CHESTERTOWN — On Sept. 23, in partnership with the Kent County Public Schools and the Kent County Health Department, Kent Goes Purple is hosting a nationally renowned speaker on addiction, recovery, prevention and choices.
Tony Hoffman, a former BMX Elite Pro, will offer a series of speaking engagements with students and local community and business leaders. According to a biography provided on his website www.tonyhoffmanspeaking.com, the California native has been sober since 2007. He started drinking, smoking marijuana and using opioids in high school.
In sessions broken out over the course of the day, Hoffman will speak to all Kent County High School students and all seventh- and eighth-graders at Kent County Middle School. Hoffman will also be the keynote speaker at a luncheon in Washington College’s Hynson Lounge for community and business leaders.
“With a focus on prevention, we believe bringing Tony Hoffman to Kent County to speak to our older students in a manner they can relate to is a very effective way to raise awareness,” said Andrew Meehan, a member of the Kent Goes Purple Executive Committee. “Tony comes highly recommended, and we also expect him to bring an eye-opening perspective on the opioid crisis to our community and business leaders with some practical advice on what to do about it.”
According to his website, Hoffman was sent to prison for two years in 2007 after having committed a home invasion armed robbery and violating his probation. Hoffman was paroled in 2008.
“Tony began rebuilding his life’s purpose while he spent two years in prison. As soon as he was released, he used the positive and negatives of his life to get to where he is, today,” the website states.
In 2016, he took second place in the Masters Pro class at the World Championships held in Columbia. Also in 2016, he served as a coach at the Rio Olympics.
Outside of the sports world, Hoffman founded the Freewheel Project mentoring children through action sports like BMX and in after-school programs. The effort aims to teach children leadership skills and how to make healthy choices, including substance abuse prevention.
“Tony is a changed man, and inspires so many to live their life with purpose. Tony has dedicated his life, to bringing awareness around the country, describing how dangerous prescription pill and heroin abuse are, as well as advocating a shift in thinking towards current addiction-recovery processes,” Hoffman’s biography states.
To learn more about Hoffman, visit www.tonyhoffmanspeaking.com.