GREENSBURG – Former NBA player, motivational speaker and teen life coach Chad Varga spoke at Greensburg, North Decatur and South Decatur High Schools this week, with an additional program for parents at the county school administration building.
Looking at the confident, upbeat man that entered the gymnasium at North Decatur High School (NDHS) Wednesday, no one would guess he’d grown up enduring horrific child abuse on a daily basis. No one would imagine that he and his sister grew up watching their mother destroy her life with a series of abusive boyfriends, drugs and alcohol addictions. And, knowing how his life started, few would predict how successful he would become. Few except Chad himself, that is.
Katie Delph, president of Students Against Destructive Decisions at NDHS, gave Varga a glowing introduction before passing the microphone to the motivational speaker. Varga commanded the attention of every student at NDHS, which is no small feat in itself.
Varga began his presentation by telling the assembled students about himself. He outlined all the ways he has been successful in his life: phenomenal high school basketball career, first person in his family to go to college, career with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA, a career in the professional basketball league in Europe and now the founder and president of Inspire Now.
At 25 years old and the height of his career, Varga turned down a multi-million dollar NBA contract that would have ensured him financial security. He’d had a moment where he realized that his experience and background gave him the rare opportunity to make a difference to others. In the seven years since walking away from basketball and speaking to teens across the country, Varga has spoken to more than 3.5 million students.
“I didn’t come here today to make money,” Varga said. “I came here today to make a deposit in your lives, in your future.”