Speaking Engagements

Bringing the “Life Teammates – Love Ya Man” Message To You!

The Will To Live Foundation’s President and Co-Founder, John Trautwein, has given over 300 speeches to teams, families, students of middle schools and high schools, Church groups, youth groups, coaches, parents and counselors alike, since the Foundation began in late 2010.   His message of love, hope and the importance of recognizing the Life Teammates that exist in your life today, has been extremely well received.

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Speaking Engagements – 2017:

  • January 13: The Weber School, Roswell, GA
  • January 21: GA State University, Delta Gamma Sorority National Meeting, Atlanta, GA
  • January 22: Premier Bears Baseball Program, Alpharetta, GA
  • January 27: Johns Creek High School Student Body
  • January 28th: 7th Annual Where There’s A Will There’s A Way 5K Fun Run For Hope

  • February 11th:  UGA vs. GA Southern Men’s Lacrosse Game – WTL night – Post game Life Teammate Speech
  • February 22nd: NVHS Life Teammates Award Presentation – Swim and Dive

  • March 5: Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity – University of Alabama
  • March 6: Pope High School Parents Presentation 7pm
  • March 13: West Forsyth High School 8am presentation to student body
  • March 13 (evening): Dunwoody National Charity League (NCL) St Luke’s Pres Church
  • March 19: YMSL (Young Men’s Service League) Presentation, Alpharetta, GA
  • March 21: NVHS Basketball Life Teammates Presentation
  • March 24th :Northview High School -Student Body Presentation
  • March 24th: Northview High School Dedication to “Will To Live Park” baseball field

  • April 12: Illinois State University Presentation – Red Byrd Arena, Bloomington, IL
  • April 13: State Farm Employee Intranet Presentation, Bloomington, IL
  • April 14; NVHS Lacrosse Life Teammates Award Presentation
  • April 20: NVHS Soccer Life Teammates Award Presentation
  • April 22: Life Teammate Speech Johns Creek High school Lacrosse game vs. Rockhurst, KS

  • May 7: NVHS Baseball Life Teammates Award Presentation
  • May 12th: NVHS Fine Arts Banquet – Life Teammates Presentation
  • May 18: Keynote speaker  Mental Health Forum, Marietta, GA
  • May 18: Centennial High School Lax banquet – Life Teammates Award in honor of Jamie McHenry
  • May 20: Life Teammate Presentation at Rocky Miller Park – Northwestern University Baseball, Evanston, IL
  • May 21: Dolvin Elementary Life Teammates Presentation

  • September 2: John Trautwein’s appearance on CBS46/Peachtree TV’s Teen Suicide Segment
  • September 8th: S. Forsyth High School – Coffee with Counselors
  • September 8th: Central Forsyth High School Presentation to student body
  • September 9th: 7th Annual WILLSTOCK Teen Music Festival
  • September 12th: Lambert high presentation to student body
  • October 6th; LifeACT Cleveland anniversary celebration key note
  • October 17th: Shiloh Baptist speech
  • October 23: Presentation to Stephen Ministers of Johns Creek Presbyterian and Methodist Churches
  • October: TBD: Fellowship Christian School

ALL THE PLACES WE’VE BEEN:

Speaking Engagements -2016:

  • January 10: Life Teammates Scholarship S. Forsyth High School
  • January 13: NanoLumens Kick Off Meeting, Norcross, GA
  • January 22: GA State University
  • January 29: Northview High FCA
  • January 30: Where There’s A Will There’s A Way 5K
  • January 30: Mental Health Round Table – The Summit, Johns Creek, GA
  • January 31: Chicago Pitch & Hit Club Annual Banquet – President’s Award

  • Feb 27th: Life Teammates Scholarship Presentation NVHS Basketball
  • Feb 28th: Life Teammates Scholarship Presentation NVHS Swim and Dive

  • March 4: Life Teammates Scholarship Presentation NVHS Football and Basketball Cheer
  • March 28: Pope High School student body AM
  • March 28: Pope High School Parents/Teachers: PM

  • April 3: Will To Live Day at Northwestern Univ. (baseball) NU vs. Michigan, Evanston, IL
  • April 3: Evening Presentation Trinity United Methodist Church,  1024 Lake Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091
  • April 15: Will To Live Night – Northview High Baseball/Lacrosse Games

