Let’s Celebrate at the Ranch
Friday, June 7th, 2019 Alumni ONLY Dinner 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 8th, 2019 2:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. RSVP by May 23, 2019
Elizabeth Smart | Abduction Survivor & Best-Selling Author
The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003, after being held a prisoner for 9 grueling months.
Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery continue to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by “everyday” people and the belief that hope always exists to find every missing child.Smart attended Brigham Young University, studying music as a harp performance major. She married her husband Matthew in 2012, and they now have two beautiful children. Elizabeth’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after tragedy. The Founder of the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, Elizabeth has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.
Tony Hoffman | Former BMX Pro, U.S. Olympic Coach & Recovering Addict
Tony is the Founder and Director of The Freewheel Project, a non-profit organization that mentors thousands of youth through action sports: BMX, skateboarding and after-school programs. The Freewheel Project focuses on teaching kids leadership skills, and making healthy life choices, including substance abuse prevention, each year. In 2016 he also began writing his first book, titled, Coming Clean.
After paroling prison on December 13, 2008, Tony Hoffman started living out his dream, with his addiction behind him. Tony is a Former BMX Elite Pro and is currently ranked #2 in Masters Pro class. He is a 2016 Rio Olympic Games Coach, with Women’s BMX PRO, Brooke Crain, in his lineup. His story is full of redemption as he has seen some of the highest highs, and the lowest lows. Tony has been sober since May 17th, 2007. His BMX career started in high school, as he was a top-ranked BMX amateur with multiple endorsements. thinking towards current addiction-recovery processes.
Tegan Broadwater | President/Founder, Tactical Systems Network, LLC
Tegan Broadwater’s law enforcement experience began in 1996. There he began a 13-year career at the Fort Worth police department as a decorated undercover officer. His assignments included stints with three Narcotics Units, the Gang Unit, the Homicide Cold Case Unit, and the F.B.I. Gang and Violent Crimes Task Force. As a long-time student at the Rister International Martial Arts Academy, Broadwater also instructed police defensive tactics to recruits and veterans as well as tactical driving courses.
Broadwater received dozens of commendations and awards during his tenure with the Police Department; A Certificate of Merit for going undercover to locate and seize C-4 explosives during a gang retaliation plot, two awards presented by then state senator Mike Moncrief for his protection detail work at “Ground Zero” during the 9-11 catastrophe, and he was a four-time nominee of the Fort Worth Police Department’s Officer of the Year award. Broadwater has authored this book detailing the experiences from inside this operation with a personal emphasis on true long-term solutions to gang and narcotic trafficking violence on American streets. “Helping children of incarcerated parents break the cycle of violence and removing the acceptance of having multiple children without a life plan is the end goal.”
Broadwater currently resides in Texas with his wife and son.