The Pay It Forward Experience Conference is pleased to announce that Bob Salomon will join us!! Bob is the co-creator of “A Glove of Their Own,” (www.agloveoftheirown.com) the 2009 Winner of The Benjamin Franklin Award for best children’s book. He also created a movement surrounding the message of giving back. He has rallied and gained national support from many professional athletes and companies to help spread the importance of “Paying it Forward.”
Bob’s team includes Louisville Slugger, Rawlings, Modells, Upper Deck, Don Mattingly, Joe Torre, Eric Chavez, Doug Glanville and Tommy John to name a few.
Bob has said, “As a little league coach and proud father of two, I am passionate about the importance of paying it forward and grateful for the opportunity to work with the upcoming conference in Utah and help promote this powerful message. In addition to working with this conference, the book has helped many nonprofit organizations such as The Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, Covenant House, Mattingly Charities, The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum and The Jim Eisenreich Foundation.
ESPN’s Doug Glanville will also be part of Bob’s next project that will continue to help children using the game of football. That book will showcase the true gift of the athlete and combine all sports for one common goal…”Paying It Forward.” (For more information about our book, visit http://www.baseballdigest.com/2011/08/21/salomon-glanville-team-up-to-deliver-anticipated-children%e2%80%99s-book/.)
Bob will be attending the conference and will continue spreading his passion through sports. Cory Snyder, baseball legend and huge supporter of the book, will also be attending.
A news release about the event is below. I hope you can join Bob and me in person or through the webinar at the upcoming Pay It Forward Experience Conference in Midway, Utah, Oct. 21-23.
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PAY IT FORWARD EXPERIENCE CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN
MIDWAY OCT. 21-23
Bob Salomon, co-creator of ‘A Glove of their Own’ lends support to conference
Midway, Utah—The author of “Pay It Forward, Catherine Ryan Hyde, http://www.catherineryanhyde.com/, will be among the featured speakers in an upcoming conference designed to empower individuals to make a difference in the lives of others. The First Annual Pay It Forward Experience Conference is presented by Soul Centers Resorts will be held Oct. 21 through 23 at the Zermatt Resort (784 W. Resort Dr.) in Midway, Utah.
The conference is open to the public. A variety of packages are available, some of which include lodging. In addition, the conference will be available as a webinar. Prices and registration materials may be found online at http://zermattresort.com/events/pay-it-forward-event/
The Pay It Forward Experience Conference is also being supported by Bob Salomon, co-creator of the children’s book, “A Glove of Their Own.” The book was the winner of the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Children’s Book Award. Salomon has said, “As a little league coach and proud father of two, I am passionate about the importance of paying it forward and grateful for the opportunity to work with the upcoming conference in Utah to help promote this powerful message. In addition to working with this conference, we have used the book to help such nonprofit organizations as the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, Mattingly Charities, Cheerful Givers, WBO/World Baseball Outreach, the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, and the Jim Eisenreich Foundation just to name a few.” Salomon will be attending the conference.
Keynote speakers at the conference include: Salt Lake City entrepreneur Charley Johnson, founder of the Pay It Forward Experience, http://www.pifexperience.org, who has distributed over a million “Pay It Forward” bracelets in 62 countries; Ryan Nece, http://www.ryannece.com/, former NFL player and founder of the Ryan Nece Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Tampa Bay area; Hannah Taylor, who at age 8 (she’s now 15) founded the Ladybug Foundation Inc., http://www.ladybugfoundation.ca/, a registered Canadian charity dedicated to providing shelter, food and safety for homeless people; Adrianne Schmidt, founder of the Karma Experiment on Facebook which asks people to commit acts of kindness (the Karma Experiment has a million followers who have committed 2 million acts of kindness); and Bob Littell, founder of NetWeaving International, http://netweaving.com, which has the goal of building a community of NetWeavers who share the give-first-in-order-to-receive philosophy.
Hyde’s novel, “Pay It Forward,” gained national attention when it was made into the 2000 movie of the same name. The film, which starred Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment, follows the story of a boy (Osment) who tries to make the world a better place as the result of an assignment from his social studies teacher (Spacey). Hyde’s latest novel, “Don’t Let Me Go,” is scheduled for release in the United Kingdom on Sept. 29.
The First Annual Pay It Forward Experience Conference is the brainchild of Johnson, who recently left his position as vice president of a family-owned business to pursue Pay It Forward on a full-time basis. He said, “The purpose of this conference is to bring together all the pay-it-forward minded people from all over the world, for the first time. This experience will provide the platform Pay It Forward needs to reach all corners of the earth. We want to show the world how simple yet powerful the concept of Pay It Forward is and to make sure all people know they can participate in this world-changing movement. Pay It Forward brings back that one thing we all want back in our life–that human connection.”
A few years ago, Johnson came up with the idea of manufacturing silicone bracelets with the phrase, Pay It Forward. Johnson distributes these bracelets at no cost on behalf of Hyde’s Pay It Forward Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission to educate and inspire students to realize that they can change the world, and provide them with the opportunity to do so (Johnson is on the board of the Pay It Forward Foundation).
“The bracelet is just a simple reminder in a fast-paced world to help others, and it is also a starting point for many people to change their thoughts on the world,” Johnson said. “If you want to see the full effect a simple Pay It Forward bracelet can have, go to lunch today and buy a meal for the person behind you. After the shock of the person goes away, remove your bracelet, hand it to him or her, and ask that person to pay it forward. Then, just walk away. You’ll quickly see how addicted you become to taking care of others, and seeing the response you receive from a single act of kindness.”