“I hope you made it home safely! Thank you so much for a fantastic event yesterday! The kids really seemed to enjoy your story and presentation style. It was very engaging and I think they learned a lot – I know I did! Also, thank you so much for providing them with the goal setting program software. I’m sure it will be of great use to the GOAL Line students.
Let’s please keep in touch for the possibility of future events with similar groups we work with and our UConn student-athletes.”
Sofia Read – Uconn
“I was fascinated with Richie’s presentation. I was amazed to see all the students 9th-12th grade listen to his whole presentation. They were intrigued and on the edge of their seats for over an hour. For over 2 weeks, I had people coming up to me and thanking me for bringing him in. Amazing!”
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Amanda Blake – Canutillo School District Leader
“Richie was tasked with providing a motivational speech to over 100 guests at an annual education conference exclusive dinner to globally recognized education foundations & major urban school districts from across the country. He was given a specific topic to cover related to the conference. His message was on topic and aligned perfectly to the objectives of the conference. He came in early to better understand what the conference was all about thus, making his message relevant to the event. Overall he did an outstanding job.”
Ohana Institute Founder and CEO
“Richie was the keynote speaker at the Ohana Conference. His passion and invigoration for life are transparent and rapidly contagious. He is an engaging speaker that appeals to all audiences no matter age, profession, or background. I was extremely pleased with his presentation and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an ambitious professional to deliver an inspirational message.”
“Richie’s content is great, but his ability to connect was key. I loved how Richie was personable and how he was accessible to the students which built their excitement through his participation. This helped them connect to him as a speaker. Thank you for being a model for the students like Noah who has concerns, fears, anxieties about his size and future opportunities. After speaking with him it is clear that you changed his vision for the future!”
Principal, Our Lady of Fatima
Race, teamwork, bullying and work ethic are topics which sometimes need to be delicately handled. Richie does an awesome job of hitting critical points, treading on water and making a lasting impression. My teams not only perform better, but have a new attitude when Richie is through.
Cardinal Newman High School
I’ve worked with Richie for a year now and every time I’ve worked with him he’s been on time, professional, and present. Great person to work with and to do business with.
Richie has an innate ability to get the most out of his talents. Limited physical skills and size were not a roadblock but a driver for hard work, study, and relentless perseverance. He is one of those athletes who may not be the fastest, biggest, or most talented, but through hard work, a never give up attitude, and belief in himself, makes believers out of everyone around him. He embodies what coaches look for; someone who comes to practice early and leaves late, spends extra time in the film and weight room, and always left everything on the field. Not only did he find a role on the team, but he made a positive impact. Richie has a bigger heart than Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and our staff agreed 100% that he deserved a full SEC scholarship! Richie has the fortitude to be successful no matter how difficult the challenge.
Head Football Coach
Ole Miss 2008-2011
Richie’s story and book lit a fire within me. His drive, passion, and relentless will to succeed was reminiscent of my time at Notre Dame. At 5’7” and 155 pounds, Richie overcame the obstacles and the naysayers to earn a full SEC scholarship and a place in Ole Miss tradition.
The Movie “Rudy”