#1 Ranked Youth Motivational Speaker

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

Who is Richie Contartesi?

Richie Contartesi is a Youth Motivational Speaker and the #1 Best Selling Author of “In Spite of the Odds”, an inspirational story about an ordinary teen athlete who started as a walk-on and eventually earned a full Division I college football scholarship to the University of Mississippi “Ole Miss”. Standing tall at 5’7″ and 155 pounds.

As a Youth Motivational Speaker, Richie provides his personal insight and shares the adversity and struggles he faced when the odds were stacked against him to help teens overcome their own challenges in life whether they are depression/suicide, bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, and many other issues. His realistic common sense roadmap explores why writing down your goal, building relationships, overcoming fear, and persistence are the keys to personal success.

Why Richie Contartesi?

Richie’s approach is a bit different than most. He shares his story and intertwines the importance of writing down your goal, building relationships, overcoming fear, and persistence. His speech will make you cry, laugh, and look deep within yourself to begin your own personal journey to success. Whether you want general motivation or have issues with depression/suicide, bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, and many other issues, Richie knows that these are only symptoms of a larger problem and will spend time with you digging into the real problem so the symptoms disappear. If after failing 5th grade, dealing with ADHD, Dyslexia and being told his entire life he couldn’t read or write; there is hope for everyone. Richie’s speech is not just for athletes, but for all who have any major dream or goal in their life and need the right formula and inspiration to get it.

Inspire Long-Term Positive Change

Any Youth Motivational Speaker can change students thinking during the presentation, but Richie inspires long-term positive change through engaging, memorable, emotional and comedic stories.

Make Great Choices

Making great choices is the foundation for a happy and successful life. We don’t always make the perfect choices but Richie shares a simple formula so his audience can always make great choices.

Recipe for Overcoming Adversity

No matter what your major goal or dream is, you are going to encounter massive amounts of adversity. Richie shares how he overcame adversity and how you can overcome any adversity as well.

Be the Hero of Your School!

Bring in Richie so Your Students can Make SMART Choices

Courage to Follow Your Heart

We all have “haters’. Don’t let someone’s opinion of you dictate your future. Better yet, Richie explains through an engaging  story how to not let your opinion of yourself dictate your future.

Your Specific Points Stressed

Every teen has their own key points they want to be stressed. Richie spends a lot of time customizing his speech in certain areas so all of your key points are brought to life and stressed.

Free Access to Goal Setting Course

Not only does Richie come in and rock the school, but he also now provides his audience with free access to his Online Course ($197 value per person) on goal setting. This way he can keep up and hold the students accountable.

One hour later your students will be ready to reach their peak potential and push everyone around them to greatness. Regardless of whether your issue is Suicide/Depression, Bullying, Drug & Alcohol Abuse, or students who just aren’t motivated to follow their dreams. These are all just symptoms of a bigger problem and I am here to solve the core issue for you” ~ Richie Contartesi

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Youth Motivational Speaker – Keynotes, Workshops, and Programs:

Richie speaks from his heart to inspire change. He shows his audience how to believe in themselves, write down their goals, build relationships, overcome their fears, and develop the courage to follow their hearts and succeed.

Richie understands what it is like to have nothing, work hard for something and now he encourages everyone to overcome their own adversities and fears to live their dreams. Richie now offers a lifetime subscription to his online course on goal setting($197 per person value) to his whole audience for FREE: MyBlissUniversity.com

**Richie also always give 2-3 Free Signed Copies of my #1 bestseller to his audience members who answer my questions during the interactive keynote.

Most Popular Speaking Events:

  • Student Leadership Conferences
  • High School Assemblies
  • Middle School Assemblies
  • Sporting Events
  • Athletes
  • Teen Summit Programs
  • Back-to-School Orientations
  • Student Leader Trainings and Retreats

Main Keynote: My True Inspirational Story

Having a good story is one thing, but saying it in a way that inspires change is a whole other ball game. Richie’s story at Ole Miss has hit 4, #1 best seller lists and continues to inspire thousands of people every day. Inspiring change in our youth requires the power of stories and not just any story, but ones that engage and captivate them. We are tired of being told what to do or being scared into doing things we don’t want to. Instead, we need motivation, comedy, and real life stories to change the way we think in a positive way. Richie dives into the details of the events theme to tailor his speech and message to hit home. Using stories from his own life, Richie encourages positive change and encourages others to reach their full potential. Although he tailors his message to your theme, the message stays the same. Finding your passion,writing down your goal, building relationships, overcoming fear, and ultimately staying persistent until the end will lead to success. His story is proof that anything is possible.

