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Student-Athlete Conference

Thursday, April 11, 2024: Neumann University | Aston, PA
April 11, 2024

Neumann University
1 Neumann Drive

Aston, PA 19014

Learn from dynamic and engaging leaders as they share their experiences in and out of the arena.

Fit to Lead is a one-day, in-person leadership conference for high school and college student-athletes. The conference will address contemporary issues that impact a student-athlete being a leader and role model on and off the playing field. Sessions will be presented in large and small-group settings led by outstanding motivational speakers, professional athletes, college facilitators, and Snider alumni. Special guest speakers will share inspirational messages, stories of overcoming adversity, and utilizing the power of positive influence. 


There is no fee to register for the Fit to Lead conference. 



Sergeant Noah Galloway, a Birmingham, Alabama native, is the personification of valor and resilience. This Purple Heart awarded double amputee decided to join the military as a result of the September 11th terror attacks. However, his battles didn’t end in the field when he was forced to adapt to a life with only two limbs after an IED attack during Operation Iraqi Freedom which would take his left leg above the knee and his left arm above the elbow. Noah’s incredible journey to mental and physical wellness is one that he shares in his memoir titled Living with No Excuses; the Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier.  The words, “No Excuses,” became Noah’s mantra, as he rose out of a post trauma depression via his reinvigorating passion for fitness.

His victories at what one would expect him to see as impossible competition and obstacle races would find Noah gaining a national spotlight. He became the first veteran and amputee to be featured on the cover of Men’s Health magazine earning their “Ultimate Guy” title in 2014 and landing him on the Ellen show.  Noah also became a finalist on the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars and would win the debut season of FOX’s American Grit.

As a result of the honorable position he gained with a national platform, Noah wanted to give back, so he launched the No Excuses Charitable Fund, which raises money and awareness for organizations that support causes which mean the most to Noah. Now, as a fitness enthusiast and motivational sought after public speaker, Noah shares his story to encourage audiences and his fans to embrace the “No Excuses” lifestyle on their way to an enhanced mental and physical wellness.

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Billy King joined TurnkeyZRG as a Managing Director in January 2024, bringing with him over two decades of experience in Sports & Entertainment. He is a former NBA TV Analyst and co-host of the 94 WIP Morning Show, general manager of the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, as well as former team president of the Philadelphia 76ers, where he led the team to the NBA Finals in 2001.


Billy served as an Assistant Coach of the Indiana Pacers for four seasons and Assistant Coach at Illinois State University before joining the professional ranks. He is a graduate of Duke University where he was Captain of the basketball team, part of the 1986 and 1988 Final Four teams, and named the NABC National Defensive Player of the Year in 1988.


A highly effective leader in professional sports, Billy has served on charitable boards throughout the last 18 years for organizations that include USA Field Hockey, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Ed Snider Youth Hockey & Education. He thrives on the opportunity to inspire and empower others to reach their full potential, driving organizational success through collaboration and innovation.



As a licensed barber, manager, and instructor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tyrik Jackson is known as the “Educators Educator.” His live feeds on Instagram, #TyrikTalksTuesday, started at the Premier Barber Institute Right outside of Philadelphia, where he is owner and partner. This is where he progresses his passion for cosmetology and barbering. He is also the owner of Sharper ImageBarber Shops I & II in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he resides with his wife Nicole and three children, Ajanai, Zuri, and Ari.

Tyrik was the winner of the renowned 2006 Bronner Brothers Barber Battle in Atlanta, Georgia, where an audience of more than 22,000 spectators watched as Tyrik was given the name “X-Factor.” He won eight additional competitions from 2006–2007, including three Glynn Jackson Golden Scissor Awards. From 2007–2008, Tyrik traveled the country as a Platform Artist working various Trade Shows teaching barbers and stylists the 'tricks of the trade’ and creating a conduit between Cosmetology and Barbering.


His community service has included involvement in the 2005 “Achievement Matters, Don't Waste Your Mind” Awards event, hosted by the Urban League of Lancaster County and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the James Street Improvement District. Tyrik has been a strong advocate of community outreach programs for young people and continues to influence local youth through his motivational speeches.


