Topics: Sports, Football, Cancer Survival, Inspirational
Areas: San Joaquin County, Northern California, National
Title: NFL and Pro Football Hall of Fame Author, Sports Columnist, Cancer Survivor, Motivational and Inspirational Speaker
Are you a fan of football as it was played during the NFL’s Golden Age? Do you want to hear the inside stories of the players who made it happen? One of a handful of women to break into the all-male world of professional football, Dr. Kristine Clark has written more books on the subject than any other woman and was the first to do a book signing at the legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame. A frequent guest on ESPN, the NFL Network, and featured in NFL Films presentations and documentaries, Dr. Clark covered the Hall of Fame induction weekends for Gameday Magazine for 15 years as one of their sportswriters. Her lively talk regales football aficionados with intimate—even shocking—details of Hall of Fame players’ professional lives as she skillfully weaves little-known stories into the fascinating history of football’s Golden Age.
And Dr. Clark speaks on another topic: cancer survival. If your group is sports-oriented, she’ll wow them with her football presentation, but she can also combine both topics into a riveting talk that motivates your audience to overcome any life challenge. Football and cancer in one presentation? Yes! Because if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer or are facing any life challenge that demands strength and courage, you’ll gain insights and inspiration from a ground-breaking sportswriter who knows about winning.
The author of Death Was Never an Option! A Humorously Serious Story on Beating Cancer, Dr. Clark shares how she overcame the pains and challenges of the disease—from initial diagnosis through treatment and ultimate recovery. A gifted athlete, physical education teacher, wife, mother, and later, high school administrator and college professor, Kristine Clark has never let anything stand in the way of her goals—not even a life-threatening bout with Hodgkin’s Disease, blindness in both eyes for ten months, and resulting partial blindness at age 26. Her passion for life, her unwavering optimism, and her drive to live fully will inspire your group as it has Clark’s students, friends, and those about whom she’s written—including her childhood football idol and close friend, Bob St. Clair of the San Francisco 49ers. And whether it’s football or how to overcome life’s obstacles, Clark fills her presentations with humor and engages the audience in a lively Q and A.
If you opt for Dr. Clark’s NFL talk, your audience will leave entertained by remarkable stories of football’s Golden Age and its contrast to today’s far-different game. And if you choose her life-changing cancer survival talk—or both talks combined—you’ll feel empowered to deal with any life challenge. Both presentations leave Kristine Clark’s audiences infused with optimism based on knowledge so, like her, they’re inspired to thrive and survive.
Presented as keynotes, breakouts, seminars or workshops, retreats, trainings and Webinars. Doctor Clark is also available as a panel guest or moderator. .
Death Was Never an Option
If you or someone you know has ever confronted the life-and-death struggle of a cancer diagnosis, you will want to attend Dr. Kristine Clark ’s inspiring presentation of her encounter with Hodgkin’s Disease, as published in her memoir, Death Was Never an Option! Her candid account of the illness—ranging from serious to hilarious—takes her audience through every step of the process, from initial diagnosis through all the stages of treatment, including the chemotherapy that caused her temporary blindness. Emotions run the gamut from fear to frustration to embarrassment, love, and joy.
You audience will be inspired by Dr. Clark’s steadfast optimism and humor as she celebrates life and the ultimate triumph of one passionate and determined woman in search of all the right answers. Cancer patients and their families will readily enjoy a humorous look at this sobering subject with its hopeful and happy ending.
Pro Football’s Fabulous Fifties
Based on her popular books about the Golden Age of professional football, Dr. Kristine Clark’s presentation recounts exciting, sometimes shocking, and often hilarious anecdotes of some of the NFL’s immortal Hall of Famers. These rugged and resilient men played not for the fame and fortune it would bring them, but solely for the love of the game.
Dr. Clark’s recollection of those “good ol’ days” is likely as close as your audience will ever get to sitting on the team bench and eavesdropping on the all-time greats as they talk candidly about the legendary wars and warriors of football’s golden years. Here is a rare opportunity to get an intimate look into the incomparable brilliance of the individual player as well as the unique team chemistry. Your audience will rub shoulders with the magic and the myth of professional football as it impacted this All-American sport and its millions of fans.
The author of nine popular books, Dr. Kristine Clark’s personality, close relationship with her subjects, and her engaging writing style allow her to take readers to uncharted territory: the often humorous and always intriguing backstory of some of the most famous events and players in the world of sports. Her achievements have led her to guest appearances on major sports talk radio shows. In February 2014, Dr. Clark’s first book, Undefeated Untied and Uninvited, was the subject of The ’51 Dons, an ESPN documentary for Black History Month narrated by Johnny Mathis. She is currently working on a treatment for a documentary on The Fighting Donovans.
Over the years, Dr. Clark has held a number of book signing events with the many celebrity subjects of her books at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. She has also been a keynote speaker for many corporate, sports, and educational venues and is an avid advisory board representative for Mike Ditka’s Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund. In November of 2014 Kris and the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce kicked off their First Annual Chamber of Commerce/49ers/Gridiron Greats luncheon.
Besides Undefeated, Untied, and Uninvited, a documentary of the 1951 University of San Francisco Dons’ Football Team, Dr. Kristine Clark has authored: Legends of the Hall: 1950s; St. Clair: I’ll Take It Raw, the life of former San Francisco 49er and Hall of Fame member, Bob St. Clair (foreword by Gino Marchetti); Lilly: A Cowboy’s Story, the life of former Dallas Cowboys and Hall of Fame member, Bob Lilly (foreword by Roger Staubach); Nothing Comes Easy: My Life in Football by former football great and Hall of Fame member Y. A. Tittle (foreword by Frank Gifford; The Fire Within, the life of Former Green Bay Packer and Hall of Fame Member Jim Taylor (foreword by Bart Starr); Controlled Violence, the life of former New York Giant, Washington Redskins and Hall of Fame member Sam Huff (foreword by Frank Gifford); The Fighting Donovans, a family history of World Boxing champion and Boxing Hall of Fame boxer Mike Donovan, world champion boxing referee and Boxing Hall of Fame referee Arthur Donovan, Sr., and former Baltimore Colt defensive tackle and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Arthur Donovan, Jr. (foreword by Frank Stallone). Her latest book, Cheating Is Encouraged! with former Raiders wide receiver Mike Siani was released through Skyhorse Publishing (an imprint of W. W. Norton in New York) in September of 2015. It is currently in its second printing. In the summer of 2016, Football’s Fabulous Fifties: When Men Were Men and the Grass Was Still Real, will be released by St. Johann’s Press.
In 1977, Kristine was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s Disease and given three months to live. After enduring ten months of blindness caused by the grueling chemotherapy treatments, she eventually beat the disease. Her autobiographical memoir, Death Was Never an Option! A Humorously Serious Story on Beating Cancer, was released in December 2015.
A graduate of the University of San Francisco, Dr. Clark resides in Stockton, California, and has two grown children and four grandsons. Her oldest grandson, Justin, is the godson of former All-Pro San Francisco 49er and Hall of Fame member Bob St. Clair.