Rodney Blunt’s mission every day is to help others. His foundation, City Streets to Students Athletes (CS2SA), focuses on deterring student athletes from drugs and crime. As a former running back at Clemson from 1989-1993 (he led the Tigers in rushing and touchdowns in 1991 and 1993), Rodney saw first hand the many temptations and challenges of being a student athlete. He then spent 18 years in law enforcement and saw how destructive drugs can be and decided this would be his focus area. His organization has a strategic methodology to help student athletes understand the temptations of drugs, peer pressure and the consequences of bad choices. Rodney is an energetic speaker who is planting seeds in every kid he meets in an effort to make them aware of their potential and develop character. CS2SA has touched the lives of over 10,000 families and manages accountability through their drug-free pledge. Listen to this inspiring interview as Rodney explains how he is making a difference and blessing the lives of so many others. You can also view the interview on YouTube here.
Author and podcast host Mary Marantz recognizes the beauty in her story and the gifts it has provided. But like many of us, it took time for her to see that beauty especially because she saw it as so different than what the “norm” is. Her journey starts modestly from her family’s trailer in West Virginia where she learned life lessons from her father, dealt with an absent working mother, and found blessings in her relationships with her grandmother as well as the occasional stray cat. She found a place excelling in the classroom and her brightness led her all the way to Yale Law School. As Mary traveled and explored the world outside of West Virginia, her experiences nourished her strong roots and helped her blossom into the resource she is today for so many others. She shares her wisdom on her podcast (The Mary Marantz Show which debuted in the iTunes top 200) and in her 2 books Dirtand the newly released Slow Growth Equals Strong Roots: Finding Grace, Freedom, and Purpose in an Overachieving World. Her writing has also been featured in many other publications, including Business Insider, Thrive Global, MSN, Bustle, and Brit+Co. Join Matt and listen in to insightful conversation about finding your path through faith and trusting your inner voice. You can also view the interview on YouTube here.
Pat Sqroi is the President of Sgroi Financial, a firm started by his father Joe. The family business has grown significantly over its 50 plus years and helps countless families with their financial planning needs. Along the way, Pat has managed his way through plenty of obstacles but none perhaps more challenging than the loss of his brother, Jeff, to an aggressive skin cancer in 2016 followed by the loss of his father in 2017. Since Jeff’s passing, Pat helps honor his brother through the Jeff Michael Sgroi Foundation. One of the signature events of the foundation is a memorial golf tournament that occurs each year to raise money for many of Jeff’s favorite charities, including St. Francis High which has a baseball field named in Jeff’s honor. Listen to this heart-warming story of how Pat continues honor his brother and father in so many wonderful ways. You can also view the interview on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtqaxjCshPI
God’s plan for all of us sometime is hard to see, but there is usually a purpose, no matter the journey traveled. China Darrington’s road started with obstacles many can hardly imagine. At a young age, some of her challenges included substance abuse, mental health issues, and human trafficking. After a 20 year battle, she entered recovery while pregnant and began rebuilding her story and her purpose. Her amazing strength and resilience helped her land at a place where she now helps others as the Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at Thrive Peer Recovery Services in Ohio. She has designed and implemented comprehensive recovery support service programs that help organizations with ensuring the right treatments are provided. The problem of human trafficking is likely larger than most are aware (over 25 million people worldwide have been deprived of their freedoms) and this interview with China creates awareness and understanding about sex trafficking and what we can do. Her strong voice, empathy and powerful spirit are making a difference in so many lives. Listen here to learn more or you view the view this wonderful interview with Matt on youtube.
You can listen to how I found the practice of gratitude and what inspires me today.
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