Guest Speaker

Mike Avery to Make January 17th Appearance at Marquette
Motivational speaker/college soccer coach to discuss leadership, empathy, diversity, and inclusion
The game of soccer has taken him to several dozen countries across four continents and on Friday, January 17th, Mike Avery will be at Marquette Catholic High School. 

Avery, who has acquired two decades worth of Division I coaching experience during stints at University of Louisville, University of Notre Dame, and Valparaiso University, will share his message during a 1 pm all-school assembly. Avery's work on the pitch has been outdone only by his endeavors in both local and international communities.

Avery was the architect of the #oneVALPO campaign, a diversity movement that hatched from a racially-charged incident that occurred to one of his players in 2013. The program's winningest coach is also a proud partner of They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO), a not-for-profit organization that aids at-risk, orphaned children in the Caribbean. Avery's program also was responsible for raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for St. Baldrick's Foundation, an organization that aims to find cures for childhood cancers.

Away from soccer, the former professional player has toured schools, businesses, and organizations to deliver speeches on the topics of leadership, community, team culture, kindness, compassion, empathy, and diversity/inclusion.