  • May 4th:  Life Teammates Scholarship Presentation NVHS Soccer
  • May 7th:  Life Teammates Grant A Wish Night – Northview High School
  • May 11th: Life Teammates Scholarship Presentation NVHS Girls Lacrosse
  • May 12th Life Teammates Scholarship Presentation NVHS Baseball
  • May 13th: Life Teammates Scholarship Presentation NVHS Fine Arts
  • May 15th: Life Teammates Scholarship Presentation NVHS Boys Lacrosse
  • May 24th: William & Reed Academy Commencement – Key Note Speech, Johns Creek, GA

  • June 13th: Service Master Rob Lowenthal Golf Classic – Suwanee GA

  • August 6th: Dodger Stadium – Will To Live Bow Tie – Baseball game of the week: Ken Rosenthal interview
  • August 21st: YMSL – Alpharetta, GA Chapter Presentation

  • September 10th:  WILLSTOCK Teen Music Festival – Johns Creek, GA
  • September 17th: Autograph Alley – Fenway Park (Red Sox/Yankees game), Boston MA
  • September 26th: Presentation at Blessed Trinity School, Roswell, GA
  • September 29: Greater Atlanta Christian School Key Note Speech, Norcross, GA

  • October 15th:  6th Year Anniversary Will Trautwein RIP
  • October 16th: Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity – University of GA
  • October 29th: Will To Live Bowtie Being Worn at Wrigley Field in World Series (no speech)

  • November 6th: Presentation at Simpson UMC, Norcross, GA

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    Speaking Engagements – 2015:

  • January 7:  SFHS – DECCA Marketing Program
  • January 24, 2015: Summit Counseling Gala Event – Atlanta Athletic Club
  • January 25:  Norcross Baseball Program
  • January 27: Northview Baseball Mentorship Program
  • January 29: Summit / Fulton County Faith Leadership Council Meeting (Video)
  • January 31: Barrington, IL Book Signing / Life Teammates Pres

  • February 7:  Where There’s A Will There’s A Way 5k Johns Creek, GA
  • February 7: UGA VS. GSU men’s lacrosse – Life Teammates Game – Athens GA
  • February 18: NVHS Swim and Dive Life Teammates Scholarship Presentation
  • February 22: Mt. Pisgah Youth Ministry – Johns Creek GA
  • February 23: NVHS Basketball Life Teammate Scholarship Presentation (Susie T)
  • February 27: Living With Grief Presentation

  • March 4th: Chattahoochee High School
  • March 25th: University of GA Presentation
  • March 29: Sanibel Church Youth & Families & Book Signing: Sanibel Island, FL

  • April 15: SELC Lacrosse Tournament, Johns Creek, GA
  • April 29: Johns Creek Rotary Presentation – Atlanta Athletic Club

  • May 2: Rock For Ramzy – Life Teammates Night – Northview High Johns Creek, GA
  • May 3: Northwestern University – Life Teammates Presentation – Rocky Miller Baseball Field
  • May 6: NVHS Soccer Life Teammates Scholarship Presentation (Susie Trautwein)
  • May 7: NVHS Baseball Life Teammates Scholarship Presentation (Susie Trautwein)
  • May 8: NVHS Band Life Teammates Scholarship Presentation
  • May 17: NVHS Men’s Lax Life Teammates Scholarship Pres
  • May TBD: NVHS, Gals Lax, Orchestra, Wrestling, Theater LT Scholarship presentations
  • May 21: Mt. Pisgah School – Varsity Sports Banquet Key Note Speech

  • July 27: Rob Lowenthal / College Players Tour Golf Tournament – Johns Creek, GA

     

  • August 11: Unicom Charity Golf Outing
  • August 20th: Life Teammates Speech
  • August 22nd: Life Teammates Speech

  • September 5th: Autograph Alley at Fenway Park
  • September 12:  WILLSTOCK Teen Music Festival – Johns Creek, GA
  • September 19: YMSL – Norcross Life Teammates Presentation
  • September 26: Cambridge Bear Growl Festival
  • September 30th: Screening For Mental Health – Life Teammates Webinar

  • October 2: Life Teammates Speech – BHS Reunion, Barrington, IL

  • November 2nd: Summit Counseling Event – Woman & Mental Health, Johns Creek, GA
  • November 5th: Screening For Mental Health Gala Key note
  • November 12th: Alpharetta High School Parents Presentation
  • November 19th: Life Teammate Scholarship presentation NVHS Track & Field

