New York Giant, philanthropist, financier and author Justin Tuck was the guest speaker for Saint David's Networking Event, held last week in our Otto-Bernstein Performing Arts Theatre.
Justin shared with us the story of his recruitment to Notre Dame and credited his success and fortune to having been prepared to take advantage of an opportunity when it presented, and even moreso to having had the support of "the right people in my life who steered me the right way. The only reason I am the man I am is that I had the fortune of having other men and women who could guide me." These included a father who impressed upon him that the only value in being powerful or successful is the good that you can effect with it.
Motivated throughout his life by his faith, family, a thirst for knowledge and love for athletics, Justin noted that the values of Saint David's resonated deeply with him and that our school is "making the ball more in the right direction early" for our boys. He encouraged the young alumni present to be patient, take time to learn the basics of a sport or wherever their passions and interest may lie, and to pay their successes forward.
It was an honor to have this humble Giant, a person who embodies what it means to be a good man, speak to our community. Our appreciation to him and to alumni parent Greg Hoogkamp and John C. Dearie '95 for making this evening possible.
This was the first time that the annual Networking Event was held at our school, in our beautiful new theatre. The evening provides an opportunity for alumni, alumni parents, and current parents to listen to a renowned speaker and to catch up and network together.