Bob Delaney, Former NBA Referee and PTS Advocate Joins PINC’s Dynamic Speaker Lineup

The Giving Coast

From his days infiltrating the Mafia to working as one of the NBA’s highest-rated crew chiefs, Bob Delaney’s experiences are beyond impressive. He joins the PINC Experience’s roster of dynamic speakers on Thursday, December 7 at the Sarasota Opera House. Delaney has provided training for law enforcement worldwide for more than 40 years, helping many to understand and identify symptoms of post-traumatic stress. As a decorated New Jersey State Trooper, Delaney's undercover work with the mafia led to his own PTS journey. These experiences, and his passion for mental health, have made him an expert in the industry. His contributions to PTS awareness and support of military officials and their families have earned him numerous honors, including the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama, the United States Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, the 2014 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award, and the 2020 NCAA’s highest honor— The Theodore Roosevelt Award (previously bestowed on four U.S. Presidents) and more. His work with the NBA has inspired him to found two academies dedicated to training basketball officials in leadership and resilience. Bob has written two captivating books, Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob and Surviving the Shadows: A Journey of Hope into Post-Traumatic Stress. His remarkable experiences have been featured on HBO, ESPN, and ABC. “I’m excited to join the movement toward creating a more trauma-informed community in Sarasota,” says Bob Delaney. “Not all wounds bleed and invisible wounds may hurt as much as the wounds we do see. PINC is where diverse stories converge with humanity and healing taking center stage.” This year's speaker roster boasts an impressive array of individuals, each with a unique story and passion for making a positive impact. Attendees can also look forward to a special performance by Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Sarasota Contemporary Dance. The experience runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with several breaks throughout on Dec. 7 and includes breakfast, lunch, and unique snacks provided by Innovative Dining. An afterparty will be held for PINC attendees at the Sarasota Modern Hotel directly following PINC. The PINC Experience is presented by All Star Children’s Foundation and Ringling College of Art & Design. It is generously supported by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Michael Saunders & Company, Parkside, Project Pride, Sarasota Magazine, SRQ Magazine, The Sarasota Modern Hotel and WUSF Public Media. With special thanks to Shawn O’Malley, Victoria Blooms, and Wonder Cake Creations. For more information, contact Julia Groom at Julia@DreamLarge.org or by calling 941.786.8732. 

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