Former Athlete & Drug Addict Has Message For StudentsPosted: Updated:
Hundreds of high schoolers heard a powerful message against drugs.
Professional bicycle motocross athlete and Olympic team coach Tony Hoffman spoke to students from 11 districts across Jefferson County at Watertown High Thursday morning.
Hoffman rose quickly in the BMX ranks while he was still in high school, only to have his promising pro career derailed by addiction.
He says he's an example of how one choice can change the rest of your life.
"I was a world-class athlete on the cover of a magazine," he said. "The last thing I thought would happen in my life was smoke weed and that turned into a heroin addiction, but it did. My life spiraled out of control really quick. From 18 years old by the time I was 21 I had already committed a home invasion robbery for drugs. At 23 years old I was completely homeless and lost everything."
Hoffman gives another presentation Thursday night at the Watertown High School auditorium. That one is geared toward students and parents. It runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The presentations are sponsored by Jefferson County Businesses Against Drugs.