feedback from health & fitness industry
Over the years, people involved in amateur & professional sports as well as those affiliated with other health & fitness-related fields have sent in feedback on one of Greg's speeches and/or the books based on his story and/or some aspect of his real-life story. Here is a sample:
Michele Canning, Head Coach, St. John's University women's soccer team: "I thoroughly enjoyed The First Thirty and feel it is going to be invaluable for our season and beyond. There are so many ways to apply the themes of the book and I know our season will present plenty of "teachable moments". It will be fantastic to have common lessons and language to process through all that the next few months will bring for our team...I would highly recommend the book to colleagues..."
Amber W, Team in Training, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: “…I’m definitely recommending that my staff read this book. It’s full of great life lessons and work lessons, especially for those in the nonprofit sector.”
Bryan, collegiate wrestler & cancer survivor: "Greg's speech opened up my mind to a lot of things...I am a cancer survivor now three months into my remission... I've started training for the first time in ten months, and I will be competing [in a few weeks]. Now Greg inspired this thought...win or lose, the fact that I overcame such an hurdle in life and bounced back from it with hardly any fear [is an accomplishment to be proud of]...without Greg coming [to our school] and speaking, I would have never seen my cancer as a chance of hope and positive reinforcement."
Chay Genoway, former Captain of the University of North Dakota hockey team and NHL draft pick: "Greg...has a different outlook on life. He has impacted so many people...I was lucky enough to get the chance to hear him speak. I now look at many aspects of my life differently...I felt as though he was speaking right to me. I have always thought of myself as a leader, but I want to do more with my leadership…I hope I can hear him speak again. His stories just make so much sense…”
Michael Volpatti, Director of Community Relations, Toronto Blue Jays: "It was a pleasure listening to Greg speak to students in Toronto. He delivered a positive message to the students...No action is too small and we all have the ability to make a positive difference in our community. I also just finished The First Thirty and must say, I really enjoyed it."
Jen K, coordinated the event for Boston University athletics: “It was a pleasure working with him and I’ve heard lots of great feedback from students today, so I think they really enjoyed his message.”
Ethan Medley, New York Giants: "I've worked with Greg for consecutive years. His ability to bring people together is off the charts, and his love of life is contagious. We've enjoyed partnering with him on his projects in our area, as he continues to spread a fun message on the joys of teamwork and believing in one another, which are two core principles of our team."
Todd, a father of two in Missouri (after hearing about Greg's opportunity to 'try out' for pro baseball at age 36): "...I am so very pleased to have learned of this story. He may not make the team, in fact failure is almost certain. The message is that shooting for your dreams requires one to accept the fact that they might not come true....and the real dream is to have no fear in their pursuance...I shall share this story with my little boys when they are old enough to take the field."
Colby, former Hope College student-athlete & now a teacher: "Greg [taught me] how small moments of kindness can positively affect people [in our community and far beyond it]…his words have pushed me to understand the greater man does the right thing even when everyone else is not looking, which is why I have succeeded thus far in my life."