Gian Paul Gonzalez is widely recognized for inspiring the New York Giants to their 2012 Super Bowl victory with the phrase “All In.”
Gonzalez, a high school teacher in Union City, N.J., was asked to lead a chapel service for members of the New York Giants team the night before the team’s Christmas Eve 2011 game against the New York Jets. To illustrate the concept of commitment Gonzalez handed each football player a poker chip, instructing them to write their number on one side of the chip and write what they wanted to be committed to on the other side. He then shared with the team the meaning behind the poker phrase “All In”. Gian Paul inspired them to be committed and put all their “chips” on the table. He went on to urge players to fully commit to anything they take on, whether as a father, husband, son or even, a football player. The team went on to win every game, up to and including Super Bowl XLVI, where they beat the New England Patriots 21-17.
Gian Paul Gonzalez is himself an inspiration. He was a former NCAA First Team All-American forward from Montclair State University scoring nearly 1,400 points in his 3 year career. Played in the NBA Summer League in 2007 and was offered a few professional basketball contracts, yet he turned them down in order to continue his work with at-risk youth. He is a gifted motivational speaker and is the founder of Hope + Future, an organization dedicated to using athletics & physical fitness to share a message of hope and striving for excellence in inner-city public schools and juvenile jails.
The Hope + Future Foundation provides opportunities for youth to proactively become empowered members of their community through extracurricular activities, events and programming to provide health, and wellness while bridging the gaps between individual growth, improving families, and unifying communities around a common core belief that there is a hope for each child personally, academically, socially, and economically while creating numerous mechanisms to achieve in the present and in the future.
“ALL IN’ is not a slogan, it’s a LIFEstyle.
He has been featured on ESPN as well as had notable appearances on Fox News and CNN. His inspirational talks have made him an internationally renowned speaker for NBA, NFL, English Premiere League & Fortune 500 organizations.
Professional coaches draw up game plans, marketing teams unveil new sales strategies, however no matter how revolutionary or fool proof the plans the key for successful implementation is in the commitment of the listeners to carry out what they’ve heard and not just agree but go ALL IN. In this program Gian Paul discusses the keys to helping empower you and your organization to truly commit to your goals despite the obstacles which will try to hinder the type of ALL IN commitment you will need for success. Gian Paul’s story telling passionately describes the origination of a phrase birthed in a New York Giants locker room, to becoming a yearly motto for many of the top corporations around the world. Gian Paul implores his listeners to let ALL IN be more than just a slogan, but become a lifestyle that will impact all parts of their existence. As a reminder for their commitment each member receives a physical memento to help remind them to stay ALL IN.
Many times in life we commit to change , only to be discouraged when we begin to experience difficulty adapting to it. An excellent follow up to “Going ALL IN” , Gian Paul discusses how to react towards failures that naturally come along the path of an ALL IN lifestyle. He approaches the ideals that come along with failure, and isolation mentality which needs to be combatted in order to staying committed through the tough times. He concludes with a powerful story of his grandfather father surviving political prison in communist Cuba, and how it impacted Gian Paul’s life to achieving his ambition of playing in the NBA in Los Angeles and working with inner-city youth. As in all of Gian Paul’s talks the audience is left with a physical memento to take home to help reinforce the message and stay committed to a lifestyle of ALL IN.
“Gian Paul was the perfect opening for our national conference. His inspirational message and positive encouragement set the tone for the rest of our time together. His message made me realize the impact we could all have on our communities and the courage it takes to live by the “All In” mindset.”
“Gian is an excellent motivational speaker!”
“Gian Paul was a pleasure to work with. His message reached across each work group and was very well received by all. He took the time to get to know what we were looking for and knocked it out of the park.”