Dewey Bozella - Featured Keynote Speaker at the Georgetown Training Institutes
There are times in life when it is easier, or even more sensible, to just give up. This isn’t a belief held by Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner, Dewey Bozella. The 2011 ESPY Awards celebrated the courage and conviction that led Bozella to the ultimate path of freedom after 26 years of wrongful imprisonment. Bozella’s early life was one of hardship and turmoil, having been exposed to trauma and violence. Foster care and life on the streets defined his youth. In 1983, Bozella’s life took a dramatic turn when he was convicted of a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to 20 years to life in Sing Sing prison, Bozella maintained his innocence. Anger at his imprisonment gave way to determination, and instead of becoming embittered, he became a model prisoner, earning his GED, bachelors and masters degrees, working as a peer counselor, and falling in love and getting married. Through it all, Bozella found strength and purpose through boxing, becoming the light heavyweight champion of Sing Sing prison. Unyielding in his innocence, Bozella never gave up fighting in or out of the ring. When new evidence was uncovered that exonerated him, he was finally released in 2009 after being in prison for more than 26 years. Today, Bozella devotes his life to helping others. The Dewey Bozella Foundation is dedicated to fulfilling his lifelong dream of working with high-risk youth to teach them discipline, the value of hard work, perseverance, and courage. Through boxing, Dewey and the Foundation hope to inspire youth to set goals, follow their dreams, and, most important, never give up.
Don't miss hearing from this most amazing and inspirational man who will be the featured keynote speaker at the 2012 Georgetown University Training Institutes in July. The 2012 Training Institutes will focus on innovative approaches, and how lessons learned from systems of care can guide efforts to improve children's mental health service delivery in a dramatically changing environment. Details here.