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WSC Multicultural Center and Student Activities Board
to Host "Taking the Lead"

 

The Wayne State College Multicultural Center and Student Activities Board will host "Taking the Lead" on Feb. 18 in the Frey Conference Suite of the Student Center. The event includes a dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a discussion at 8 p.m. in Gardner Auditorium of the Gardner Business Building. Dinner tickets are available for $5 each at the Multicultural Center.


The speakers for the evening include Jay Foreman, Chris Rizzo and Eliel Swinton.


Foreman was an All-Big 12 Conference Selection for the University of Nebraska and played eight years in the National Football League. Foreman served as Nebraska's middle linebacker during the 1997 national championship season. He ranks 14th on the Huskers' all-time tackles chart with 233 and was the team captain his senior year. Foreman was a semi-finalist for the Dick Butkus award in 1998.

Foreman made two postseason appearances during his NFL career and joined the Houston Texans during their first three seasons as a franchise. He achieved five consecutive seasons of more than 100 tackles, two of which he recorded more than 200 tackles.

During his time in Houston, Foreman began a charitable foundation known as "Foreman Friends," an organization that assists abused, underprivileged kids in group-homes. He used this platform help fight diabetes and feed needy families on thanksgiving. Today Jay Foreman and his father, Chuck Foreman, are the founders of Foreman & Foreman Enterprises. The company is the umbrella of their real estate investments and Jay's commercial carpet cleaning business and also public speaking schedule, which focuses on leadership and motivation. Jay Foreman is the son of a Minnesota Vikings great who made it to the pro bowl five-times.


Chris Rizzo was born in 1978 in Santa Monica, Calif., and raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. While growing up he attended public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, one of the largest school districts in the United States. He was heavily involved in sports growing up, playing baseball and football for many years. He attended Moorpark Community College in Moorpark, Calif., playing football and earning an associate degree in 1998. After Moorpark he received a football scholarship at Wayne State College. Rizzo left the Los Angeles area for Wayne, Neb., in the summer of 1998 for a new challenge. Although there was an adjustment period, Wayne opened his eyes to the differences between the regions of the United States. 


After graduating from Wayne State in 2002, he returned home to Southern California.  He began working in the Los Angeles Unified School District as a substitute teacher and high school football coach. In 2004, he began teaching his own classes. Since then he has taught biology, computers, algebra and physical education at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif. Taft has a wide arrange of students. Some are bused in from inner city while others are from the affluent area the school is in. Rizzo said he has found his niche working with inner city kids.
Eliel Swinton is a private trainer and mentor devoted to Playtime and Baller Training School. Prior to starting CarPe Diem Sports Academy, Swinton was a sales executive for Discus Dental. He worked in the entertainment industry as a production assistant and as an actor, playing running back Wendell Brown in the movie Varsity Blues. 


Swinton signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs after college, but his career was cut short due to an injury. He is a former All-American High School athlete and Stanford graduate with 10-15 years experience with youth athletics. He earned his bachelor's in communications from Stanford University, where he was a four year starter and captain of the football team. His responsibilities at CarPe Diem Sports Academy are to develop the mission of the corporation, oversee the departments that implement the company's purpose and advance the corporation. Swinton balances his work life by serving as a staff member and on the steering committee of several groups involved with mentoring and empowerment of children.

 

For more information, please contact the Multicultural Center at 402-375-7749.

 

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