February 22, 2013
February 22, 2013
Beating the Odds Foundation presented a Quarterbacks of Life® assembly for three hundred eighty four (384) 5th – 8th grade students of Bellwood-Antis School District. Rulon Gardner, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, who serves as a Quarterback of Life® for Beating the Odds Foundation; and Rocco Scalzi, Founder and President of Beating the Odds Foundation addressed the students of their own success stories and the importance of never giving up on their dreams.
These middle school students have been participating in the Quarterbacks of Life® Student Success and Leadership Program for the past two school years under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Brian Toth, Principal Don Wagner, teachers Mrs. Susan Nycum and Mr. Rick Schreier, and guidance counselor, Mr. James Rumbarger. The program was made possible through the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, Walmart, Charles Caracciolo Steel & Metal Yard, U.S. Foods, DelGrosso Foods, and Bellwood-Antis School District Foundation.
For news coverage of the event by WTAJ-TV, click the following link: http://wearecentralpa.com/fulltext?nxd_id=439262
May 9, 2012
On May 9, 2012, Beating the Odds Foundation hosted a Quarterbacks of Life assembly program for 65 sixth graders of Brockway Area Elementary School, Borckway, PA. QBOL Kim Cooper, Southwest Airlines pilot, was the featured guest speaker. Rocco Scalzi, BTO Founder and President, also spoke to the students about having dreams, setting goals, overcoming challenges, and having a never give up attitude. Sixth grade students of Brockway Area Elementary School began participating in the Quarterbacks of Life® Student Mentoring Program during the 2011-2012 school year. Here are some comments from the students following the assembly:
1. Please keep doing this program!
Special thanks to Varischetti & Sons, Inc. for making this program possible to the students of Brockway Area Elementary School.
Kim Cooper, Southwest Airlines Pilot, who serves as a Quarterback of Life® for Beating the Odds Foundation addressed the students of her own success story and the importance of having a dream, setting goals, overcoming obstacles and most importantly, never giving up.
The assembly was featured in the Altoona Mirror on December 16, 2011.
Bob Wieland is best known for his walk across
On July 4, 2011, Bob left
Bob's journey was featured in The New York Times on November 5, 2011.
E! Entertainment interviewed Bethany and Quinton about their involvment with the Quarterbacks of Life Student Mentoring Program, which aired on E! News on April 6th. Click the link to view E! Entertainment's coverage of the red carpet. http://www.eonline.com/videos/v98760_.html
Soul Surfer is is the inspiring true story of professional surfer Bethany Hamilton (BTO's Co-Chair and QBOL), who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through the love of her family, her sheer determination and unwavering faith. The film features an all-star cast, including AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt, with Carrie Underwood in her film debut, and Dennis Quaid.
Soul Surfer hits theaters April 8, 2011.
(Bethany and Quinton at press day)
NEA featured an article on QBOL™ Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side) in their online newsletter, NEA Today Express, January edition. Please click this link to read the article. http://www.nea.org/home/41951.htm
Quinton Aaron spoke to children from across Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia about his participation as a Beating the Odds Foundation Quarterback of Life and shared his own "beating the odds" story.
“Let’s Read. Let’s Move.” is part of the Obama Administration’s “United We Serve” initiative, a nationwide effort of the White House and the Corporation for National and Community Service that calls on all Americans to make service a part of their daily lives.
To read a blog entry chronicling this event posted on the U.S. Department of Education site click here.
The rally featured several of the Beating the Odds Foundation’s “Quarterbacks of Life,” including two of the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights who parachuted at the rally; Quinton Aaron, co-star in the highly acclaimed movie, ‘The Blind Side’; Bob Wieland, Viet Nam War hero; Kim Cooper, pilot for Southwest Airlines; Adam Taliaferro, former Penn State football player who overcame a career ending injury; Bo Eason, actor and former NFL player; Katherine Speltz,16 year old aspiring performing arts student from Connecticut; and PJ Maierhofer, Penn State’s feature twirler.
The Quarterbacks of Life addressed the students about dreams, goals, obstacles and never giving up. The Quarterbacks of Life are real-life role models that have overcome obstacles in their lives, and they have triumphed. In the face of challenges, they did not give up. They have beaten the odds. Teacher-mentors share these motivational stories with their students as part of the Quarterbacks of Life Student Mentoring Program. View photos from this celebration!
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October 24, 2009
Beating the Odds Foundation was honored to be the charity of choice for a Karma Foundation event in Beverly Hills, CA. The Karma Foundation centers its mission around supporting and benefiting noble charitable causes, while providing its member base with networking opportunities to enrich their lives.
May 6, 2009
Beating the Odds Foundation hosted a Quarterbacks of Life school assembly program for fourth through sixth grade elementary students of the Altoona Area School District. Approximately 1,700 students and 100 teachers piloted the Quarterbacks of Life Student Mentoring Program during the 2008-2009 school year. Students and teachers got to meet and hear the stories of several of the Quarterbacks of Life mentors during the assembly. Check out pictures from this event!
September 17th-18th, 2008
Beating the Odds Foundation held a teacher training workshop for approximately 100 teachers of the Altoona Area School District, Altoona, PA. Teachers were trained by Dr. John Worzbyt, Curriculum Developer, how to integrate the Quarterbacks of Life Student Mentoring Program into their daily lesson plans.
May 1, 2008
Several thousand students who are a part of the Quarterbacks of Life Student Mentoring Program were treated by the Beating the Odds Foundation to a day at the Blair County Ballpark, Altoona, PA with the Altoona Curve and Rocco Scalzi, Roberto Clemente Jr., Kim Cooper, and Jen Moody of the Pittsburgh Passion.
