Speakers for 2016!

Dwight Evans, Former Red Sox Right Fielder


Dwight Evans, nicknamed Dewey, made his Major League Baseball debut with the Boston Red Sox in 1972. During his 18 years with the team, Evans won eight Gold Glove Awards and the Silver Sluggar Award twice.  Additionally, he was a 3-time All Star and was the American League home run leader in 1981. He was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2000 and was recently voted on the "All Fenway Team" as the Red Sox all time greatest right fielder. His wife Susan will also speak!


Kevin Robinson (K-Rob), 4 time X Games Gold Medalist


Kevin comes from a hard-working, blue-collar family from East Providence, Rhode Island. After a slow start to his pro career, Kevin took his family's work ethic to the vert ramp and now finds himself consistently on the podium as one of the most progressive and creative Vert and MegaRamp riders in BMX. Kevin finally had his dream season in 2006 when he took home two gold medals from X Games 12. 

Teal Bunbury, New England Revolution Midfielder*


Teal Bunbury has spent the last two seasons in New England following a trade with Sporting Kansas City ahead of the 2014 season. Since joining the Revs, Bunbury has transitioned from a center forward to a wide midfielder, becoming more of a creator in the process. He recorded more assists in his first two seasons in New England than in his previous four with Kansas City, while he set career-highs in appearances (31) and assists (6) in his first season with the Revs. Internationally, Bunbury represented Canada at the youth level, but opted to play for the U.S. National Team at the senior level, collecting four caps and scoring one goal since making his debut in 2010.


*Note: Due to a last-minute schedule change for the New England Revolution, Teal is unable to join us live. However, he feels so strongly about the event and getting his message out that he did a live interview with our media team exclusive for the 2016 New England Festival of Hope. You can watch it on big screens at the event and online afterwards. We are sorry for the change but we are grateful for Teal's passion to bring you his words of hope.

Walt Day, Director of Athletes in Action Pro Sports Ministry


Walt Day is the Director of Athletes in Action Pro Sports Ministry for the New England Region. As director for last 24 years, he served as Chaplain to the New England Patriots for 13 season (1993-2006). He also served as Chapel Leader to the Boston Red Sox for 13 seasons (1995-2008). During that span Walt played a behind-the-scenes role for five World Champion teams and served members of the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins and New England Revolution. As part of his role as Chaplain, he has taken many pro athletes out to serve those in need. They have worked extensively with inner city churches in Boston, reached out to the homeless in partnership with the Providence, RI Rescue Mission, and visited many Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Hospital in DC. 


Walt is a Warwick, RI native and worked three seasons in the front office of the Pawtucket Red Sox (1979-1981) before starting the ministry of Athletes in Action at Syracuse University. 

A Special Tribute

For the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we will honor the fallen, the heroes and the families of each with an honor guard, uplifting music and more. 


Distinguished Guests: RI Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed; 1st Ward Councilor & Vice Chair, City of Newport, Marco T. Camacho; Representatives from local Police and Fire Departments; the United States Navy Band Northeast. 


We will remember. We will hope!  

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed


M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D – District 13, Jamestown, Newport) was first elected to the Rhode Island Senate in 1992. In January 2009, Senator Paiva Weed was first elected by her colleagues to serve as President of the Senate. Senator Paiva Weed is the first woman in Rhode Island’s history to serve in this capacity. Senator Paiva Weed was re-elected President in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Before becoming Senate President, Senator Paiva Weed served as Rhode Island’s first female Senate Majority Leader, a position she held for five years. She had previously served as Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee from 2002 through January 2004. From 2000 to 2002, she served as Deputy Chair of the Finance Subcommittee on Public Safety and the Environment. From 1997 through 2000, she served as the Senate’s first woman Chair of the Judiciary Committee. Prior to her election to the Senate, Ms. Paiva Weed was Chairwoman of the Newport Affordable Housing Commission, and she has served as a member of the Newport Democratic City Committee since 1988.

In her second Senate term, Senator Paiva Weed led the legislative effort to reform the Rhode Island welfare system. During her tenure as Chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee, she was instrumental in the passage of legislation that changed the manner in which judges are selected to a merit-based process. As Vice Chairwoman of the Finance Committee, she was involved in sensitive state budget negotiations. In addition, she has won passage of many landmark bills, such as state pension reform, the establishment of a property tax cap, the Family Independence Act, and legislation restructuring the Victim’s Compensation Fund.


President Paiva Weed has served on the Senate Commission on Judicial Selection, the Senate Oil Spill Commission, the Rhode Island Trust and Investment Commission, the Rhode Island Blue Ribbon Task Force, the Rhode Island Commission on Judicial Tenure and Discipline, the Supreme Task Force to Examine the Administrative Adjudication Court, the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Task Force, and the Senate Select Commission on Quasi Public Agencies.

Senate President Paiva Weed has been recognized by the Governor’s Council on Disabilities, the Governor’s Council on Tourism, the National Association of Social Workers, the Center for Hispanic Policy and Advocacy, the Newport County NAACP, the United Way, the Rhode Island Council of Community Mental Health Centers, the Rhode Island Ambassador of Hospitality and Tourism, and the Newport and Jamestown Business and Professional Women’s Club.


Senate President Paiva Weed is an attorney from Newport.

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