Motivational speaker hopes to inspire LRHS seniors


Emily Hall – Mustangs Ahead

NEWS(Lakewood Ranch, FL) – During third period Wednesday inspirational speaker Bobby Petrocelli will return to LRHS to motivate seniors with his personal story of triumph after devastating tragedy. After speaking on campus about six years prior, Petrocelli requested to come back to LRHS with a free seminar sponsored by Synovus Bank.

Petrocelli is a famous motivational speaker who visits colleges, businesses, professional athletic teams and schools to inspire people.

“He’s here to bring a spark to the school,” said LRHS economics teacher and boys soccer coach Vito Bavaro, who is in charge of organizing the presentation.

Petrocelli started speaking in public after he overcame the tragic death of his wife. One night, a pickup truck driven by a drunk driver crashed through his bedroom wall and killed his wife while she was in bed.

The tragedy combined with his love for youth as a high school teacher and coach inspired Petrocelli to tell his story to prevent other tragedies such as this.

In his presentations, he discusses things like responsible decision making, making the best of circumstances, learning how to empower life, seizing the moment, and how the little things can make the greatest impact.