February 2, 2008
Beating the Odds Foundation was a charity of choice at the Leigh Steinberg Super Bowl Party in Phoenix, AZ.
October 4, 2007
The second annual Beating the Odds Quarterback Club dinner was held on Thursday, October 4, 2007 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA. This event was chaired by Rocky Bleier (four-time Super Bowl Champion), and Former Senate President Pro Tempore (PA) Robert C. Jubelirer. Check out pictures from this event!
October 4, 2007
A school assembly program was held at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Altoona, Pennsylvania with members of the Quarterbacks of Life Team. View pictures from this event.
October 3, 2007
Students from Brownsville Area School Distrcit attended a special presentation at Heinz Field. The students had the opportunity to meet Rocco Scalzi, Bob Wieland, Rocky Bleier, Kim Cooper, and Pittsburgh Passion players.
October 17, 2006
The first annual Beating The Odds "Quarterback Club" dinner was celebrated at Heinz Field with an evening of motivational stories, educational student recognition, dinner and entertainment. Proceeds raised help support the Beating the Odds Foundation's Quarterbacks of Life Student Mentoring Program. Check out the pictures from this event!
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May 12, 2006
At the Vietnam Memorial, Washington DC, students heard Bob "Mr. Inspiration" Wieland speak of his 20 year anniversary of his Walk Across America. Students from the Washington DC School District joined Mr. Wieland and the Beating the Odds Foundation to celebrate and honor this accomplishment of his amazing walk on his arms across America. Serving as a medic during the Vietnam War, Bob lost both of his legs when he stepped on and detonated a mortar round, booby-trappedin the ground. Bob has become truly inspirational to America's youth by encouraging them to never give up on their dreams. Of his many accomplishments, since returning from Vietnam, Bob is best known for his amazing 2,784 mile walk, on his arms, across America that lasted 3 years, 8 months and 6 days. Bob serves as Chairman of Beating the Odds Foundation's Celebrity Advisory Board.
September 10, 2005
Penn State Alumni Adam Taliaferro, and Vietnam War Hero Bob Wieland participated in a special tribute to freedom at Beaver Stadium, during the Penn State vs. Cincinnati football game, September 10, 2005, on the four-year eve of 911.
Beating the Odds Foundation was honored to present, on this special occasion to Penn State, the original painting by renowned artist Johno Prascak capturing the special day of Adam’s memorable walk onto Beaver Stadium. Prascak, who was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Steelers to do a painting of Heinz Field, is the artist to have five limited edition prints in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The original painting is permanently on display in the Penn State All-Sports Museum. A limited edition print is available for purchase to benefit the Beating the Odds Foundation’s work of helping America’s youth become winners in life.
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May 10, 2005
The Beating the Odds Foundation held a Beating The Odds Rally at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA, on May 10, 2005. United States Senator Rick Santorum and Art Rooney II, President of The Pittsburgh Steelers, were Honorary Co-Chairmen. Beating The Odds, in partnership with Pennsylvania schools, brought 8,000 middle school students to Heinz Field to hear stories of dreams, obstacles, and never giving up. Hosted by Pittsburgh Steelers great, Rocky Bleier, and shark attack survivor and competitive surfer, Bethany Hamilton, unbelievable people representing the true meaning of “beating the odds” told their stories of tragedy and triumph, of hope and inspiration. Additional motivational speakers for the event were: Bob Wieland, a true American hero who lost both of his legs in Vietnam, Adam Taliaferro, a young promising football player at PSU who endured a career ending injury, Erik Weihenmayer, a blind mountain climber who has reached all of the highest peaks of the seven summits, and Curt Brinkman, an eight-time Paralympics medal winner and the first wheelchair racer to win the Boston Marathon.
May - June 2003
A Beating the Odds / Symbol of Freedom journey across Pennsylvania with Vietnam War Hero Bob Wieland. BTO teamed up with Mr. Wieland to visit school districts and encourage our youth to become winners in life. Students from these schools attended a motivational assembly and joined Bob as he walked on his hands a distance from their school.
Beating the Odds gathered 5,000 students at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA to celebrate Freedom and to remember all those who lost their lives on 911. This celebration included a military fly-over for the students.
The Beating the Odds message was recognized as part of a tribute presented in San Antonio, Texas to Arnold Spielberg, father of film producer Steven Spielberg. Mr. Spielberg was honored for his service to his country in WWII and for inspiring the making of "Saving Private Ryan."
Beating the Odds / A Celebration of Freedom was the message for thousands of school children as former President George Bush, Bob Hope, James Earl Jones and 100 recipients of our nation's highest military honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor, gathered in Philadelphia to remember the past, and to bring hope and inspiration to the future.
September - October 1995
The Beating the Odds message was shared with hundreds of thousands of people each Sunday in NFL cities across America as Vietnam War Hero Bob Wieland pedaled his arm pedaled bicycle from Philadelphia, PA to Los Angeles, CA and down to Jacksonville, Florida, covering 6200 miles.
Rocco Scalzi and Rocky Bleier shared their stories with the Junior Olympic athletes in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Scalzi and Mr. Bleier encouraged the athletes to beat the odds not only in sports, but in life.
The Beating the Odds message was shared with 15,000 students from the Pittsburgh, PA school districts. Dreams, Goals, Obstacles and to never Give Up were the topics shared by individuals who lived through such experiences and now help to inspire America's youth to never give up on their dreams.