Katherine (Kat) Judge joined Snider in 2022 and currently serves as Coordinator, Life Skills, where she creates curriculum and oversees life skills delivery across all age-based programs.


Prior to arriving at Snider, Kat worked with youth and families as both an outpatient and school based clinical therapist in Wilmington, DE. Additionally, Kat was a Division 1 lacrosse captain at Winthrop University, where she graduated with a social work degree. Kat moved to Philadelphia and received her Master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Pennsylvania.


Jeanne Craft is an accomplished performance psychologist with more than 25 years of leadership service to individuals and corporate, education and sports organizations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. An effective Strengths-based leadership consultant, Jeanne has conducted numerous programs, working with entities to create a positive impact on culture, through investment in the organization’s greatest asset – human capital. Jeanne’s adventure-based leadership programs are tailored to fit the team, culture, and goals, so the experience is a unique and interactive session which fosters camaraderie, teambuilding and personal growth.

Jeanne competes at a national level in tennis and platform tennis as well as golf and pickleball. As a certified tennis and pickleball professional and former NCAA tennis coach, Jeanne incorporates fun, dynamic and competitive strategies into her programs with the ultimate goal to be the best version of yourself.

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Amy Fadool is a sports anchor for NBC Sports Philadelphia. Viewers can watch her during Sixers Pre- and Post-Game Live, as well as on the anchor desk for SportsNet Central several times a week.


“The best part of my job is connecting with the fans and giving them the best access to our teams,” said Amy. “One of the longest and best days of my career has been covering the Eagles Super Bowl championship win in 2018. The passion of Philly sports fans is truly unrivaled.”


A three-time regional Emmy award winning sports anchor, Amy joined NBC Sports Philadelphia in January of 2009. Prior to that, she served as a sports anchor/reporter in Baltimore and Nashville. She attended the University of Kentucky where she studied Broadcast Journalism.


Amy is a proud supporter of the American Cancer Society and serves as chair for the Philly Golf Classic. When she’s not on air, you can find Amy on the golf course or spending time with her family.



Riley Cote is a former Canadian professional ice hockey left winger and formerly an assistant coach with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL). He played eight years of professional hockey including four in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Philadelphia Flyers.


His hard style of play eventually took its toll and he decided to retire from playing and committed to a life dedicated to self-care, mindfulness, and personal development. He decided to take accountability of his actions through self-respect and self-discovery as he believes our choices and daily behaviors not only define us, but promote growth and healing. Along the way, he realized that a key component of this pathway is helping others find health and wellness, which inspired the creation of the Cote Culture.


Jasmine Martinez has been an active member of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey & Education program for 19 years. Through Snider, she has been afforded many opportunities both personally and professionally. A few of these experiences consist of attending the 2010 Winter Classic in Boston, announcing the first draft pick in 2022 for the Philadelphia Flyers, interning with Comcast Spectacor during her Junior and Senior year of high school, and most recently being hired full time as Coordinator, Community Relations and Hockey Development for the Philadelphia Flyers. She is a graduate of Neumann University as a Goals and Assist Scholar, earning a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and master’s degree in Sport Business. Jasmine is excited to live out her dream of working with the Community Relations team for the Flyers!


  • 8:00am | Doors Open & Check-in 
    (boxed breakfast available)

  • 9:00am | Welcome Address

  • 9:30am | Morning Keynote: Noah Galloway

  • 10:20am | Morning Breakout 1: Tyrik Jackson

  • 11:10am | Morning Breakout 2: Katherine Judge

  • 12:00pm | Lunch (boxed lunch available)

  • 1:00pm | Afternoon Keynote: Billy King

  • 1:45pm | Afternoon Breakout 1: Jeanne Craft

  • 2:35pm | Afternoon Breakout 2: Amy Fadool

  • 3:25pm | Closing Remarks

  • 3:30pm | Departure


Neumann University | Bruder Life Center
1 Neumann Drive

Aston, PA 19014

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