The Germantown Friends School annual Mercer Tate lecture is an opportunity for GFS middle and upper schoolers hear from “prominent speakers from various fields of public service.” The lecture series was created in honor of Mercer Tate, GFS class of 1948. Tate himself was “a dedicated public servant devoted to the GFS community and to Philadelphia,” and all of the speakers emulate these values.
Ryan Howard, a retired MLB player-turned-entrepreneur and his business partner, Wayne Kimmel, gave this year’s lecture. Introduced by the captains of the GFS softball and baseball teams and prompted by questions from Kimmel, Howard talked about how his childhood experiences led him to the big leagues.
Students were excited when they heard that Howard would be speaking at our assembly because he’s a big-time baseball star that many grew up watching play with the Phillies. Students didn’t know, however, about his entrepreneurship and public service. Howard chairs the SeventySix Capital’s Athlete Venture Group. He also works with The Big Piece Foundation, which he founded with his wife.
Howard’s lecture left students wanting to learn even more about his public service endeavors, and inspired our community to reach for the “big leagues” on and off the field.
**Picture Credit: Scott Foley**