"You and Bob Wieland are truly American heroes but more importantly you are both
tremendous role models for today's youth. Our time together was short but our
memories of you will last a lifetime!"
Bob Eichensehr, Principal, Lycoming Valley Middle School
"I salute Rocco Scalzi, Rocky Bleier, Bob Wieland and the many other individuals who have beaten the odds and are now playing an indispensible role in the fight to combat drug abuse and its consequences. Your many contributions are recognized and deeply appreciated."
Dick Thornburgh, Former U.S. Attorney General and Former Pennsylvania Governor
"Beating the Odds is a message worthy for us to long remember. Today, as I walked through Hillview, I heard numerous discussions of excited students talking about yesterday. Several parents also expressed their appreciation for the experience their child had."
Richard Bonnar, Principal, Hillview School
"The feedback from our staff and students has been nothing short of tremendous, with students continuing to discuss their experiences. All who were fortunate enough to attend could only benefit from hearing first hand the trials and tribulations of people who truly beat the odds."
Joseph J. Foriska, Principal, Stevens Elementary School
"This inspiring program celebrates the human will to survive against overwhelming obstacles. Thanks to PENNFREE, the Governor's plan for a drug-free Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth is proud to be a partner in Beating the Odds, and we look forward to the program's use all across Pennsylvania."
"By establishing your Beating the Odds program to help our youth fight the plague of substance abuse, you are making a strong and lasting commitment to America's future. I salute you for your vision, enthusiasm, and unparalleled spirit of service. You bring honor to us all."
Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States of America
"Goes to show what can happen when caring citizens get together and roll up their sleeves contributing to a cause larger than yourself and becoming a leader. As President, I call this kind of work being one of a Thousand Points of Light."
George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States of America
"It is very evident that this nation faces a critical juncture, and if we do not rescue at-risk youth from the threshold of academic and social failure, we risk an uncertain future. More than merely gathering statistical data, Beating the Odds mentors are on the front lines, providing positive guidance to students and their families. This individual and community building program emphasizes the development of the whole person, and enables troubled youth to transcend their past difficulties."
Arlen Spector, U.S. Senator
"Without a doubt, this is an outstanding program and deserves the wholehearted support of all of us who believe that our young people are our future. Unless our youth can overcome life's obstacles and come out winners, our society will be the losers and succumb because we did not attempt to Beat the Odds."
Frank J. Meloy, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education
"Beating the Odds presented by Rocco Scalzi encourages personal growth and hope to all ages for a bright future. I applaud Mr. Scalzi for his continuing effort in providing educational programs for our schools and country. Please consider offering your welcomed help with Rocco Scalzi's quality endeavors. They are sound investments in America's future."
Joseph Macharola, Superintedent of Cambria Heights School District and Associate Professor at Saint Francis University
Edward G. Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania
"The Beating the Odds Foundation is a wonderful example of how mentoring and motivation can inspire young people to take control of their lives and to raise their personal expectations and goals."
Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak, PA Secretary of Education