What are People Saying About Hoot’s Chalk Talks?
Take a look at some reviews and recommendations from people who experienced our acclaimed programs first hand.
From Stacey J. Higgins, Assistant Athletics Director-Sports Health, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
I am privileged to write this letter and give a resounding endorsement for the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Hoot’s Chalk Talks. When I was first approached by the Foundation, I was concerned with how their presentation would be received. That hesitation was immediately erased by the way Donald Hooton Jr. captured interest and relayed his message. The combination of a low-key presentation, down to earth language, eye-catching videos, and attention-grabbing statistics had our staff and student-athletes engaged.
The biggest benefit of the presentation was that it inspired an open discussion among coaches, student-athletes and staff regarding appearance and performance enhancing drugs and supplement usage. These topics are often overlooked in conversations with young people and their importance cannot be ignored as we strive to protect our student-athletes. I would enthusiastically recommend the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Hoot’s Chalk Talk. I look forward to continued collaboration.
From Stephen D. Keener, President and CEO, Little League Baseball and Softball
Little League International welcomes the opportunity to work with Don Hooton and the Taylor Hooton Foundation to support the education of coaches and parents regarding the use of anabolic steroids and appearance and performance enhancement drugs (APEDs). With more than one million volunteers, including 600,000 coaches, many of whom are parents of Little Leaguers, we expect to reach an important audience with a critical message.
Parents need to understand the hazards and consequences of APED use, and it is our hope that we can make many more aware by getting them information available from the Taylor Hooton Foundation.
From Ron Courson, Associate Athletic Director-Sports Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
On behalf of the University of Georgia Athletic Association and the Sports Medicine Program, thanks so much for your presentation series on Appearance and Performance enhancing Drugs (APEDs). Both the community presentations/open forum and the student athlete presentations to our baseball and football teams were outstanding. … I think everyone left your presentations with a much better understanding of the dangers inherent with use of appearance and performance enhancing drugs and how we can best combat this problem. Once again, thank you for sharing your expertise and knowledge regarding this important topic.
From Jim Baker, Director of Athletics, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
I believe the program you put on was very candid and revealing and a story that our athletes needed to hear. In this day and age there are so many temptations and to hear a story like the one of your brother brings reality closer to these kids. I talked with some of our kids and staff and both groups felt it was a great presentation and one that they can all learn from.
From Nan Carney-DeBord, Director of Athletics and Recreation, Denison University, Granville, OH
Without hesitation, we at Denison support your foundation. You are doing incredible work in educating a population of college-aged students and student-athletes in a method conducive to optimum learning. Thank you for your presence on our campus and in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
We received extremely positive feedback from both large session groups as well as the smaller group sessions, targeting our collision sports in a more private manner. Your educative approach to a serious “epidemic” on our campuses is the best method of messaging.
From the NCAA Apple Conference
Overall, the session was well received. The average scores of both administrators and students fell between “Agree” and “Strongly Agree” for all four core questions. Both students and administrators most highly agreed with “The way the session was delivered (format, presenter style, use of AV handout) assisted me in the learning process.”
When asked, “How can you apply what you learned in this session when you return to campus?” several students identified that their new knowledge of resources and the availability of these resources highlighted by the presentation will help inform their decisions and help them present this information to others. Administrators’ comments to this question were similar; they learned very helpful information that they will take back to their campuses. Administrators agreed with these comments. The attendees felt the session was very informative on a topic that does not get the attention it deserves.
Question 1: The session gave me ideas/information for prevention education on my campus.
Question 2: The way the session was delivered (format, presenter style, use of AV handouts) assisted me in the learning process.
Question 3: This session motivated me to make a positive change (personal behavior on campus).
Question 4: I would recommend this session to others.
From Felice Lepore, Principal, Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports, Bronx, NY
On behalf of the S. Bronx Campus athletes and coaches, I would like to offer my profound gratitude for your presentation on the dangers of anabolic steroids. It was very important for our students to hear the story of your son Taylor and to absorb the vast amount of information you provided them.
