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Role Model Summit Aims to Inspire Local Students

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Several students in Northern Nevada got a surprise of a lifetime this afternoon. Dozens of high profile athletes visited local high schools to inspire students to work hard in school.

Most of the assemblies started on or around 8:00 am. Visitors were greeted by crowds of students clapping. At Wooster High School, the students especially loud for Olympic gold medalist David Wise who used to go to school here. "The energy in this place is really good and it's fun coming home," said Wise.

The visit was part of the Role Model Summit, an event that gathers motivational speakers to talk to students about the key to success. Along with David Wise, other famous athletes including jockey Pat Day, Glenn Carano, Chris Carr, Marcus Spears and MLB's Chris Aguila. They spoke about their own experiences to inspire kids to work hard and succeed. "You get a chance to give your story but also encourage them and let them know it's cool to be individuals and do what they do in life," said Spears.

After each assembly the groups packed up into a van to go to the next school. At Reno High School we saw a very familiar face. Wendy Damonte was volunteering as a group leader who was helping with the student outreach project. Students said stories from these speakers helped them realize they can accomplish anything. "To be in the same room and just share their stories about how they got to their point. It's really inspiring," said Tommy Brooksbank.

The groups explained, it takes a lot of hard work and effort to make it to where they are. "Nothing is easy, nothing is free, nothing is cheap. You get out of life what you put into it," said Pat Day. "Work hard, stay in school, graduate and have a great life," said Glenn Carano. "If we can reach one person here, it's awesome."

The group that hosted the program today - Role Model Summit is hosting a banquet Thursday night at the Silver Legacy starting at 6:30 p.m. to raise money and help inspire more students.

Written by Chloe Beardsley
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