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World-renowned motivational speaker Reggie Dabbs visited Fridley Middle School on January 30, 2018 to deliver a positive and uplifting message -- “You can’t change your past, but you can change your future.”
Dabbs is an internationally-known public speaker and is popular with public school districts around the world. He also works with the National Football League and speaks to NFL rookies, as well as mentors several current NFL players.
Fridley Middle School Cultural Liaison Aloda Sims knew that this opportunity would be valuable to Fridley students.
“We were honored to have Reggie come here to speak to our students,” said Sims. “This turned out to be a wonderful success and our students really enjoyed him. He shared stories about love, about how it doesn’t matter where it comes from, how to embrace it, how to accept it, how it can enhance you, how it can help you grow.”
Dabbs has a way with connecting with young students and to inspire them to be the best that they can be. He has reached over 1.5 million students around the world through his public speaking engagements.
“You need to let kids know that they are going to be okay, no matter what they are going through. It may hurt today, but tomorrow has the answer to the problem that you’re facing today. It's all about hope,” said Dabbs.
Dabbs also credited Sims for being persistent in his visit to Fridley Middle School. As Super Bowl LII came to Minneapolis, Dabbs was touring the Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools area.
“But we’re at Fridley Middle School because she loves her kids enough to ensure that this program came here. Thank you to all the teachers, administration and staff who let me come here, and a special thank you to Ms. Sims for fighting for the right for her kids to hear this. It’s people like her that make things happen,” he said.