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Tony Hoffman          

Pro BMX Competitor & Addiction Recovery Advocate

After paroling prison on December 13, 2008, Tony Hoffman started living out his dream, with his addiction behind him. Hoffman is a Former BMX Elite Pro and placed 2nd at the 2016 World Championships in Medellin Colombia in the Masters Pro class. Hoffman coached Women’s Elite Pro, Brooke Crain, to a 4th place finish at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil. His story is full of redemption as he has seen some of the highest highs, and the lowest lows.

Hoffman has presented on the prestigious TEDx stage and his Goalcast video that went viral in February of 2020 has been viewed more than 10 million times. He is the Founder and Director of The Freewheel Project, a non-profit organization that mentors thousands of youth through action sports. Today, Hoffman is one of the most requested substance abuse speakers in the country, traveling over 200 days a year to share his inspiring story with various audiences. In 2021, he will be finishing his highly anticipated autobiography, “From Prison To The Olympics- The Tony Hoffman Story."

Hoffman’s future goal is to open the Tony Hoffman Wellness Center where he hopes to redirect the lives of those struggling with addiction onto the path of sobriety and purpose.

Hoffman has been sober since May 17th, 2007. His BMX career started in high school, as he was a top-ranked BMX amateur with multiple endorsements. As a native of Clovis, Ca, where he attended Clovis High School, Hoffman started drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, and using prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin by his senior year. His life took a turn for the worse as he became addicted at such a young age, losing everything.

In 2004 Hoffman committed a home invasion armed robbery, and was ultimately sent to prison for two years in 2007. Hoffman had violated his probation and knows the depths of addiction, and understands the despair addicts go through as even a ten-year prison sentence threat, could not stop him from using during his probation. Hoffman 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.

Hoffman is a changed man, and inspires so many to live their life with purpose. Hoffman 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.

Speech Topics

Hitting Rock Bottom to Recovering from Addiction

Tony Hoffman had it all. He was a top ranked Amateur BMX rider, on the cover of a magazine, and received many endorsements. However, one fateful choice when hanging out with the wrong crowd changed his life forever. From hitting rock bottom as a severe drug addict to coming out alive on the other side, Hoffman shares his personal story of recovery. After being in prison, he became a world class athlete, won 5 pro races, and was offered a spot in an Olympic Development camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. His struggles are very real, but through personal experience and a conscious effort to make a change, he allows audiences into his world as a champion for rehab and recovery.

Education First

As a student, Pro BMX Competitor Tony Hoffman saw school as a waste of time. This led him down a turbulent road. He became a drug addict, followed the wrong crowd and eventually ended up in prison for two years. While behind bars, he reflected on his bad decisions and their dire consequences. It was only then that he experienced an epiphany, realizing the apathy he felt towards education had carried over into all other aspects of his life, destroying his innate talents.

In this speech, Hoffman motivates students to understand the importance of education and working hard to set goals for success in the classroom and beyond. Also, when addressing community members, he inspires them by sharing the profound role mentors, educators, parents and coaches played as he turned his life around. Each person offered him sound advice, a different perspective and allowed him to reconsider his poor choices. Those people who supported Hoffman from the beginning through his trials and tribulations became instrumental in where he is personally today. As he shares his insights with audiences, young people will be inspired to make good choices and understand why dangerous behaviors and decisions can lead to severe consequences.

The Stairway to Faith: All Things are Possible

Tony Hoffman is asked regularly, “How did you escape your addictions?” His answer is simple: A God he came to believe in through an unbelievable spiritual story. Hoffman shares his personal experiences with drug addiction, the influence God played in it, and how everything eventually came together for the world class athlete. As the founder of the Freewheel Project through divine intervention, Hoffman explains to audiences how success is a series of calculated leaps of faith. Sometimes, we don't know how we are going to get to our destination, and faith serves as our compass. While telling a breathtaking story, he provides anecdotes on how faith allowed him to overcome the odds, reaching the many goals he had set for himself.

From The Point of No Return to Overcoming Adversity: My Personal Journey

How many times have you said to yourself, “It's too late now, there's no point in continuing?” Tony Hoffman went from a star BMX athlete on the cover of magazines with corporate endorsements to the streets of West Fresno as a homeless drug addict and a prison inmate. However, upon realizing his true potential and that it is never too late to go after your dreams, he was able to turn his life around. Hoffman became a world class athlete at the professional ranks of BMX racing and later started the Freewheel Project. This keynote is a walk through the life, perspective and choices Hoffman has made and the places it took him thereafter. Let him tell your audience how he overcame his darkest demons and instead, made them the fuel for his own success.

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