Senior Michael O’Keeffe – Men’s Soccer
He walked into dinner with a swagger only someone who is the best in the business can pull off, yet he humbly made a point to go around the table and shake and introduce himself personally to everyone.
Before dinner was served he had only two demands… that the females go first and there were two chicken drumsticks left over for him!
It set the tone for the evening, a casual comedic dinner filled with his insightful and personal opinions regarding the NBA playoff race, MVP candidates and MJ and Lebron comparisons as requested by the students.
I sat there laughing the whole night along with the 25 other students in attendance at his ability to shape and formulate his argument in such a way that left you in awe of his incredible way with words.
Thanks to FUSA and Fairfield University Athletics for this fantastic opportunity.
Senior Tiffany Lawson – Softball
From the anticipation of his arrival, to the excitement he brought to the building, Stephan A. Smith had everyone on the edge of their seats wanting more.
The audience was captivated by his hilarious comments and inspiring life lessons. He effortlessly demanded respect from his audience by his knowledge of sports and his ability to confidently yet effectively deliver his opinions. To me, Stephen A. Smith is exactly what you see on television. Debating sports with him is simply not a good idea. Mr. Smith is a living example of how hard work and determination pays off.
What I liked most about Mr. Smith was how real he was in delivering his message. He taught me life lessons after college and the importance of staying focus and determined. He is a man full of wisdom and personality. He said in order to succeed in life’s journey; you have to out work your competition. His life stories were motivating and touching as he worked his way up the professional ladder.
He is certainly a tremendous man to look up to and admire. This is a man who has been through life’s hardships but still came out on top. The overall experience of meeting Stephen A. Smith was one to always remember.