Rhodes Scholar, humanitarian, and former NFL player Myron Rolle will share his inspirational story 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the Strand Union Building Ballrooms at Montana State University.
Rolle is one of just a few American college football players to achieve at top levels both on the field and in the classroom. A starting safety for Florida State University, he delayed playing in the NFL for one year to accept a prestigious Rhodes scholarship and a year at Oxford where he earned a master’s degree in medical anthropology. Rolle was drafted in the sixth round by the Tennessee Titans during the 2010 NFL draft, making Rolle one of just three Rhodes Scholars to play in the NFL. Rolle is a member of the first year class at Florida State University Medical School, with ambitions of becoming a neurosurgeon.
Carmen McSpadden, director of the MSU Leadership Institute, said that rich with experience from his service and the field, Rolle’s talk will challenge the audience to mobilize their intrinsic passions.
“This is a perfect MSU Year of Engaged Leadership event, as Rolle has lined his résumé with many outstanding accomplishments, demonstrating for all what it means to be a leader,” McSpadden said.
During Rolle's senior year in high school, he was ranked as the number one high school football player in the country. He also maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout middle and high school and accumulated 21 advanced placement credits prior to his enrollment at Florida State. His excellence in athletics and academics was the subject of an episode of ESPN "Outside the Lines."
Rolle has created various humanitarian organizations, including the Myron L. Rolle Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of health, wellness, educational and other charitable initiatives throughout the world that benefit children and families in need. Rolle also created the Myron Rolle Wellness and Leadership Academy, the Rhodes to Success program, and the Our Way to Health Program, aimed at helping overweight children in Florida’s Seminole Tribe get healthy through fitness education and training. He is also currently raising funds to develop a free health service clinic and sports complex in Exuma, Bahamas, the hometown of Rolle’s parents and grandparents.
Tickets for Rolle's lecture are available at all Bobcat ticket outlets including the Bobcat Ticket Office, Rosauers, the AskUs Desk at the SUB, by calling 994-CATS or (800) 325-7328 and online at www.ticketswest.com. Tickets are free, but there may be a small handling charge, depending on where the tickets are obtained. There will be a limit of four tickets per person. Larger groups may request Myron Rolle tickets via firstname.lastname@example.org
Rolle's lecture is a Year of Engaged Leadership event. It is sponsored by the MSU Leadership Institute, Associated Students of MSU, MSU Athletic Department, MSU Honors Program, the Office of the President, MSU Parent Family Association and KGLT. For more information call (406) 994-7275 or visit www.montana.edu/leadership/speakers.html or facebook.com/MSULeadershipInstitute or Twitter @MSU_Leadership.
Carmen McSpadden (406) 994-7667, Director, MSU Leadership Institute, email@example.com;