Pillars of America Speaker Series

Spring 2016

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Interested in Attending?

This is a great opportunity for middle school and high school students to experience a formal luncheon and hear from a great motivational speaker.

Please read through the Pillars Requirements and Expectations.

We only have 2 tickets for each luncheon, so if you would like to attend, please complete this Expression of Interest Form and return it to the office at your earliest convenience.

The schedule of events is as follows:

11:15 a.m. Doors open

11:30 a.m. Lunch is served

12:00 p.m. Introduction and opening remarks which include:
* Flag salute (Pledge of Allegiance)
* Non-denominational invocation
* Musical presentation

12:20 p.m. Introduction of keynote speaker

1:15 p.m. – 1:40 Closing announcements & Autographs

Speaker Bios

Melvin Adams, April 20, 2016:

Melvin Adams has been an NCAA All-American basketball player, professional basketball competitor and member of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.

Born and raised in the ghetto of Houston Texas, Melvin had to overcome extremely negative circumstances to achieve his dream of playing professional basketball. With the constant pressure of financial burdens and surrounded by hopeless situations, he turned to sports, where hard work and endless practicing kept him out of trouble.

Melvin graduated from San Jose Christian College where he was a two-time NCAA III All-American basketball player. He remains the all-time scoring, assists and steals leader in the school’s history. On the Harlem Globetrotters, Melvin was named “Mr. Globetrotter” numerous times, an annual award presented to the teammate who most exemplifies the excitement and energy associated with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Tiana Tozer, April 27, 2016:

At age 20 life took a dramatic turn when an intoxicated driver ran a stop sign and hit the car in which Tiana was riding. She then spent more than a month in intensive care, endured 34 surgeries, and spent four years learning to walk again.

During her recovery Tiana became a member of the USA Women’s Basketball Team, which was chosen to compete in the Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996) Paralympics where she earned silver and bronze medals. In 1990, Tiana was the subject of a documentary entitled “The Tiana Tozer Story”. She was first published nationally in 2006 on Starbucks Cup #83. More recently, Tiana served as a humanitarian aid worker in Iraq and Sudan, working with people with disabilities.

Through her personal story and humor, she encourages audiences to look beyond the label, overcome perceived limitations, question their complacency towards the legal drug of alcohol, and understand that some choices are forever.

Warren Moon, May 4, 2016:

Warren is one of only 2 players in history to be inducted into both the NFL Hall of Fame and the CFL Hall of Fame. In the NFL he played for the Houston Oilers, the Minnesota Vikings, the Seattle Seahawks and the Kansas City Chiefs. As one of the greatest players in professional football history, he ranks among the top in nearly every offensive statistical category for quarterbacks. He passed nearly 50,000 yards in 17 NFL seasons, including 9 Pro-Bowl appearances. He is the only black quarterback to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

Among his many accomplishments, Warren is most proud of being honored as NFL Man of the Year for his charitable work with the Crescent Moon Foundation, an organization he founded to provide support for educational pursuits benefiting those children most in need. One of six children growing up with a single mother, Warren learned about giving back at an early age. “If you have the ability to enrich people’s lives because of your name and your status then you should take advantage of it.”

In addition to his role as a sports announcer for the Seattle Seahawks, Warren is an entertaining and engaging speaker who weaves in personal stories and anecdotes gleaned over his remarkable career. Warren shares with audiences his view on the importance of strong mentors and the accountability that each of us has to those we touch in life.