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Richie Contartesi

Youth Motivational Speaker & Author of “In Spite of the Odds”

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 Richie Contartesi Biography

Meet Keynote Motivational Speaker, #1 Best Selling author and former professional football player, Richie Contartesi. Standing a stellar 5’7″ and weighing in at a magnificent 155 lbs. you wouldn’t think he’d be much of a football player. Instead, he looks more like a chess player. Don’t laugh, he’s good at chess too!

Who is Richie Contartesi? He was never the smartest, the biggest, the most talented, or the most gifted and in spite of all his childhood issues like failing 5th grade, watching his parents get divorced, and almost taking his own life. You will see a man who looks in the face of adversity and says “Bring it on”. You will see a kind and loving man with a big heart. You will see a man who laughs in the face of fear and you will be inspired by his relentless resilience to succeed.

Born on December 10, 1987, in West Palm Beach, Florida, Contartesi is the only boy and has four sisters. He knew his athletic ability and resilience for success at a very young age by taking on the challenge of riding a 2 wheel bicycle at 3 years old and winning. His football career started when he was 10 years old and right away he found his passion. Contartesi was determined to play college football and from hard work in high school, he had earned awards and accolades such as Most Valuable Player, Offensive Player of the Year, and Team Captain among others.

After making a mistake signing with Jacksonville University, he decided to take a chance on himself and follow his dream of walking on at Ole Miss. After 3 coaching staffs, 100’s of setbacks, and almost quitting, he pulled through till the end and earned a full Division 1 football scholarship at Ole Miss. More importantly, he surpassed his wildest dreams of catching passes in the SEC in front of 97,000, starting in all 12 games his senior year, and earning the scholar-athlete award twice. His inspirational book, “In Spite of the Odds” tells the triumph and determination.

After college, he wasn’t finished. The next dream was to move to NYC and eventually start his own business. He worked for two years in the corporate world and found himself quickly at the top, earning rookie of the year honors. Shortly after, It was time to start his own business.

He made the biggest mistake right away and quickly spent all his savings starting Ripped Athlete. While some may see this as a failure, the lessons learned was invaluable. “I failed, I learned more in that year than I’ve learned my whole life,” says Contartesi.

That setback launched another dream where Contartesi set out to start Anabolic Technology. Since learning what is takes to start a successful business, he now has the confidence to go out and go do whatever his heart tells him.

Currently, Contartesi speaks to adults and youth. He has realized through all of this that no matter how much he enjoys defying the odds, his true passion is in helping others defy theirs. As a Motivational Keynote Speaker, he helps adults and teens understand that their dreams are closer than they appear. Through all the noise and out of reach possibilities, speaking is truly his favorite way of communicating his passion.

Contartesi doesn’t just speak about football but shares how the person you become in pursuit of going after a major goal is more important than just achieving the goal itself.

In his spare time when Contartesi isn’t challenging himself with CrossFit, he spends time with family, friends, golfing, writing, playing/watching football, learning, reading, and running.

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In Spite of the Odds: A True Inspirational Journey from Walk-on to Full Scholarship at Ole Miss

In Spite of the Odds: A True Inspirational Journey from Walk-on to Full Scholarship at Ole Miss

Speaking Topics
  • Keynote: My True Inspirational Story

    Having a good story is one thing, but saying it in a way that inspires change is a whole other ball game. Richie’s story at Ole Miss has hit 4, #1 best seller lists and continues to inspire thousands of people every day. Inspiring change in our youth requires the power of stories and not just any story, but ones that engage and captivate them. We are tired of being told what to do or being scared into doing things we don’t want to. Instead, we need motivation, comedy, and real life stories to change the way we think in a positive way. Richie dives into the details of the events theme to tailor his speech and message to hit home. Using stories from his own life, Richie encourages positive change and encourages others to reach their full potential. Although he tailors his message to your theme, the message stays the same. Finding your passion, clarity, building relationships, overcoming fear, adversity, and ultimately staying persistent until the end. His story is proof that anything is possible.

  • Anti-Bullying Program

    Are you alarmed by the epidemic of bullying that is sweeping our nation’s schools? I don’t know who wouldn’t be? I know I am. This interactive anti-bullying program for school assemblies is not just motivational but gives students the tools and steps to overcome bullying with peer leadership, smart choices, and character. Richie understands that a kid is being bullied every 7 minutes that why he has put together this heartfelt program that can give students all the knowledge they needed to avoid becoming targets or victims, while empowering them to help others who are the victims of bullying in JUST 1 hour.

