NFL Hall of Fame inductee and Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell will present the 2013 Phoenix Rising Award to Leigh Steinberg, Sports Agent & Lawyer, Steinberg Sports & Entertainment during the 10th Annual Triumph for Teens Gala on June 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills. What is more appropriate than having a revered athlete with a history of overcoming personal issues appear at the Triumph for Teens that celebrates the victories of young people over addiction? At the Triumph for Teens we honor the brave teens who changed their lives and those individuals whose accomplishments have positive influences on the health and welfare of our communities — especially the youth of our community.
The Football Path to Success – Earl Campbell
Earl Campbell, a Texas native, overcame a youth of poverty to win a Heisman Trophy and would go on to join the Houston Oilers as the organizations first overall pick in the 1978 draft. His professional career was marked by his ability to sustain a hit. He is known for his strength and the fearlessness of his play. He rose out of the ashes of poverty to become a force on the football field. He is revered for winning the Heisman trophy and restoring the hopes of Houston football fans when he joined the Oilers in 1978.
Born in Tyler, Texas, Campbell was the sixth of eleven children of Bert and Ann Campbell. His father picked roses, worked in a convenience store and died when Earl was eleven years old. Raised by his mother, he was heavily counted on, along with his siblings, to carry a greater responsibility within the family. His love for football was discovered in the fifth grade. In high school he became a running back and led his team to an undefeated season and a state championship in 1973. He went on to the University of Texas in 1974. During his freshman season, he rushed for 928 yards and received the Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year Award. In 1977 he won the Heisman Trophy racking up an impressive 1,744 yards rushing and earned a degree in Speech Communications.
Career Highlights: First player taken in 1978 NFL Draft. . .Texas All-America, Heisman Trophy winner. . .NFL rushing champion, Player of Year, All-Pro, Pro Bowl choice, 1978, 1979, 1980. . .Career high 1,934 yards rushing including four 200-yard rushing games, 1980. . . Career stats: 9,407 yards, 74 TDs rushing, 121 receptions, 806 yards. . . Played in five Pro Bowls and two Division Championship games.
Years of playing football took a toll on Campbell’s body, and after multiple surgeries he found relief through prescription painkillers and alcohol, which eventually took over his life. Three years ago, with the help and encouragement of his two sons, Campbell courageously took on the challenge of living drug- and alcohol-free. We are thrilled to have him with us to celebrate the victories of teens in treatment and present the award to his friend and agent.
Super Charitable Super Agent – Leigh Steinberg
Leigh Steinberg is honored for his achievements in sports representation and contributions to humanitarian causes, which includes setting the standard for hundreds of athletes to serve as positive role models who give back to their communities. His influence has resulted in more than $800 million donated to hundreds of charities and scholarships nationwide.
During his 30-year career, Steinberg has represented over 150 professional athletes in football, baseball, basketball, boxing and Olympic sports. He has represented the No. 1 pick overall in the NFL draft a record eight times, a milestone unmatched within the sports industry. His clients included: Steve Bartkowski, Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Kordell Stewart, Jeff George, Ben Roethlisberger, Myron Rolle, Matt Leinart, Mark Brunell, Ricky Williams, Howie Long, Eric Karros, Dusty Baker, Lennox Lewis, Oscar de la Hoya and John Starks. His career has inspired the screenwriters of the film “Jerry Maguire” and he frequently consulted on film and TV projects. While negotiating over $2 billion in contract on behalf of his clients, Steinberg has insisted that every contract requires the athlete to make charitable contributions to the community – their hometown, high school, university or national charities and foundations.
Mr. Steinberg’s personal charitable activities including the support of Human Relations Commission, Children Now, Children’s Miracle Network, CORO Fellows Program, the Starlight Foundation, Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Junior Achievement and the University of California at Berkeley. He did not forget about his own high school and created the Steinberg Leadership Institute, a nationwide program of the Anti-Defamation League teaching students the ideals of tolerance and charity.
Tireless Public Service of David E.I. Pyott
David E.I. Pyott, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO, Allergan, Inc. will receive the Public Service Award for his accomplishments in transforming Allergan into a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company, and philanthropic leadership through The Allergan Foundation, which has been responsible for granting more than $30 million to charitable organizations and improving communities where Allergan employees live and work.
Mr. David E. I. Pyott has been the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Allergan Inc., a subsidiary of Allergan Medical S.A.R.L since April 2001, since January 1998 and since March 27, 2011, respectively. Mr. Pyott serves as the President of the Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation. He served as the President of Allergan Inc. from January 1998 to February 1, 2006 and Chief Administrative Officer since August 1, 2010. He refocused Allergan’s strategy on specialty pharmaceuticals as well as restructuring its worldwide operations. He previously held leadership positions at Novartis AG, Sandoz Nutrition Corp. He has been a Director of Allergan Inc. since 1998, MAP Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since March 1, 2013 and as an Independent Director of Edwards Lifesciences Corp. since 2000. He has been a Director at Avery Dennison Corporation since November 1999 and its Lead Independent Director since April 22, 2010. He serves as a Director of Pacific Mutual Holding Company and Pacific LifeCorp. He serves as a Director At Large of Biotechnology Industry Organization. He serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at EyeCare America.
Mr. Pyott is the Chairman of the California Healthcare Institute. He is Vice Chair of the Chief Executive Roundtable for UCI. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Mr. Pyott is a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Council of Ophthalmology Foundation. He is a Member of the Directors’ Board of the University of California (Irvine) Graduate School of Management. Mr. Pyott holds a Diploma in German and European Law from the Europa Institute at the University of Amsterdam, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Edinburgh, and an MBA from the London Business School.
David Hasselhoff Will Host the Event
The 10th Annual Triumph for Teens Gala will be held on June 6, 2013 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Crystal Ballroom (9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210). In order to register, sponsor, or purchase individual tickets visit the Registration Site. Please contact John Peterson at 1 888 671 9392 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event will be hosted by actor David Hasselhoff (www.davidhasselhoff.com) and attended by friends of Phoenix House, including Lauren Mayhew (laurenmayhew.com) who hosted the very first Triumph for Teens Gala and performed at our event in 2012.
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