impressive components is the host of educational sessions to be provided. Informative seminars include:
- Child Abuse – Identification and Prevention
- The Ins and Outs of Running A Non-Profit Organization
- Marketing Best Practices
- What’s New with Artificial Turf and Breaking the Myths
- Healthy Eating for Athletes
- Field Maintenance 101
- How to Make a Healthy (and Profitable) Concession Makeover!
- Concussions and the Return to Play Act of 2013.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER BRIAN JORDAN
Highlighting the expo will be Brian Jordan’s keynote address. After learning about the latest in sports innovation and education, you should make it a point to be present for his inspiring message. Let Jordan show you how to take all you will learn at the expo and couple it with the power of your passion. Come and experience firsthand his power to motivate you, and help you develop your own plan for success.
Mark your calendars now and do not miss this extraordinary event by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.
Reg L. Carver is a writer and photographer from Johns Creek. You may find him atwww.reglcarver.com.