  • December 4th: Book Signing at Barnes & Noble – Norcross, GA
  • December 8th:  Life Teammates Scholarship Presentation – Cambridge High Football
  • December 11th: Team Will To Live Lacrosse at GA Tech Turkey Shootout
  • December 13th: Life Teammates Scholarship Presentation -NVHS Football

Speaking Engagements – 2014

  • January 11: Lambert High Lacrosse Program
  • January 11/12: Team WTL Lacrosse at Turkey Shoot Out – JV
  • January 15: Chattahoochee Junior Lacrosse Parents Group
  • January 17: S. Forsyth High School
  • January 19: Gwinnett Lacrosse Coaches Association
  • January 20: Cambridge Parents / Kids – Crooked Creek Clubhouse
  • January 30: Hopewell baseball coaches

  • February 8: 4th Annual Will’s Way 5k – Fun Run For Hope
  • February 16: NVHS baseball mentorship
  • Feb 22: NVHS Lacrosse Mentorship
  • Feb 23: Hopewell Youth Association Umpires
  • Feb 27: NVHS Swim/Dive Scholarships NVHS

  • March 1st: WTL night at Gwinnett Braves Stadium – NVHS Baseball
  • March 7-9 Slugfest – Team WTL baseball
  • March 16: YMSL – Oxford Mill Clubhouse (Centennial/Johns Creek)
  • March 27: Alpharetta High Parents Group
  • March 28: Centennial High School FCA
  • March 28: Milton High School Student body
  • March 30: Youth Group of Duluth First United Methodist Church

  • April 8th: Wesleyan Baseball Program
  • April 28th: NVHS LT Scholarship Presentation Soccer

  • May 6: NVHS LT Scholarship Presentation – Girls Lax
  • May 9: NVHS LT Scholarship Presentation – Girls Hoops
  • May 12: NVHS LT Scholarship Presentation – Baseball
  • May 16: LT Presentation
  • May 18: NVHS LT Scholarship Presentation Boys Lax
  • May 29: Boston Public Schools – Key Note Speaker Presentation
  • May 30: Fenway Park – Autograph Alley

  • June 22: Team WTL Presentation – Ripken Experience

  • August 13: Life Teammates Night at Cool-Ray Field – Gwinnett Braves AAA
  • August 20: Life Teammates Presentation

  • September 5: All Pro Dad / WTL kick of Wilson Creek Elementary School
  • September 6: WILLSTOCK 2014 – Johns Creek, GA
  • September 9: National Charity League – Crooked Creek – Alpharetta, GA
  • September 14: Connor’s Climb Kick Off – Exeter, NH
  • September 19: Cambridge High “Night Under The Stars”
  • September 22: JCUMC Scout Troops Presentation

  • October 10: All Pro Dad – Wilson Creek Elementary School
  • October 10: Will To Live Night – S. Forsyth High School Football vs. Northview
  • October 22: Will To Live Bow Tie at The World Series (no speech)

  • November 3: NVHS Cross Country Program
  • November 6: Lovett High School, FCA Presentation
  • November 7: Wilson Creek Elementary All Pro Dad – Johns Creek, GA
  • November 9: Roswell Presbyterian Church
  • November 9: National Charity League – Roswell, GA
  • November 13: NVHS Cross Country Life Teammates Scholarship (Susie Trautwein)
  • November 13: Alpharetta High Parents Presentation
  • November 14: Alpharetta High School Students Presentation (4 speeches)
  • November 15: GA Southern Suicide Awareness 5K
  • November 15: NVHS Volleyball Life Teammates Scholarship Presentation

  • December: 8: Life Teammates Scholar NVHS Football
  • December 3: JCBC – Mother’s Fellowship Group
  • December 13-14: Team Will To Live Lacrosse- Turkey Shootout GA Tech

 

 

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“At my son’s funeral, when I saw the love and support from my own “high school” friends, I realized right then what this foundation would be about. We would work hard to get the teens and young adults of our communities to realize that the greatest friends that we meet in our lives, are those that we “learn about life with.”   Those that we experience our ‘firsts’ with.  Those friends that we meet as teenagers – let’s understand that – let’s recognize that – let’s rejoice in that – and let’s use that fact to always reach out to each other and not be afraid to say “I love you man” and equally and perhaps even more importantly – to not be afraid to say “Hey Man, I’m hurting”  

– John Trautwein – WTL Life Teammates Gala – June 2011