Keynote Speakers

Posted at 7:00 pm on 12/31/1969

 Bryan Clay

Bryan Clay is a father, philanthropist and a long-time Olympic athlete who earned a Gold Medal in the Decathlon at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. After already winning a Silver Medal in 2004, Bryan joined an exclusive group of American decathletes by earning the title of “World’s Greatest Athlete” with his 2008 win. A native of Hawaii, Bryan was deemed “Hawaii’s Hero” by local media and is still considered one of the state’s most recognizable athletes. Prior to his Olympic win, he founded The Bryan Clay Foundation in 2005 aimed at empowering today’s youth to take advantage of opportunities available to them and reach their full potential. Bryan also wrote “Redemption,” the story of his unlikely path to Olympic Gold that began with a fist-fighting, drug abusive, pre-suicidal kid with no faith.

Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, PhD

Currently a professor of exercise science in the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport at Kent State University, Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, PhD, is editor of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity and president of the International Society on Aging and Physical Activity. He served on the scientific advisory committee of the World Health Organization, which recently issued its guidelines for physical activity in older adults, and as chairperson of the Fifth World Congress on Physical Activity, Aging and Sports. Chodzko-Zajko has traveled to Korea, Iran, Oman, Japan, France, Belgium, Slovenia, Germany, Hong Kong, and Israel to speak on topics related to aging and physical activity. This year, Chodzko-Zajko assumed the position of head of the department of kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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