Don't miss your chance to support your local Boys & Girls Club by attending the inaugural Great Futures Gala featuring a keynote speech by Bo Jackson. With your support, our organization can continue to ensure that GREAT Futures start here in Hot Springs by inspiring and enabling all youth, especially those who need us most to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.
Bo Jackson was born Nov. 30, 1962, in Bessemer, Alabama. He had a large family with 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Bo attended high school in McCalla, Alabama and starred in football and baseball. He was state track champion in dashes, hurdles, long jump, and high jump.
Jackson went on to become a 4-year starter at running back for Pat Dye at Auburn. He was a consensus All-America as a sophomore in 1983. In 1984, he had a shoulder injury and missed 6 games. He came back in 1985 and was unanimous All-America. He averaged 6.6 yards every time he ran the ball from scrimmage. Jackson was Most Valuable Player in the Sugar and Liberty Bowls following the 1983 and 1984 seasons and Outstanding Offensive Player in the Cotton Bowl after the 1985 season.
In 1985, Jackson won the Heisman Trophy and was named Player of the Year by the Walter Camp Foundation, the Sporting News, and United Press International. He played centerfield for Auburn's baseball team, batting .401 one season. He was on the track team, running 100 meters in 10.4 seconds.
After Auburn, Jackson played in the NFL with the Los Angeles Raiders (1986-90) and the MLB with the Kansas City Royals (1986-90), Chicago White Sox (1991-93), and California Angels (1994). He was an MLB All-Star in 1989 and an NFL Pro Bowler in 1990, becoming the first (and only) athlete in history to be named an All-Star in 2 major sports.
In 1989 and 1990, Jackson's name became known beyond just sports fans through the “Bo Knows” advertising campaign, a series of advertisements by Nike, starring Jackson alongside Rock and Rock Hall of Fame musician Bo Diddley, promoting a cross-training athletic show named for Jackson.
After a 1991 hip injury on the field ended his football career, Jackson focused on baseball, and expanded into other pursuits, including the completion of his Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Development at Auburn. In addition, Jackson appeared in small roles as an actor, in TV shows such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Married… with Children, and films such as The Chamber.
David Housel, Auburn director of athletics, said, "[Bo’s] greatest trait was the ability to inspire people. His accomplishments came in the arena of everyday life. He became a living example of what a person can do if he sets his mind to do it. He came back to Auburn and finished work on his degree, a promise he had made to his mother. Money, fame, and acclaim do not motivate Bo Jackson. Values motivate Bo Jackson."
**If you are interested in VIP Seating & Corporate sponsorships (Including meet and greet, signed football, and an individual picture with Bo Jackson) please contact Steven Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org
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