Danny Alotta is a motivational speaker and performer who travels the country sharing his story of how he struggled with cancer and eventually, came out victorious and is now cancer-free. In 2013, Danny founded Joy Juice, a non-profit organization that empowers young adults affected by cancer through the power of fashion. The Senior Seminar class was fortunate enough to have Danny come and speak to them, sharing his story and discussing how together, they can spread Joy Juice and empower more individuals affected by cancer. On April 21, Danny will be performing his one-man show at Temple University! For more information about the event, click here and don’t forget to DONATE!
In late February, several students traveled to Washington D.C., accompanied by Dean Montague and several faculty members, for the annual Sport Industry Networking and Career Conference. Over the course of the two-day conference, the students listened to some of the industry leaders about what it takes to stay ahead of the curve and be successful in such a competitive industry. Among the speakers was former middleweight boxing champion, Bernard Hopkins. A Philadelphia native, Mr. Hopkins spoke to the conference about the challenges he went through growing up in a rough neighborhood and how he overcame many obstacles to become one of the most successful boxers of all time. After speaking, the Temple students were introduced to Mr. Hopkins and given some words of encouragement to end the conference on a high note.
Along with the Senior Professional Development Seminar course, students are required to take a Current Issues Capstone course in their last semester. Michael Lahoud, a midfielder for the Philadelphia Union, spoke to students and gave insight about the industry from an athlete’s perspective. Much of his presentation focused on how he is creating his personal brand and using his presence in the industry to create charities and give back to people in need. Michael also touched on his background, being born in Sierra Leone and moving to the United States with his family in hopes of a better life, a truly touching story bringing motivation to the students to work hard and be the best they can be. For more information about Michael’s charity, Building Dreams With Mike, please click here.