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2018 Booster Banquet Speaker

Dominique Dawes

Last summer, Jon absolutely "wowed" America with his mind-blowing and inspirational magic performances on NBC's hit television show America's Got Talent. Jon made it to the finals and placed third overall in the competition amongst tens of thousands of competitors.

Most recently, Jon was on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and absolutely amazed her with his magic tricks. Ellen has asked Jon back for multiple visits in the coming months.

When Jon is onstage performing, he emphasizes the importance of choice and openly shares his childhood tragedy. When he was twelve years old, Jon's picture-perfect family was destroyed after his father murdered his mother. Jon chose to rise up through adversity, set goals – no matter how high – and plan and execute the necessary steps required to accomplish those goals. He started learning magic at age twelve and is now considered a "master magician," earning the respect of top magicians worldwide.

After college at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP), Jon was signed as a long snapper, a position he played on the UTEP football team, by the Buffalo Bills in 2003 as an undrafted free agent. He was considered a long shot to make the team. Not only did he make the team but Jon is now a two-time NFL Pro Bowler. Jon has played in the NFL for a total of thirteen years – an amazing feat considering that the average player tenure is less than three years.

This past year, the Philadelphia Eagles nominated Jon for the 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for his philanthropy and numerous charitable endeavors.

Jon hosted a television show with the Eagles and won two Emmy Awards (in 2008 and 2015). He was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award in 2008. This award, which is voted on by teammates, honors those NFL players who exemplify the commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.

As an entertainer for more than twenty years, Jon is known as the NFL's "magic man" and is respectfully referred to as the "entertainer's entertainer." Jon has also performed personally for many celebrities, including country music superstars Garth Brooks and Jason Aldean, and actors Nicholas Cage, Mel Gibson, Barbara Streisand, and Jason Stathum.

A professional keynote speaker since 2008, Jon has motivated and wowed many audiences and organizations, including the NFL, Screen Writers Guild, Boeing, Lincoln Financial, Jackson Financial, Taco Bell, the NBA, Hard Rock, Merrill Lynch, Black &  Decker, NETSCOUT, and numerous other Fortune 500 companies.

Jon's inspirational life story of triumph over adversity has been retold on national television in features by HBO, FOX Sports, ESPN, E! True Hollywood Story: An American Story, ABC, and CBS. While performing the most amazing magic, Jon inspires others by sharing his life experiences and NFL stories, and also by discussing the importance of discipline, teamwork, perseverance, and the acceptance of failure in achieving goals. In his words, "Live in vision, not circumstance."

Boys Town proudly welcomes Jon Dorenbos as its 2018 Booster Banquet keynote speaker and salutes his passion and commitment to helping others lead fruitful and purposeful lives.