The Olean City School District Foundation board of directors unanimously approved $1,550 of funding to bring in one of the nation’s leading youth motivational speakers to talk with students at the Olean Intermediate Middle School and Olean High School.
The funding was provided through a grant from the Olean Intermediate Middle School. Joel Penton, who speaks to middle and high school students throughout the country, will visit the Olean district during the 2013-2014 school year and share his message of the importance of making good choices and resisting negative peer pressure. Mr. Penton tailors his message to students by giving them effective strategies to use during their time in school.
Mr. Penton is a graduate of The Ohio State University and played five years of football for the Buckeyes. He was a member of three Big Ten championship teams, a member of the National Championship team, and a 4-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. In his senior year, Joel received the prestigious Wuerffel Trophy, also known as the Humanitarian Heisman. The trophy is a national award that recognizes the one college football player in the entire country who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. After graduating from OSU, Joel turned down an opportunity to play in the NFL to begin a career in full-time speaking.