Anti-Bullying Program:

Are you alarmed by the epidemic of bullying that is sweeping our nation’s schools? I don’t know who wouldn’t be? I know I am. This interactive anti-bullying program for school assemblies is not just motivational but gives students the tools and steps to overcome bullying with peer leadership, smart choices, and character. Richie understands that a kid is being bullied every 7 minutes and that’s why he has put together this heartfelt program that can give students all the knowledge they needed to avoid becoming targets or victims, while empowering them to help others who are the victims of bullying.

Richie’s audience will learn…

  • How to recognize and respond to bullying
  • When to stand up, when to walk away, and when to tell an adult
  • Empowering students to stand up and not be victims of bullying
  • Cyberbullying and social media effects on the brain and solutions
  • Internet Safety and Reality
  • Practical steps for building confidence, self-esteem and developing resiliency
  • How to prevent and stop bullying through peer leadership and culture

Suicide/Depression Program

Richie’s approach to suicide and suicide prevention is a bit different than most. People don’t remember exactly what you say, but how you make them feel. Suicide and depression issues are just the symptoms of a larger issue. In most cases, specifically our youth, suicide and mental health issues stem from not having a passion or a purpose. So instead of pounding his audience with facts and bullet points, Richie tells his story of how he fell into depression and almost took his own life after he was diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia, after his parents divorced, he failed 5th grade and was no longer allowed to do the only thing he loved to do, play football. So what is the solution? Richie knows the biggest impact is always made after an audience is fully engaged with emotion so he opens with his powerful heart story and then leads to the solution. Every situation is different and every event has a different theme, but you can count on learning everything below within a truly inspiring and captivating story.

Richie’s audience will learn…

  • How to recognize the signs of suicide in yourself and your peers
  • What to do when you are having the thoughts and depression
  • What to do when someone else is having the thoughts
  • Signs that someone else is feeling suicidal and what to do about it
  • Captivating Suicide Story
  • Motivational Story to keep everyone engaged

Youth Motivational Speaker for Athlete Development:

You know how student athletes think they aren’t big enough and don’t have enough talent to earn a d1 scholarship or make it professionally? Richie uses his experiences of playing football at Ole Miss as well as what he learned from earning a full scholarship as a walk on at 5’7″ and 155 pounds soaking wet. He shows his audiences how to believe in themselves, how they can overcome their fears and challenges, and develop the courage to follow their hearts using a simple 5 step system.

Richie’s audience will learn…

  • Richie assists Athletic teams and players when transitioning on the high school, collegiate, and professional levels
  • Making the transition academically and socially
  • Transitioning from old to new environments
  • Decision making on and off the field
  • The do’s and don’ts of social networking
  • Protecting their image
  • Peer influence and public perception

Distracted Driving Program:

Are you afraid that the ones closest to you are drinking and driving? Texting when driving? Not wearing a seat belt? Or getting in the car with others who are doing the same?

Richie is a Distracted Driving Speaker. He had a horrific drinking and driving accident happen to someone very close to him. It not only affected his life, but the 100’s of people of both families, friends and their lives moving forward. Richie spent a lot of time creating a program for safe driving which includes distracted driving, drinking and driving, illegal drugs, and not wearing a seat belt that influences and changes lives.

Richie takes his audience on a roller coaster ride telling his story, presenting the facts, and ultimately providing real life tips, solutions and take aways to prevent serious accidents and to save lives.

Richie’s audience will learn…

  • What is distracted driving
  • How to recognize distracted driving
  • When and how to confront someone else when the are driving distracted
  • Captivating Drunk Driving Death Story
  • How to avoid drunk driving
  • How to avoid getting in the car with others who are drunk
  • Solutions for all distracted driving issues
  • How to prevent distracted driving through peer leadership and culture

Parent Program:

Schools and Leadership organizations across the country have the same issues. Our youth do what youth do and parents complain about it to the schools and expect the school to solve their issue for them. Now the school can definitely put together an initiative to make this happen, but at the end of the day, it is on the parents to be parents and not best friends.

Getting parents to attend an event is even harder especially the ones that need to be there most. Richie prepares a video that can be sent to all of the parents to entice them to show up and usually there is a great showing. He helps parents understand what kids are thinking when it comes to suicide, bullying, drugs/alcohol and other issues kids face and how to handle it.

Richie understands everyone has their own style, but knowing what the kid is thinking is paramount. If you would like to solve issues with the students and parents, Richie is your guy to unite everyone. Fill out the form below to check Richie’s availability and learn more.

Motivational Keynote Speaker, Motivation Speaker for High School Assemblies

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, Ole Miss Head Football Coach

Motivational Keynote Speaker, Motivation Speaker for High School Assemblies