Presidential Honored Athlete 2019
Compete Forever! My Lessons as an Athlete
With 16 Division Titles, nine Super Bowl appearances, six Super Bowl titles, Tom Brady is one of the most accomplished and inspirational men in sports.
Brady was drafted in the sixth round as the 199th pick of the 2000 NFL draft by the New England Patriots and has won six Super Bowl titles with the team, one at the age of 41, more than any other quarterback in NFL history. Brady’s unprecedented football career includes a multitude of NFL records. He is the first player in NFL history to accumulate 80,000 total yards. Brady also holds the most game wins of any quarterback, is the all-time leader in passing yards and has the most career touchdown passes of any player in history.
Throughout his career, Brady has integrated a holistic and natural approach to health and wellness through preparation, performance and recovery. In 2014, Brady founded TB12, his performance lifestyle brand, in hopes of sharing his approach and wellness movement with a global audience. Brady’s TB12 brand delivers personalized, comprehensive programming to a worldwide audience and integrates revolutionary concepts in deep-force muscle pliability work, hydration, nutrition, functional strength & conditioning, and cognitive health. TB12 supports athletes through an omni-channel approach that incorporates physical locations and an expansive growth plan, immersive digital experiences, and innovative functional products.
In 2015, Brady published his motivational book, The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance
, a #1 New York Times Bestseller.
Brady prioritizes the importance of philanthropy. Through the TB12 Foundation, Brady helps young athletes maximize their potential by providing opportunities for holistic wellness education and elite training. He also maintains a long-standing relationship with Best Buddies, the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of people with intellectual and development disabilities.
Presidential Keynote 2019
The Importance of Medical and Sports Advocacy for Athletes at All Levels
Madison Kocian is an American gymnast who was part of the gold medal-winning team dubbed the “Final Five” at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, winning an individual silver medal in the uneven bars. She was also a member of the first-place American teams at the 2014 and 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
Kocian was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where her parents began taking her to the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) in Plano, Texas for her gymnastics training. WOGA is owned by Valeri Liukin and was the gym where Olympic All Around champions Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin trained. Kocian graduated from Spring Creek Academy in Plano, Texas in 2015, the same school that Patterson and Liukin attended. She currently attends the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where she is studying psychology and competes on the women’s gymnastics team. Upon completion of her degree at UCLA she hopes to become a pediatric orthopaedic physician’s assistant.
In 2018, she received the honors of Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association Scholastic All-American and Secondteam Pac-12 All-Academic. She came back from an August 2017 shoulder surgery to compete on at least one event in 13 of 15 meets in 2018 and finished the year competing on three events. Her 9.9375 on uneven bars in the NCAA Finals helped the Bruins’ complete a stunning comeback to win the national championship. In the fall of 2018, Kocian came forward as a survivor of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse alongside her UCLA teammate, Kyla Ross.
AOSSM gratefully acknowledges Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute for their generous support of the 2019 Presidential Keynote Speaker.
Building Home Depot and a Hedge Fund
Mr. Druckenmiller founded Duquesne Capital Management in 1981, which he ran until he closed the firm at the end of 2010. From 1988 to 2000, he was a Managing Director at Soros Fund Management, where he served as Lead Portfolio Manager of the Quantum Fund and Chief Investment Officer of Soros (1989 – 2000) and had overall responsibility for funds with a peak asset value of 22 billion. Early on in his career, Druckenmiller worked at Pittsburgh National Bank and The Dreyfus Corporation.
Druckenmiller is Chairman of the Board of the Harlem Children’s Zone; Chairman of Blue Meridian Partners; a Board member for Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Environmental Defense Fund; a member of the Investment Committee of Bowdoin College and is Co-founder and Board member of Kasparov Chess Foundation. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bowdoin College with degrees in economics and English, and thereafter earned graduate degree credits in economics from the University of Michigan.
Ken Langone is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Invemed Associates LLC., a New York Stock Exchange member firm specializing in healthcare and high technology companies. He received a BA from Bucknell University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Langone remains active with both institutions and is currently serving on the board of overseers of the Stern School and on the board of trustees of New York University, as well as chairman of the Trustees of New York University Medical Center. In April 2008 the medical center was renamed the NYU Langone Medical Center reflecting a major gift from Langone and his wife Elaine.
He was a member of the Bucknell University Board of Trustees where he served as Chairman of its nominating committee, its endowment and as a member of its executive committee. He is a co-founder of Home Depot and was lead director and a member of the executive committee of its board from 1978 until 2008. He also serves on the boards of Unifi, Inc., Micell Technologies, Relationship Sciences and Juice Press. In addition, he serves on the boards of NYU Winthrop Hospital, The Center for Strategic and International Studies, The Ronald McDonald House of NY, Horatio Alger Society Foundation and the Harlem Children’s Zone and its charter school, The Promise Academy. He also serves on the St. Patrick’s Cathedral board where he led the fundraising effort for its recent restoration and renovation. Langone and his wife have three sons and two grandchildren.