  • Richie’s audience will learn…


    • How to recognize and respond to bullying
    • When to stand up, when to walk away, and when to tell an adult
    • Empowering students to stand up and not be victims of bullying
    • Cyberbullying and social media effects on the brain and solutions
    • Internet Safety and Reality
    • Practical steps for building confidence, self-esteem and developing resiliency
    • How to prevent and stop bullying through peer leadership and culture

  • Distracted Driving Program

    Are you afraid that the ones closest to you are drinking and driving? Texting when driving? Not wearing a seat belt? Or getting in the car with others who are doing the same? Richie is a Distracted Driving Speaker. He had a horrific drinking and driving accident happen to someone very close to him. It not only affected his life, but the 100’s of people of both families, friends and their lives moving forward. Richie spent a lot of time creating a program for safe driving which includes distracted driving, drinking and driving, illegal drugs, and not wearing a seat belt that influences and changes lives. Richie takes his audience on a roller coaster ride telling his story, presenting the facts, and ultimately providing real life tips, solutions and take aways to prevent serious accidents and to save lives. **Richie’s audience will learn…**
    • What is distracted driving
    • How to recognize distracted driving
    • When and how to confront someone else when the are driving distracted
    • Captivating Drunk Driving Death Story
    • How to avoid drunk driving
    • How to avoid getting in the car with others who are drunk
    • Solutions for all distracted driving issues
    • How to prevent distracted driving through peer leadership and culture

  • Youth Motivational Speaker for Athlete Development

    You know how student athletes think they aren’t big enough and don’t have enough talent to earn a d1 scholarship or make it professionally? Richie uses his experiences of playing football at Ole Miss as well as what he learned from earning a full scholarship as a walk on at 5’7? and 155 pounds soaking wet. He shows his audiences how to believe in themselves, how they can overcome their fears and challenges, and develop the courage to follow their hearts using a simple 5 step system. **Richie’s audience will learn…**
    • Richie assists Athletic teams and players when transitioning on the high school, collegiate, and professional levels
    • Making the transition academically and socially
    • Transitioning from old to new environments
    • Decision making on and off the field
    • The do’s and don’ts of social networking
    • Protecting their image
    • Peer influence and public perception

FAQs
  • HOW TO BOOK Richie Contartesi?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Richie Contartesi for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Richie Contartesi, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Richie Contartesi or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Richie Contartesi?

    Booking fees for Richie Contartesi, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Richie Contartesi, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Richie Contartesi?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Richie Contartesi for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Richie Contartesi for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Richie Contartesi or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Richie Contartesi or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Richie Contartesi

Youth Motivational Speaker & Author of “In Spite of the Odds”

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Richie Contartesi Biography

Meet Keynote Motivational Speaker, #1 Best Selling author and former professional football player, Richie Contartesi. Standing a stellar 5’7″ and weighing in at a magnificent 155 lbs. you wouldn’t think he’d be much of a football player. Instead, he looks more like a chess player. Don’t laugh, he’s good at chess too!

Who is Richie Contartesi? He was never the smartest, the biggest, the most talented, or the most gifted and in spite of all his childhood issues like failing 5th grade, watching his parents get divorced, and almost taking his own life. You will see a man who looks in the face of adversity and says “Bring it on”. You will see a kind and loving man with a big heart. You will see a man who laughs in the face of fear and you will be inspired by his relentless resilience to succeed.

Born on December 10, 1987, in West Palm Beach, Florida, Contartesi is the only boy and has four sisters. He knew his athletic ability and resilience for success at a very young age by taking on the challenge of riding a 2 wheel bicycle at 3 years old and winning. His football career started when he was 10 years old and right away he found his passion. Contartesi was determined to play college football and from hard work in high school, he had earned awards and accolades such as Most Valuable Player, Offensive Player of the Year, and Team Captain among others.

After making a mistake signing with Jacksonville University, he decided to take a chance on himself and follow his dream of walking on at Ole Miss. After 3 coaching staffs, 100’s of setbacks, and almost quitting, he pulled through till the end and earned a full Division 1 football scholarship at Ole Miss. More importantly, he surpassed his wildest dreams of catching passes in the SEC in front of 97,000, starting in all 12 games his senior year, and earning the scholar-athlete award twice. His inspirational book, “In Spite of the Odds” tells the triumph and determination.

After college, he wasn’t finished. The next dream was to move to NYC and eventually start his own business. He worked for two years in the corporate world and found himself quickly at the top, earning rookie of the year honors. Shortly after, It was time to start his own business.

He made the biggest mistake right away and quickly spent all his savings starting Ripped Athlete. While some may see this as a failure, the lessons learned was invaluable. “I failed, I learned more in that year than I’ve learned my whole life,” says Contartesi.

