Sporty King from WGN-TV




Sporty’s inspirational messages were featured on WGN television affiliate stations across America for over three years. This former Wall Street Journal executive finished as one of the Top 9 speakers in the world in Toastmasters International’s World Championship of Public Speaking.

As he tells the story of his life, he reminds his audience to create the story of their life by believing in themselves and having a positive attitude and vocabulary. He gives practical and empathetic advice on ways to avoid bullying not only of others but of self.

Sporty was consistently on the program at the Chicago Archdiocese of Chicago’s Young Adult Ministry seminar. He was public speaking instructor at Harold Washington College and Prologue Alternative High School; Past Board president, member and volunteer at the Dr. M.L.K., Jr. Boys & Girls Club. Sporty’s belief is that we touch children’s lives by re-educating and refreshing adults. Thus his message is well received with parents and auxiliary organizations as well as youth.

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Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, Illinois
“Rarely have I seen teacher more willing to give up their class time in favor of a guest speaker. In fact, they go out of their way to combine classes so that more students might enjoy the uplifting and positive messages presented by Sporty. I urge you to continue your support of Sporty King. He is a great gift to the community.  He not only helps students, but he has been a tremendous motivator for our teachers.  Thank you for helping him stay around.”
  Will Stigall, Assistant Principal  

St. Stanislaus Kostas School, Michigan City, Indian
Sporty King’s motivational talk invites kids to think deeply about their personal reactions to put-downs and subsequently to  realize they themselves have the power to change their own lives and the lives of their peers. Sporty persuades with his personal story  and interactive approach; he sets high the standard for social understanding; he asks them to empathize. After the presentation to the students, Hey U.G.L.Y. also conducts a session for teachers and an evening session for parents. This presentation by Hey U.G.L.Y.’s is an effective stop bullying initiative – an emotional, experiential learning so the kids can learn to have compassion and understand the importance of treating each other in a fair and a good way.” Dr. Sue Bryant, Principal

Berrien Regional Education Service Agency (RESA), Berrien, Michigan“From the time the Hey U.G.L.Y.’s acronym was explained until the closing poem, our audience was mesmerized by
Sporty King’s commanding delivery and the compelling content of his message. The message, crucial for students and teachers,
is that positive thinking and the  dividends of health and harmony are a catalyst for change in yourself, and then your environment.”
Janie Colton

Paderewski Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois
“I used a motivational speaker named Sporty King who came into my school and transformed my entire student body.
I know we have all had motivational speakers who have done something in our schools, but this guy is a miracle worker.
Whenever someone finds a person that is really good, I think it is important that we share that information.”  Momma Hawk, Principal