On Monday, October 26 the Stockton Arena and Ballpark will be hosting an inspirational event brought to the area by the United Way. The Tru Hope Youth Summit will provide Stockton youth with positive life choices and give them the opportunity to hear from special guest speakers, including: Tyronne Gross, Jeremy Bates, and Dallas Braden.
Stockton native, Tyronne Gross, will be one of the guest speakers at the summit. Tyronne played football for Sacramento State and Eastern Oregon University and went on to play in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers. Although his time in the NFL was not long, Tyronne took his experience and everything he learned and became a motivational speaker and works with The Table Community Foundation; a non-profit organization created to impact communities through positive changes in the youth.
Jeremy Bates has 19 years of experience as a youth development advocate and educator, including seven years as a youth drug and alcohol prevention specialist. Jeremy grew up in a family of dysfunction and addiction and uses his experience accompanied by live music to get the message across to youth that it is okay to “HOPE more, LEARN more, LOVE more and DO more.”
Hometown hero, Dallas Braden, who originated from Stockton and went on to play in the MLB for the Oakland Athletics is one of the summits highlighted guest speakers. Dallas gives back to the city of Stockton by helping give food and money to local charities and personally collecting and distributing food to the needy on Thanksgiving. The University of the Pacific awarded Dallas with the Annual Community Service Award and even though Dallas now works for ESPN as the lead baseball analyst during the playoffs, he makes time to donate and give back to the community he grew up in.
The Tru Hope Youth Summit is a FREE event for all high school students in the San Joaquin County and includes a free bus ticket, lunch, and health and resource fair.