Nearly 20 years ago, Green Bay Packer running back Darrell Thompson volunteered his time for a start-up non-profit organization — Bolder Options. After a stand-out career on the University of Minnesota football team, where he was dubbed one of the greatest players to ever wear Maroon and Gold, and a five-year career in the NFL, Thompson’s volunteer work with the organization evolved into a staff position. Currently he holds the position of President. When asked why he got involved he simply states, “I’ve seen first-hand the impact I could make when interacting with young people. It’s when you get that ‘thank you’ from a young person that you know you are doing something right.”
Under Thompson’s leadership, Bolder Options has matched over 1,500 youth and mentors and continuously achieves a success rate 50 percent higher than the national average (as measured by the number of mentor/mentee pairs who stay together for an entire year). Bolder Options’ unique approach to mentoring involves mentors who spend 2-4 hours a week with their mentee for one year. They attend healthy life skills meetings led by Bolder Options staff in nutrition, goal setting, and caregiver/youth communication, and participate in monthly group activities to promote positive peer relationships and social skills. Uniquely, pairs train to cross the finish line together in three 5k running races or three 15-30 mile bike rides. Mentors are also encouraged to assist their mentee with setting academic goals, completing homework, and having a positive school experience.
In recent years, Darrell Thompson has been committed to spreading the message of the importance of goal setting, the importance of healthy habits, and the importance of dreaming big.
Darrell Thompson has decades of experience of speaking to groups of young people and adults. He may be available to speak at your next event. Please contact, Executive Assistant Amy Harsch, to express interest in having Darrell attend your event: email@example.com or 612-379-2653. Honoraria are gratefully accepted to support Bolder Options’ programming.