• Youth Motivational Speaker
  • CSU 2012 Player of the Year
  • 10th leading rusher in CSU history
  • Bachelors degree in Business Administration, CSU
  • Masters degree in International Business, CSU
  • William V. Campbell Trophy Semifinalist (“Academic Heisman”)


Chris's Speaking

Chris Nwoke (pronounced WOH-kay), embodies what it means to have character. Born of immigrant Nigerian parents, Chris says his father’s humble upbringing and hard work ethic has shaped him to be the upstanding person he is today.

Having appreciation of where his father came from, Chris centers his talks on the importance of working hard, having a positive attitude, and creating a strong mindset. Chris says he believes each person has the power to “steer his or her own train” to find success. Chris says he hopes his message of hard work, overcoming failure, and not letting your circumstances define you inspires students across the country.

Chris is considered one of the greatest running backs in Colorado State University (CSU) history. He is the 10th all-time leading rushing at CSU and was named as CSU’s 2012 Player of the Year. He has received a slew of honors both on and off the field in recognition of his athletic and academic triumphs. Not letting any opportunity slip by, Chris earned both a bachelors and masters degrees in business at CSU all while setting CSU football records and giving 110% on the field.

Chris says he enjoys sharing his story of hope, hard work, and strong drive with students and hopes his messages with resonate with today’s students.

“I know not everyone is going to play college or professional sports. However, I believe playing a sport, doing well at school, and being a good family member all work together to make a person successful in life. Football ends one day for everybody. When they don’t make the NFL or they get hurt, the athletes who didn’t take full advantage of the education offered to them lose out in the end,” says Chris.

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The Path to Tomorrow
A few years ago Chris Nwoke was on a camping trip where he noticed a crooked tree.  The tree was planted in the wrong spot; its roots stood behind a large rock that blocked the sun. Instead of giving up, the tree curved its trunk around the rock in order to reach the sun’s light. Chris noticed that the tree was not only alive, but also was flourishing. It was willing to bend, and therefore it lived.

In this speech, The Path to Tomorrow, Chris uses the crooked little tree to talk about the importance of never giving up.

From Chris’s humble upbringing by immigrant Nigerian parents, to his formula for successful habits that prime someone for success, Chris inspires students across the country about the importance of being a good person both on and off the field.

The centerpiece of Chris’s speech is character. Chris says character is defined by how we act when no one is watching and he encourages students to put in the extra time to do everything right. He says this includes going to practice, finishing the workout, running all the miles without slowing down, studying for tests, going to all your classes, respecting your teachers, being a good community leader and role model, and helping your family.

Chris says, “It doesn’t matter how we were planted in life, there’s always an opportunity to grow and to be the best we can be.”

Hire Chris to motivate and inspire your audience members.

Recent Testimonial
We were extremely pleased to have Chris Nwoke speak with our students during our fall sports kickoff. Chris gave an extremely worthwhile message to our kids about goal-setting, work ethic, and character. Several times during his presentation our adults could be seen jotting down comments that Chris had made to use later in the evening.

Chris Nwoke was genuine, thoughtful, inspiring, and he certainly reached a great amount of our audience with his humanity. He thoroughly researched our needs and tailored his conversation to match our goals. Following this he took the time to talk with small groups and individuals. He gave his time and attention to all who sought him out.

I would, and already have, highly recommended Chris Nwoke to anyone interested in helping their students become better people. He is a true benefit to the people he meets.


Greg Biga
High School Asst Principal
District Athletic Director
Ellicott Schools


Chris's Bio
Chris Nwoke (pronounced WOH-kay), 24, is a motivational speaker at Corporate Kickoff. He talks to today’s youth about overcoming failures and challenges as well as the importance of having a hard work ethic and positive mindset.

As a former CSU football star, Chris uses his notoriety to inspire high school and college students, encouraging students to take advantage of all the opportunities that lay ahead for them without taking anything for granted along the way. Chris says he believes playing a sport, doing well at school, and being a good family and community member all work together to make a person successful in life.

Chris’s athletic career began when he was just seven years old playing in local Pop Warner leagues. Later, as a senior at Thunder Ridge High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Chris became a powerhouse football player, rushing for more than 1,700 yards and scoring 34 touchdowns on only 199 carries. Chris powered his team to a 10-0 regular-season record and a Southern Conference title, finishing his high school career with 3,758 rushing yards and 57 touchdowns. The Denver Post named Chris All-Colorado and All-State, a recognition saluting only the top high school athletes in Colorado.

Chris’s athletic prowess continued at Colorado State University (CSU). Perhaps the tipping point in Chris’s storied college football career came in 2012 during his sophomore year at CSU. In a game against Air Force, Chris rushed 279 yards and scored three touchdowns. In the next game against San Diego, he rushed another 259 yards. Over the course of five games, he rushed a total of 1,000 yards. He finished his career at CSU with 2,455 total rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. As a result of Chris’s dominance on the field, he received the Thurman “Fum” McGraw award, was named CSU 2012 Player of the Year, and is the 10th leading rusher in CSU history.

While Chris is proud of his athletic performance, he is even more proud off his accomplishments off the field.

Chris was named as a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an American college football player who excels in academics, community service and on-field performance. The award is considered by many be to the “Academic Heisman.” Additionally, Chris was a NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award winner, an award that honors athletes who excel in athletic, academic and leadership skills. Chris also earned an undergraduate degree in business administration (with a 3.4 GPA) and a master’s degree in International Business from CSU (with a 3.8 GPA).

While the opportunity to play for the NFL wasn’t in the cards for Chris, he decided to pull upon his academics to create a name for himself as a motivational speaker at Corporate Kickoff. Today, Chris travels the country to share his story about what it means to give it all you’ve got. He lives in Highlands Ranch, CO.

Awards and Honors
Athletic Honors:

  • CSU 2012 Player of the Year
  • 10th leading rusher in CSU history
  • Thurman “Fum” McGraw Award receipt
  • Second Team All Conference
  • College Football Performance Awards Running Back Award watch list (an honor given to the nation’s top running back)
  • Named All-Colorado and All-State (in high school) by the Denver Post
  • 2nd Team all conference Mountain West honors
  • MVP-Colorado State Football Team
  • 1st Team Preseason Mountain West Nomination

Academic Honors:

  • William V. Campbell Trophy Semifinalist (“Academic Heisman” award)
  • NFF Scholar-Athlete Award recipient
  • CSU Excellence in Education Award receipt (Waterpik Excellence in Education Award)
  • 3 Time All Academic Mountain West Awards