Over the years, we have had many presenters speak to our students. Yours was by far the most well prepared and well-communicated program of all.Â Your affable personality and use of contemporary images allowed the students to connect to and appreciate the seriousness of this topic. My only wish is that every student in the school had been able to attend.Â Yours is a message that EVERY high school student should hear.
From Katy Cavenagh, Interim Superintendent Scottsdale Unified School District
This letter is written in passionate support of the recent “Hoot’s Chalk Talk” assembly program that was presented to all of the high schools in the Scottsdale Unified School District. As a 20-year educator, I believe every young person in the country needs to see this presentation!
We found the foundation team to be both knowledgeable and engaging in their presentation to our students. The program moved quickly and was entertaining while staying focused on the message. The program was presented to athletes and non-athletes alike, and held the attention of all five high school student bodies throughout the course of the presentation. I strongly recommend the “Hoot’s Chalk Talk” program to your school or district.
From Craig Zimmerman State Director – Connecticut, American Legion Baseball
In February, Don Hooton made a presentation to all of the American Legion Coaches in Connecticut. Having him at our meeting was the best decision we ever made. He kept over 200 people on the edge of their chairs early on a Saturday morning by combining important facts with common sense logic. Everyone in attendance left that morning better prepared to help both their players and their own children – lives will be changed and possibly saved due to the information he shared. As State Director, I would highly recommend that all of our other states schedule one of his presentations.
From Ben Shipp, VP for Athletics, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
The presentation you gave our student athletes on the dangers of steroids was excellent! I believe your presentation was the best I have seen in dealing with steroids by student athletes and non-athletes alike. Don, your presentation touched me, startled me, and informed me about how lives are being ruined every day by steroids.
From John Lindsay, Southeast Regional Director, D.A.R.E. America
D.A.R.E. is proud to partner and stand beside the Taylor Hooton Foundation.Â We applaud your vision to reach the day when performance enhancing drugs will no longer be part of our high school students’ lives.
Thank you for your presentation to the Texas D.A.R.E. Officers Association. The officers attending the conference found your presentation extremely educational and very enlightening.
From Angela Williams, Highland High School, Albuquerque, NM
A hush fell over the students when Mr. Hooton explained what we were going to see and hear. The stories of people, who look just like you and I and who are now off steroids were powerful and caught the attention of everyone in the audience. Our 9th grade students were wide-eyed with the images they saw. The assembly not only provided our students with valuable information, but I walked away having learned something as well.
I recommend the Hooton Foundation to any person or organization that would like to provide accurate information and touching stories about anabolic steroids.
From Mara Simon-Mayer, Director, Frisco RoughRiders Foundation
On behalf of the Frisco RoughRiders, I want to let you know how much we enjoyed working with you to host the “Hoot’s Chalk Talk” event at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. The event was incredibly successful and we received positive feedback from our players, athletic trainer and strength coach, kids and families. The event was well organized and your staff members did a great job of explaining the significance of this baseball clinic to everyone in attendance.
From Beth Christ, Principal, St. Edmund Catholic School, Eunice, LA
Thank you so much for your valuable time to address our student body. Your commitment to this cause is commendable. You obviously touched many of our students based on the high number of hits made to your web site. I would recommend your “Chalk Talk” to any school or community organization.
From Dr. Steve Simpson, Director of Sports Medicine, Tarleton State University
The Taylor Hooton Foundation presented “Hoot’s Chalk Talk” at Tarleton State University. We had 300 student-athletes, athletic training students and athletic staff in attendance. The topic was “Steroids and other Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs.”
The topic was presented by Mr. Clint Faught. The presentation, including the speaker and video segments were timely and very professional. It is a subject that needs to be shared with more college student-athletes. The presentation held your attention and stressed the dangers of these drugs. I would recommend this presentation to anyone without hesitation.