NEXT PLAY®

#1 Motivational Speaker for Athletes

“ALL-IN” to How To Secure D1 Football Scholarships

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

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“Athletes and families found his story really relatable. The content he shared was motivating and valuable. He was very open to meeting the families and athletes. Very approachable. He crushed the keynote!”

Kristen Stone

Senior Operations Manager, Football University

“Richie’s Story of College Walk-on to Professional Football Player lit a fire within me”

Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger

Hit Movie "RUDY"

“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.”

Houston Nutt

Head Football Coach, Ole Miss

“Richie made my team at Ole Miss because he was committed “all-in” and had more heart than anyone else on the team”

Ed Orgeron

LSU Head Coach

FOOTBALL UNIVERSITY HIGHLIGHTS

Your Athletes Will Be Inspired By The Story & Fueled By The System.

Hi There, I’m Richie Contartesi… The Founder Of Next Play and I understand firsthand the frustrations, challenges, and aspirations both you and your athlete are facing. Like your athlete, I had a dream of earning a college football scholarship and was overlooked by everyone. No one initially responded to my emails, DMs, or calls. I even had a meeting scheduled in person with a coach they didn’t show up too. However, at just 5’7″ and 150 pounds, I faced the adversity of being undersized and ultimately ended up creating a system that today we call, Next Play®.

After implementing the system, I defied all expectations and secured a full Division-1 football scholarship in the powerhouse SouthEastern Conference (SEC) at Ole Miss. I experienced the thrill of starting in all 12 games during my senior year, earned the prestigious SEC Scholar Athlete award, and played on legendary fields like Alabama, LSU, and Auburn.

My journey continued beyond college as I played professional Arena football and authored the #1 bestseller, “In Spite of the Odds.” I even had the honor of being featured in the movie “Rudy Ruettiger: The Walk On.” But my true calling emerged when I founded Next Play®. A nationwide leadership program where we help underdog athletes transcend their limitations and secure college football scholarships through the proven Next Play® System. Drawing from my own journey and the success of underdog athletes all over the country, I offer guidance, mentorship, and the proven strategies needed to make their dreams a reality. You and your athlete will discover a community that understands, supports, and believes in their extraordinary potential.

Your Team Will Be Inspired By The Story & Fueled By The System.

Richie’s story has inspired tens of thousands of people throughout the world. Against all odds, Richie achieved his first dream of playing Division-1 football, despite being 150 lbs and 5’7.” Every coach turned him down. Every statistic in the country said it was impossible. But, with a clear goal, consistency, and a determination that earned him the nickname, “Relentless,” Richie earned a scholarship and starting position at “Ole Miss.”

Using this same drive and accountability system, Richie went on to break records in sales performance at a fortune 500 company, founded a real estate investment firm, built a nation-wide online fitness performance program, and today helps companies scale to completely new levels through the Next Play Accountability System.

Known as the high-energy and high-impact accountability speaker, Richie shares each success story from the lens of the audience resulting in a renewed inspiration you can feel in the room. This motivation is then taken back to work with a system that turns inspiration into results.

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Which Keynote Will Drive The Best Results For Your Organization, Parents, & Athletes?

Which Keynote Will Drive The Best Results For Your Organization, Parents, & Athletes?

Building a High-Impact Player Profile Creating Your Legacy: From High School to College Football

This keynote addresses the pivotal aspects of developing a standout athletic profile that captures the attention of college scouts and coaches. This presentation is not just about athletic prowess but also about crafting a narrative that highlights a player’s unique strengths and potential contributions to a college football program.

It’s perfect for:

  • Student-Athletes: Specifically designed for high school football players who aspire to play at the collegiate level.
  • Parents: Empowers parents with knowledge on how to assist their children in building and showcasing a compelling player profile.
  • High School Sports Staff: Provides insights for coaches and athletic staff on guiding their athletes in creating impactful profiles.

You’ll leave with:

  • Profile Development Skills on Social Media: Learn how to articulate and highlight personal achievements, both on and off the field, in a way that resonates with college recruiters.
  • Digital Savvy: Get tips on leveraging digital tools and social media to enhance visibility and engage with potential college programs effectively.
  • Networking Strategies: Understand the importance of building relationships with key influencers in college sports and how to initiate and maintain these connections to get real concrete offers.

Securing The Best College Football Scholarships

Navigating the journey to a college football scholarship can be as challenging as the game itself. With extensive experience speaking at over 450 schools nationwide, Richie’s keynote presentations provide athletes and their parents with critical insights, tools, and strategies to successfully secure the best college football scholarships possible. He teaches athletes how to become confident businessmen including the critical skills of marketing and selling themselves.

It’s perfect for:

  • Aspiring Collegiate Football Players: Tailored specifically for student-athletes aiming for collegiate football careers.
  • Supportive Parents: Designed to help parents understand the recruitment process in a sea of BS and how they can effectively support their athletes athletic and academic pursuits.
  • High School Coaches and Athletic Directors: Essential for educators and coaches looking to aid their athletes in the recruitment process.
  • You’ll leave with

    • Strategic Insight: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the college football recruiting landscape and learn how to stand out to college scouts.
    • Actionable Steps: Receive a clear, actionable plan to turn exposure into actual relationships and relationships into concrete offers.
    • Resource Kit: Get access to valuable resources, including contact lists, templates for reaching out to coaches, and checklists to track recruitment progress.

    Building a High-Impact Player Profile Creating Your Legacy: From High School to College Football

    This keynote addresses the pivotal aspects of developing a standout athletic profile that captures the attention of college scouts and coaches. This presentation is not just about athletic prowess but also about crafting a narrative that highlights a player’s unique strengths and potential contributions to a college football program.

    It’s perfect for:

    • Student-Athletes: Specifically designed for high school football players who aspire to play at the collegiate level.
    • Parents: Empowers parents with knowledge on how to assist their children in building and showcasing a compelling player profile.
    • High School Sports Staff: Provides insights for coaches and athletic staff on guiding their athletes in creating impactful profiles.

    You’ll leave with:

    • Profile Development Skills on Social Media: Learn how to articulate and highlight personal achievements, both on and off the field, in a way that resonates with college recruiters.
    • Digital Savvy: Get tips on leveraging digital tools and social media to enhance visibility and engage with potential college programs effectively.
    • Networking Strategies: Understand the importance of building relationships with key influencers in college sports and how to initiate and maintain these connections to get real concrete offers.

    Securing The Best College Football Scholarships

    Navigating the journey to a college football scholarship can be as challenging as the game itself. With extensive experience speaking at over 450 schools nationwide, Richie’s keynote presentations provide athletes and their parents with critical insights, tools, and strategies to successfully secure the best college football scholarships possible. He teaches athletes how to become confident businessmen including the critical skills of marketing and selling themselves.

    It’s perfect for:

    • Aspiring Collegiate Football Players: Tailored specifically for student-athletes aiming for collegiate football careers.
    • Supportive Parents: Designed to help parents understand the recruitment process in a sea of BS and how they can effectively support their athletes athletic and academic pursuits.
    • High School Coaches and Athletic Directors: Essential for educators and coaches looking to aid their athletes in the recruitment process.

    You’ll leave with

    • Strategic Insight: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the college football recruiting landscape and learn how to stand out to college scouts.
    • Actionable Steps: Receive a clear, actionable plan to turn exposure into actual relationships and relationships into concrete offers.
    • Resource Kit: Get access to valuable resources, including contact lists, templates for reaching out to coaches, and checklists to track recruitment progress.