That setback launched another dream where Contartesi set out to start Anabolic Technology. Since learning what is takes to start a successful business, he now has the confidence to go out and go do whatever his heart tells him.

Currently, Contartesi speaks to adults and youth. He has realized through all of this that no matter how much he enjoys defying the odds, his true passion is in helping others defy theirs. As a Motivational Keynote Speaker, he helps adults and teens understand that their dreams are closer than they appear. Through all the noise and out of reach possibilities, speaking is truly his favorite way of communicating his passion.

Contartesi doesn’t just speak about football but shares how the person you become in pursuit of going after a major goal is more important than just achieving the goal itself.

In his spare time when Contartesi isn’t challenging himself with CrossFit, he spends time with family, friends, golfing, writing, playing/watching football, learning, reading, and running.

Richie Contartesi Videos

  • Richie Contartesi's Corporate Speech Video Intro - YouTube
    The Introduction video for motivational keynote speaker and #1 best selling author, Richie Contartesi as he takes the stage for corporate events ...
  • Leadership Conference Highlight | Richie Contartesi

Richie Contartesi Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Richie Contartesi

Richie Contartesi Speaking Topics

  • Keynote: My True Inspirational Story

    Having a good story is one thing, but saying it in a way that inspires change is a whole other ball game. Richie’s story at Ole Miss has hit 4, #1 best seller lists and continues to inspire thousands of people every day. Inspiring change in our youth requires the power of stories and not just any story, but ones that engage and captivate them. We are tired of being told what to do or being scared into doing things we don’t want to. Instead, we need motivation, comedy, and real life stories to change the way we think in a positive way. Richie dives into the details of the events theme to tailor his speech and message to hit home. Using stories from his own life, Richie encourages positive change and encourages others to reach their full potential. Although he tailors his message to your theme, the message stays the same. Finding your passion, clarity, building relationships, overcoming fear, adversity, and ultimately staying persistent until the end. His story is proof that anything is possible.

  • Anti-Bullying Program

    Are you alarmed by the epidemic of bullying that is sweeping our nation’s schools? I don’t know who wouldn’t be? I know I am. This interactive anti-bullying program for school assemblies is not just motivational but gives students the tools and steps to overcome bullying with peer leadership, smart choices, and character. Richie understands that a kid is being bullied every 7 minutes that why he has put together this heartfelt program that can give students all the knowledge they needed to avoid becoming targets or victims, while empowering them to help others who are the victims of bullying in JUST 1 hour.

  • Richie’s audience will learn…


    • How to recognize and respond to bullying
    • When to stand up, when to walk away, and when to tell an adult
    • Empowering students to stand up and not be victims of bullying
    • Cyberbullying and social media effects on the brain and solutions
    • Internet Safety and Reality
    • Practical steps for building confidence, self-esteem and developing resiliency
    • How to prevent and stop bullying through peer leadership and culture

  • Distracted Driving Program

    Are you afraid that the ones closest to you are drinking and driving? Texting when driving? Not wearing a seat belt? Or getting in the car with others who are doing the same? Richie is a Distracted Driving Speaker. He had a horrific drinking and driving accident happen to someone very close to him. It not only affected his life, but the 100’s of people of both families, friends and their lives moving forward. Richie spent a lot of time creating a program for safe driving which includes distracted driving, drinking and driving, illegal drugs, and not wearing a seat belt that influences and changes lives. Richie takes his audience on a roller coaster ride telling his story, presenting the facts, and ultimately providing real life tips, solutions and take aways to prevent serious accidents and to save lives. **Richie’s audience will learn…**
    • What is distracted driving
    • How to recognize distracted driving
    • When and how to confront someone else when the are driving distracted
    • Captivating Drunk Driving Death Story
    • How to avoid drunk driving
    • How to avoid getting in the car with others who are drunk
    • Solutions for all distracted driving issues
    • How to prevent distracted driving through peer leadership and culture

  • Youth Motivational Speaker for Athlete Development

    You know how student athletes think they aren’t big enough and don’t have enough talent to earn a d1 scholarship or make it professionally? Richie uses his experiences of playing football at Ole Miss as well as what he learned from earning a full scholarship as a walk on at 5’7? and 155 pounds soaking wet. He shows his audiences how to believe in themselves, how they can overcome their fears and challenges, and develop the courage to follow their hearts using a simple 5 step system. **Richie’s audience will learn…**
    • Richie assists Athletic teams and players when transitioning on the high school, collegiate, and professional levels
    • Making the transition academically and socially
    • Transitioning from old to new environments
    • Decision making on and off the field
    • The do’s and don’ts of social networking
    • Protecting their image
    • Peer influence and public perception

FAQs on booking Richie Contartesi

  • How to book Richie Contartesi?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Richie Contartesi for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Richie Contartesi, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Richie Contartesi or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Richie Contartesi?

