Breaking the Stigma: Recovery Advocacy & Addiction Awareness

Tony Hoffman, Former BMX Pro, U.S. Olympic Coach & Recovering Addict Tuesday, April 30th, 7 p.m. at Robert Adams Middle School Auditorium
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April, 2019
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Mindshare is proud to introduce a free seminar with Tony Hoffman, former addict of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin. His substance abuse led him to commit a crime that resulted in a prison sentence. Tony is a Former BMX Elite Pro and is currently ranked #2 in Masters Pro class. He is a 2016 Rio Olympic Games Coach, with Women’s BMX PRO, Brooke Crain, in his line-up. His story is full of redemption as he has seen some of the highest highs, and the lowest lows.
In 2004 Tony committed a home invasion armed robbery and was ultimately sent to prison for two years in 2007. He understands the depths of addiction and the despair that addicts experience. Tony violated his probation and, even with the threat of a ten-year prison sentence ahead of him, he could not stop him from using during his probation. Tony began rebuilding his life’s purpose while he spent two years in prison.
After paroling prison on December 13, 2008, Tony Hoffman started living out his dream
with his addiction behind him. Tony is the Founder and Director of The Freewheel Project, a non-profit organization that mentors thousands of youth through action sports: BMX, skateboarding and after-school programs. The Freewheel Project focuses on teaching kids leadership skills, and making healthy life choices, including substance abuse prevention. In 2016 he also began writing his first book, titled, Coming Clean.
Tony has been sober since May 17th, 2007. His BMX career started in high school, as he was a top-ranked BMX amateur with multiple endorsements. As a native of Clovis, Ca, where he attended Clovis High School, Tony started drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, and using prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin by his senior year. His life took a turn for the worse as he became addicted at such a young age, losing everything.
Today, Tony is a changed man and inspires so many to live their life with purpose. He has dedicated his life to bringing awareness around the country, describing how dangerous prescription pill and heroin abuse are, as well as advocating a shift in thinking towards current addiction-recovery processes.