Top sports and entertainment personalities gathered on Feb. 10 at the Beal Center for Innovation at the UCI Research Park for a pre-Super Bowl celebration, where they shared leadership strategies, raised awareness and built financial support for the Sold Out Youth Foundation. The event, dubbed Legends & Leaders: Engaging, Inspiring & Challenging the Next Generation of Innovators was presented by LaserMED and Executive Next Practices Institute.
The evening raised more than $150,000 to support the nonprofit’s primary mission of educating, encouraging and challenging students to live a life of alcohol and drug abstinence through its school-based education program of life skills, overall health and wellness and fitness.
Event speakers included sports agent Leigh Steinberg, chairman of the board, Steinberg Sports & Entertainment; Roman Gabriel, CEO and president, Sold Out Youth Foundation, motivational speaker, The Roman Gabriel Show; David Meltzer, co-founder, Sports 1 Marketing; Vince Ferragamo, founder, Touchdown development; Deb Carson, national anchor and on-air talent, Fox Sports; Danielle Martin, former professional athlete and mental skills and performance couch; and Fred Dryer, actor and former defensive end, Los Angeles Rams, NFL.
“The Executive Next Practices Institute was pleased to host Roman Gabriel’s Sold Out Youth Foundation,” said Scott Hamilton, president and chief executive, ENP. “Our corporate, investor and community leader membership believes in what Roman is doing to inspire the youth of our county to a life of drug and alcohol abstinence via his incredible network of sports stars and their messages.”
Attivo Group LLC, Abbott Label, Menlo Micro, Rotolo, Corona Del Mar Properties and the LA Rams were among the additional event sponsors.