Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel Rudy Ruettiger in twenty seven seconds, carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
The son of an oil refinery worker and third of 14 children, Rudy rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success. Today, he is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States. It took years of fierce determination to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Rudy achieved his first dream - to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish. As fans cheered RU-DY, RU-DY, he sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career. He is the only player in the school's history to be carried off the field on his teammates' shoulders.
In 1993, TRISTAR Productions immortalized his life story with the blockbuster film, RUDY. Written and produced by Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh, the award-winning team who brought us HOOSIERS, the critically acclaimed RUDY received Two Thumbs Up from Siskel and Ebert and continues to inspire millions worldwide.
Today, a highly sought after motivational speaker, Rudy entertains international corporate audiences with a unique, passionate, and heartfelt style of communicating. He reaches university students, corporate audiences and professional athletes with the same enthusiasm, portraying the human spirit that comes from his personal experiences of adversity and triumph. His captivating personality and powerful message of YES I CAN stays with his audiences forever.
Rudy shares the speaking platform with great leaders and speakers including President George Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, Peter Lowe, Joe Montana, General Colin Powell, Christopher Reeve, and Zig Zigler. Rudy's opening remarks receive thunderous applause and standing ovations from audiences of 200 to 20,000 people who emotionally chant RU-DY, RU-DY! A few of Rudy's appearances include People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, US Magazine, Readers Digest, Inside Sports, The 700 Club, NFL Films, ABC Good Morning America, NBC Talk Live, Regis and Kathy Lee, Montel Williams Show, Entertainment Tonight, and others.
In addition to his motivational speaking, Rudy has co-authored several books, including: RUDY'S INSIGHTS FOR WINNING IN LIFE, RUDY'S LESSONS FOR YOUNG CHAMPIONS, and RUDY & FRIENDS, and has produced the DREAM POWER tape series.
He has recently established the RUDY FOUNDATION, whose mission is to help children of all ages around the world reach their full potential. The Rudy Foundation develops and supports programs that positively impact the lives of children cognitively, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The Rudy Award Program was created by the Rudy Ruettiger Foundation to recognize children who make an outstanding, exceptional effort to do their personal best everyday, overcome obstacles, set goals, stay on track to reach their Dreams and build the qualities of Character, Courage, Contribution, and Commitment into their lives everyday. The Rudy Award is about a child's heart, will to change, and desire for self-improvement.
RUDY RUETTIGER - DREAM BIG AND NEVER QUIT
RUDY discusses his 10 insights for winning in life from his book RUDY’S INSIGHTS and combines those thoughts with his story from his most current book RUDY MY STORY. This journey will give audiences a source for positive thoughts and inspiration that they can apply to their own lives both on and off the job. Creating stronger individuals with a positive mind set raises the bar and creates a stronger team in the workplace to accomplish the common goals of the company.
VOICES OF RUDY
Rudy talks about how to tune out the negative voices in our head that stop our progress. He shows us how to replace those thoughts with the positive voices that help to propel us forward and keep us focused to forge ahead. Rudy will show video clips from his own life and how he overcame the struggles on the journey to his Dream.
RUDY RUETTIGER - THE JOURNEY TO THE MOVIE
Rudy tells his story and shares his journey from getting into Notre Dame to Making the movie RUDY!
His presentation is choreographed to a video production that brings this true story to life for the audience. He offers a 15 min Q&A immediately following his presentation and closes with a meet and greet for photos and autographs with your top executives and sponsors.
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The Rudy Team can also bring Corporate Training to YOU!
Rudy will come to your college or university and give his motivational presentation to the students. His message of overcoming obstacles and staying on track to reach your Dreams will inspire your audience and bring them to their feet! Rudy's presentation includes a video production that touches the spirit and impacts the students with an overwhelming "Yes I Can" attitude.
To add a special touch to your event and keep Rudy's message alive in your group, Rudy will be available immediately following the event to meet and greet the audience and offer his books and tapes to your group along with a personalized autograph on any item purchased. You can choose Option 1 or 2. Option 1: The college or university may purchase any of Rudy's product in advance at a discount, and may either use it as a give-a-way or as a fundraiser to sell at retail after the event. Option 2: Rudy will have his product available for sale after the event at no expense to the client. All proceeds from product sales goes to the Rudy Foundation for children. Visit our website at www.rudyint.com for more information on the Rudy Foundation.
(Note) Suggestions for funding Rudy's college and university program may include: grants obtained by your college or university for such services, corporate and small business sponsorships or fundraiser
For Elementary, Middle & High School
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