    Booking fees for Richie Contartesi, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Richie Contartesi, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Richie Contartesi?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Richie Contartesi for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Richie Contartesi for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Richie Contartesi or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Richie Contartesi or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Richie Contartesi is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Richie Contartesi for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Richie Contartesi generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Hiroki Takeuchi, Fran Tarkenton, Eric Dickerson, Anthony McCarley and Bryant McKinnie. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Richie Contartesi for an upcoming event.

Richie Contartesi Speaker Videos

  • Richie Contartesi's Corporate Speech Video Intro - YouTube
    The Introduction video for motivational keynote speaker and #1 best selling author, Richie Contartesi as he takes the stage for corporate events ...
    Leadership Conference Highlight | Richie Contartesi

Richie Contartesi Speaking Topics

  • Keynote: My True Inspirational Story

    Having a good story is one thing, but saying it in a way that inspires change is a whole other ball game. Richie’s story at Ole Miss has hit 4, #1 best seller lists and continues to inspire thousands of people every day. Inspiring change in our youth requires the power of stories and not just any story, but ones that engage and captivate them. We are tired of being told what to do or being scared into doing things we don’t want to. Instead, we need motivation, comedy, and real life stories to change the way we think in a positive way. Richie dives into the details of the events theme to tailor his speech and message to hit home. Using stories from his own life, Richie encourages positive change and encourages others to reach their full potential. Although he tailors his message to your theme, the message stays the same. Finding your passion, clarity, building relationships, overcoming fear, adversity, and ultimately staying persistent until the end. His story is proof that anything is possible.

  • Anti-Bullying Program

    Are you alarmed by the epidemic of bullying that is sweeping our nation’s schools? I don’t know who wouldn’t be? I know I am. This interactive anti-bullying program for school assemblies is not just motivational but gives students the tools and steps to overcome bullying with peer leadership, smart choices, and character. Richie understands that a kid is being bullied every 7 minutes that why he has put together this heartfelt program that can give students all the knowledge they needed to avoid becoming targets or victims, while empowering them to help others who are the victims of bullying in JUST 1 hour.

  • Richie’s audience will learn…


    • How to recognize and respond to bullying
    • When to stand up, when to walk away, and when to tell an adult
    • Empowering students to stand up and not be victims of bullying
    • Cyberbullying and social media effects on the brain and solutions
    • Internet Safety and Reality
    • Practical steps for building confidence, self-esteem and developing resiliency
    • How to prevent and stop bullying through peer leadership and culture

  • Distracted Driving Program

    Are you afraid that the ones closest to you are drinking and driving? Texting when driving? Not wearing a seat belt? Or getting in the car with others who are doing the same? Richie is a Distracted Driving Speaker. He had a horrific drinking and driving accident happen to someone very close to him. It not only affected his life, but the 100’s of people of both families, friends and their lives moving forward. Richie spent a lot of time creating a program for safe driving which includes distracted driving, drinking and driving, illegal drugs, and not wearing a seat belt that influences and changes lives. Richie takes his audience on a roller coaster ride telling his story, presenting the facts, and ultimately providing real life tips, solutions and take aways to prevent serious accidents and to save lives. **Richie’s audience will learn…**
    • What is distracted driving
    • How to recognize distracted driving
    • When and how to confront someone else when the are driving distracted
    • Captivating Drunk Driving Death Story
    • How to avoid drunk driving
    • How to avoid getting in the car with others who are drunk
    • Solutions for all distracted driving issues
    • How to prevent distracted driving through peer leadership and culture

  • Youth Motivational Speaker for Athlete Development

    You know how student athletes think they aren’t big enough and don’t have enough talent to earn a d1 scholarship or make it professionally? Richie uses his experiences of playing football at Ole Miss as well as what he learned from earning a full scholarship as a walk on at 5’7? and 155 pounds soaking wet. He shows his audiences how to believe in themselves, how they can overcome their fears and challenges, and develop the courage to follow their hearts using a simple 5 step system. **Richie’s audience will learn…**
    • Richie assists Athletic teams and players when transitioning on the high school, collegiate, and professional levels
    • Making the transition academically and socially
    • Transitioning from old to new environments
    • Decision making on and off the field
    • The do’s and don’ts of social networking
    • Protecting their image
    • Peer influence and public perception

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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