Hamilton to speak at FFA convention
Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 8:01 pm
While one contingent of blue hits the road this weekend to take on Tennessee, another will converge on the city to be inspired, compete for scholarships, perform community service and help shape the future of the National FFA Organization.
More than 55,000 student members of FFA and their teachers from throughout the U.S., Puerto and the Virgin Islands will attend this week’s annual National FFA Convention & Expo. This year’s event — the 85th consecutive gathering since FFA was founded in 1928 — runs Wednesday through Saturday.
Nine general sessions will bring tens of thousands of FFA members together at a single time under a single roof during the four-day event at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium. They will also flow through the aisles of the Expo, an event that showcases nearly 400 corporations, businesses, organizations and colleges Wednesday through Friday at Indiana Convention Center.
Figure skating star Scott Hamilton will be the keynote speaker during the convention’s opening session. Hamilton was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and is a privileged member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. He captured the world’s attention 25 years ago with his Olympic gold-medal performances in Sarajevo. Since, Hamilton has been a sport commentator and best-selling author. He inspires others as a speaker, philanthropist and cancer and brain tumor survivor.
Other keynote speakers include Dr. Lowell Catlett, a nationally renowned agriculture professor, former NBA star Walter Bond and native Hoosier Josh Bleill, a former Marine-turned-motivational-speaker after losing both legs while serving in Iraq.
Published in The Messenger 10.23.12