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 500 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.

Click Here To See The Amazing Feedback From John’s Speaking Engagements 

Watch John Trautwein’s acclaimed keynote speech for LifeACT’s “Into The Light Walk” – Cleveland, OH April 22, 2018

 Contact the Will To Live Foundation today to arrange for John to speak to your organization.


Previous Years Speaking Engagements 


Even during the pandemic, through the use of technology and virtual presentations, John Trautwein was able to give over 20 speeches to and estimated audience of 6700 people


Over 40,000 people hearing the Life Teammate Message through the Will To Live Speaking Engagements in 2019


Speaking Engagements – 2017:




Speaking Engagements -2016:

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




“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