Monday, October 18, 2021

Greater Marco Family YMCA Presents YMCA Sports Celebrity Speaker Series

The Greater Marco Family YMCA is proud to announce a unique speaker series that will bring to Marco Island the biggest names in the National Basketball League, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball and the National Football League for an interactive luncheon series that will be both affordable and entertaining. We are pleased to announce that commitments have been received from a Boston Red Sox Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, current NHL players from the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers as well as one of ESPN’s NHL Hockey analysts.

Each event day will begin with a luncheon at the Hilton Marco Island with a special guest speaker relating interesting stories about their career and after words enjoy a “meet and greet” session. The afternoon will conclude with a special ”Kids Event” with the featured speaker and surprise guests at the Greater Marco Family YMCA.

Tickets will be available for each luncheon or attendee can purchase a Season Ticket Package at a discounted cost and attend all four scheduled events slated for an 11:30 a.m. start time.

Greater Marco Island Family YMCA Board Member and local businessman Sonny Zamites has successfully implemented the “Sports Celebrity Speaker Series” in other locations and is excited about starting the same program here on Marco Island. Mr. Zamites background includes a lengthy stint in professional hockey for the Rochester Americans (Amerks), part of the American Hockey League and a top affiliate of The Florida Panthers, as well as working on various branding projects for NHL and AHL teams and league events.

Mr. Zamites says, ”All of us as children are invited guests to the world, the children of today face unique challenges to succeed on whatever path they choose: it is our hope with the message delivered by someone who reached the pinnacle of success in their chosen sport, the kids will find personal inspiration to excel in their chosen path of life”.

The Greater Marco Family YMCA has partnered with among others, The Hilton- Marco Island as

The official site of the “Sports Celebrity Speaker Series” and are proud to have retired NFL kicker and Marco Island resident Mike Vanderjagt as the host of the series. Vanderjagt retired after a successful career with the Indianapolis Colts, the Dallas Cowboys and Canada’s Grey Cup champion as the kicker for the Canadian Football Leagues Toronto Argonauts. Vanderjagt explains why he is involved in the lecture series;” Since I turned professional in 1993, I always wanted to help kids, I live on Marco Island, have a 12 year old son involved in sports. This is another way I can help the community. If it involves sports and kids, I’m all for it!”

Tentative dates for the 2011-2012 “Sports Celebrity Speaker Series” are August 31 with other events to be announced. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information call 239-394-3144 ext. 205.

The YMCA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

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