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Metta World PeaceFormer NBA player Metta World Peace was the keynote speaker for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles’ 47th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brotherhood Breakfast. The distinguished basketball figure is not only a great athlete at his sport, but he is also a dynamic, passionate speaker and strong advocate for mental health and animal rights issues. At this event, a couple of profound individuals will be honored with some humanitarian awards for their help and support of community issues. World Peace is also a well-known philanthropist and was the perfect speaker for this kind of event, as it will not only draw in basketball fans from all over the local area, but those who share his interest in making the Los Angeles community a better place.

The Queens, New York native played 14 seasons in the NBA with teams such as the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks. After that, he began playing for the Sichuan Blue Whales in China, but that only lasted a year. Formerly known as Ron Artest, he changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011. “Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world,” he said. He has also pursued a music career in addition to being a rapper and NBA star. In 2010 he helped the Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA Championship, and in 2011 he was awarded the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, given to the NBA player, coach, or trainer who shows “outstanding service and dedication to the community.” In 2017, he became the coach of the South Bay Lakers which a specialty in player development.

World Peace was the speaker for this year’s 47th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brotherhood Breakfast that occurred on January 12th from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and it was a great way to kick off the day with a little community bonding and sharing passions for great causes. The former basketball star did a great job of spreading the message of working together, and sharing a few stories from his amazing NBA career.

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Kim PegulaBuffalo Bills owner Kim Pegula has been announced as the keynote speaker for the inaugural Penn State Sports Business Conference that is happening on March 15-16 in University Park, PA. The conference itself is a one-of-a-kind event for students who wish to pursue a sports business career as they will have lots of opportunities to network with industry leaders from a cross-section of sports business entities. Faculty members and locals will be invited to attend as well, since it is a great time to gain some interesting and valuable information. Pegula is expected to talk about her career in the sports industry which she is in a partner in with her husband, and it will be moderated by Abe Madkour, who is executive editor of Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal. The price to attend is $20 for students and $50 for everyone else and includes a breakfast and lunch over the two-day event.

The South Korean-born businesswoman came to live in the United States with her adoptive parents, Ralph and Merilyn Kerr when she was just five years old. After attending Houghton College, Pegula met her husband Terry in a restaurant where he initially offered her a job and this was the beginning of their relationship. The Pegulas purchased the Buffalo Sabres in 2010, and the Buffalo Bills shortly after that. Kim Pegula was a big influence on the planning and redesign of HarborCenter, which is a recreation center right ned to the Sabres’ area and it really boosted the image of Buffalo. The couple and their family currently live in Boca Raton, Florida.

Kim Pegula will be speaking at the first ever Penn State Sports Business Conference that is happening later this month over the 15th and 16th over March. Tickets are for sale in advance and include admission to the two-day event as well as a couple meals.

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Don McPherson SpeakerFormer NFL quarterback Philadelphia Eagles Don McPherson spoke at the screening of the film “The Mask You Live In”, which is a documentary that depicts how students struggle with the confining nature of masculinity. The event was organized by the Elliott School of International Affairs and was held in the Smith Center Colonials Club in the Washington D.C. area. Along with the showing of the film, there was also a discussion, a first of its kind at George Washington University, which allowed the viewers to get together and talk about what they felt towards this topic. McPherson talked about how both men and women need to work together on not allowing toxic masculinity have a big role in today’s culture and society. Overall, it was an exciting event for the 200 students who got to attend.

The Brooklyn, New York native got his stardom for the sport during his college years while he was attending Syracuse University, and he was the runner-up to the 1987 Heisman Trophy award. In 1988 McPherson was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and then played for Houston Oilers before going into the Canadian Football League. In 1994 McPherson retired from the sport and went on to become part of Northeastern University’s staff at their Center for the Study of Sport in Society. He, later on, became the executive director of the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University.

McPherson spoke on February 26th on the George Washington University campus to speak out against toxic masculinity and how everyone should work together to get rid of it. It was a very education, emotional, and exciting discussion for everyone who was in attendance

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George Foster 1Former NL MVP George Foster was the keynote speaker for the Amsterdam Baseball/Mohawks Baseball Hall of Fame. Four new inductees were honored at this year’s dinner event that happened on February 3rd at St. Mary’s Institute and over 350 guests attended, making the function bigger than ever. Tickets to get into the dinner were only $45 per person and included a cocktail hour from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., a full dinner and an autograph with the famous George Foster. Children’s entrance tickets were only $20, and also a table of 10 was slightly bundled at a lower price of $400 for all the seats. It was a spectacular event and one that all of the attendees enjoyed being at and hearing from one of baseball’s finest retired players.

The Tuscaloosa, Alabama native started playing baseball at a very young age and eventually was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the third round of the 1968 Major League Baseball draft. He stayed with the Giants for two years before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds, where he was on their roster for an entire decade. Foster then went to play for the New York Mets for four years and did a very brief stint with the Chicago White Sox before retiring in 1986. In all the years of his career, Foster was a five-time All-Star player, a two-time World Series Champion and a Silver Slugger Award.

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