... His stature and stage presence brought total silence from the audience during his presentation and left them spellbound. His comments illustrated respect for authority, appreciation for role model teachers during his school years... ... People tell me this was our very best Opening Day Prgram, mainly because of our speaker, Winston Bennett III.
... I cannot tell you the faces I saw come alive as Winston spoke to the students. We never really know who will be touched by one's words. However, I am confident that Coach Bennett touched the lives of many of our students with his inspirational words ...
He hit the nail right on the head. He spoke right to where our youth are living. His comments on not only knowing God's will but also on doing it were right on target. This was one of the best contemporary services we've had. I'm so glad our youth could hear him.
Winston Bennett spoke to several hundred of our associates and connected with them in a way many other speakers have not. His name recognition from UK basketball, his stories relating to personal challenges, packaged in an overall scheme of change and personal growth allowed our associates to think differently about change, and the value of change.
As one associate put it, "you guys talk about change all the time, but Mr. Bennett came at it from a different angle, and I get it now."
That was precisely what we hoped to achieve, and Winston did it with flying colors.