JOEL PENTON

JOEL PENTON

5 CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS. 1 LIFE-CHANGING MESSAGE

Joel Penton is a graduate of Ohio State University and played 5 years of football for the Buckeyes. He was a member of 3 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 Danny 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. Since then he has spoken to nearly a million teens across the country.

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Biography

Joel Penton is a graduate of Ohio State University and played 5 years of football for the Buckeyes. He was a member of 3 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 Danny 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. Since then he has spoken to nearly 1 Million teens across the country.

Speaking Programs

About Joel’s Positive Approach
Students are constantly bombarded with negative approaches to making the right choices, “Don’t do drugs, Don’t be a bully. Don’t mess up like I did.” They are often told what not to do, but rarely told what to do. From his platform as a champion, Joel brings a POSITIVE MESSAGE to students that is both relevant and impactful. Combining humor and sincerity, Joel gives a REAL-LIFE EXAMPLE of the rewards that result from making right choices. His stories of personal trials and subsequent triumphs are proof that ordinary people can accomplish great things by simply following through with their commitments.

About Joel’s Stand Your Ground Theme
What does it mean to stand your ground? People today are constantly making commitments and breaking them. Look at divorce rates, credit card debts, New Year’s resolutions… and the list of unfulfilled promises goes on. Is it even possible to keep our commitments?

Joel Penton says, “Yes it is possible” – he knows from experience. Like most of your students, Joel was put into situations in Middle school and high school where it would have been easy to compromise and break his commitments. However, he chose to rise above the pressure and keep the commitments he made in school, in football, and in life.

Joel will say that it takes character, it takes will and the road will be hard. But his personal experience is proof that ordinary people can accomplish great things by simply following through with the commitments they have made. Your students will be inspired and reminded of the importance of not just making commitments, but also keeping those commitments.

Joel Penton travels from Ohio