As a professional track and field athlete and Olympic Trials Qualifier, Steven Benedict has run in some of the worlds most prestigious events. In addition to the Adidas Classic Diamond League and US Nationals, he ran for Nike for 2 years and was A Penn Relays Champion. Featured in 50 national and international magazines such as Train, ESPN Magazine, Mens Fitness, Mens Health and Fitness RX, Steven offers advise and motivation to elite and up and coming athletes alike. Beyond the track, he is the founder of “Fostering Success” a non-profit organization that pairs Professional Athletes with Foster Kids and is a powerful motivational speaker and author. These accomplishments were not what was expected based on his early years. Steven’s childhood began in an abusive home which resulted in he and his brothers placement in foster care. Over the course of his first 8 years, he was moved between homes and motels with little certainty of what the next day would bring. At age 8, he and his brother were adopted by an incredible couple which possessed traits of joy, humility, sacrifice and unconditional love. The time with these parents would be short lived, however as both his mom and dad suffered untimely deaths within a few years of each other. The pain of these losses nearly ended Steven’s professional career but as history would repeat itself, once again, Steven defied the odds and is back stronger than ever to be proof that experiences in life are nothing more than another day of training in becoming a champion for others. He is passionate to set the pace for the coming generations as an example of what relentless strength and faith can accomplish.
Recent Keynote Speaking Engagements
Awards and Recognition
• Invite to train at Olympic Training Center Chula Vista Cal
• Mt. Sac Relays Elite Invite
• Adidas Invite
• Millrose Games
• US Open Sprint Med Invite
• Ranked 20th at Nationals in the 200m
• Adidas Classic Diamond League 4x400m meet record
• Ranked 9th at National meet in San Fran in the 200m
• Ranked 18th at Nationals in the 200m
• Reebok Classic Invite
• Set a new meet record at Monmouth Invitational
• Olympic Trials Qualifier
• Penn Relays Champion 4x100m
• Mid Atlantic Champion 200m
• Metropolitan 200m Champion indoors
• Nike Sponsored Athlete
• Competed at the New Balance National College Meet
• Indoor Conference Championship 2nd place in 200m
• Ran on the Club Nationals sprint relay team that set a new meet record
• FitnessRX Magazine
• Men's Health Magazine
• Men's Fitness Magazine
• GQ Magazine
• Men's Health Magazine
• Details Magazine
• Maximum Fitness Magazine
• Maximum Fitness Magazine
• ESPN U Magazine
• Men's Exercise Magazine
A yearly gala dinner held for potential and newly adopting and foster parents. In which I was the keynote speaker and sharing insights on my story and how it was transistioning from foster homes to a permanent family.
Red Carpet fundrasieing event. Guest presenter and impactor for the kids who attended and shared their storie with me.
Charity events hosted by Tracy Evans (Olympian) gathering other athletes of olympic and elite level all to impact children of Rwanda throught the platform of sport.
Christine Devine's one hour special on adoption and foster care. Steven opens the doors to his personal experiences. Lending insight to those wanting to foster, adopt as well as those kids waiting to be adopted.
Specail apearance at a Santa Monica school of the arts. Spoke on bullying in schools and how to overcome the challenges of being picked on taking a stand against it.
Keynote Speaker at the Empower Me Gala for children fighting disease. Impacted and interacted with a crowd of 300 mix of adults and kids. Spoke how we empower ourselves those around us to be better through our daily actions and beliefs.
I had the pleasure of being the Keynote speaker in this events 9th year of being conducted. Impacting over 600 foster children, parents and coaches of how I'm just like them as I was a foster child but that was not my life sentence in fact a characteristic that made me unique.
I was the keynote speaker at the american red cross event for foster children who had reached the maxium limit in the foster care system. I spoke to them on preparation, diligence and values in fostering thier success of the future. Also explaining that thier current situation is not thier end circumstance but a stepping stone to thier greatest days ahead.
Jennifer Lopez has joined Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as an official spokesperson to encourage supporters to “Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are.” The actress and singer is the latest celebrity to join Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ efforts to raise funds and awareness for 170 member children’s hospitals across North America. Lopez, an actress, singer, American Idol judge and mother of twins, is a longtime supporter of children’s hospitals through her Lopez Family Foundation. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals announced this past Friday that Jennifer Lopez will be appearing in print, television and radio ads, including commercials airing during the season’s final episodes of Fox’s American Idol, to bring attention to how donations to children’s hospitals provide lifesaving care that isn’t covered by government programs or insurance.
Private intataion held at Universal Studios. Red carpet apearance and interview with ESPN and othere major media outlets.
Final day of shooting with a great cast and being one of the main athletes along side UFC champion Jonny Bones Jones! Stayed tuned for its epic release nationally.
Undisclosed locations of running on rooftops and stunt climbing ladders...
Athlete Hero commercial as the main athlete running through the streets of DTLA...
Art show fundraiser benefiting breast cancer care & research
"Concept" at the Ace Musuem . An exclusive fashion showcase of highend designers and stylists .
As this athlete has a month of down time and relative maintance work before he begins his preseason training with coaches at UCLA. Steven is currently accepting meetings and media opportunities to make an impact.