Damon West Bio

Damon West to Speak at South Gray High School

Gray County residents will soon have an opportunity to meet a man who “wears many hats.”

Damon West, former Division I quarterback, motivational speaker, professor of criminal justice, author, and man whose life is being made into a documentary film, will speak at South Gray High School two days this month.

West will first present his message to the community on the evening of March 21 at 7:00 p.m. He will give a presentation to area high school students the next morning, March 22, at 9:45 a.m.

A big part of West’s message will discuss something he calls “servant leadership.” According to West, that means “ helping other people reach their goals in life; helping to raise others up. Positivity, selflessness and love are a few of the core values of servant leadership.”

West is a man who know this lesson from experience.

By age 20, he was a Division 1 starting quarterback at the University of North Texas, when he suffered a career-ending injury. After his college graduation, he worked in the United States Congress and trained to be a stock-broker for United Bank of Switzerland (UBS).

Unfortunately, during that time, he tried methamphetamines, became addicted, and ended up in prison.

During his confinement, West experienced a spiritual awakening, learning that he is capable of changing the environment around him. Seven years later, when he left prison, he was a changed person.

Today, West is a motivational speaker, philanthropist, and noted author.

His autobiography, The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World, is being made into a documentary film. His second book, The Coffee Bean, co-authored with best-selling author Jon Gordon, is a best-seller and a part of Forbes’ “Top Twenty Books You Need to Read to Crush 2020.”

South Gray Principal Kim Batman encourages the community to attend West’s March 21 presentation.

Batman said, “I have followed Jon Gordon on Twitter for the past couple of years and kept seeing tweets about Damon West. Intrigued and knowing the challenges our youth face on a daily basis, I began following Damon. After reading his messages, I decided to bring him to SGHS. In addition to the books mentioned above, he has written a children’s book, The Coffee Bean for Kids, which also reiterates the message of creating positive change. I want to thank the Statesman Organization out of Meade, the local schools attending, and USD #371 and USD #476 for helping fund Damon’s presentation. Any adults wanting to attend on Monday, March 21 are more than welcome.”