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John Smoltz to Speak at Reinhardt's Commencement Ceremony on May 2, 2009

John A. SmoltzJohn A. Smoltz is the Keynote Speaker for Reinhardt College's commencement ceremony on May 2, 2009. Most notably known for his professional baseball career, Smoltz is also a philanthropist, community leader and dedicated father.

Wonderful Role Model
"John Smoltz has meant so much to the greater Atlanta area as both a wonderful role model of a professional athlete and as a giving and supportive humanitarian," said Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, president. "We are honored for him to share his thoughts with us at our commencement."

"I cannot begin to describe the how excited we are about John Smoltz speaking at graduation," said Briana Moody, a senior from Grovetown, Ga. and president of Student Government Association. "Smoltz is not only admired by students for his athletic abilities, but also because of his character and contributions to the community. Not many things can compare to having Mr. Smoltz, a childhood hero for many, assuring and inspiring all graduates to be successful in life."

Baseball Career
Smoltz is currently a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. In his 20-year career as a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz has won 207 starts, 154 saves and 3,011 strikeouts making him one of only two pitchers in the history of baseball to top 200 wins and 150 saves. On April 22, 2008, he became the 16th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. He has been selected to the All-Star Team eight times and also is a Cy Young Award recipient. Smoltz is considered Major League Baseball's "all-time winningest" postseason pitcher with 15 wins and 194 strikeouts.

Community Service
In addition to his illustrious sports career, Smoltz also serves in various roles in his community. He is a co-founder of King's Ridge Christian School in Alpharetta, Ga., and was elected as the school's chairman of the board in 2005. Smoltz is also active in the metropolitan Atlanta community through hosting an annual golf tournament, the John Smoltz Celebrity Pro-AM, to benefit the Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center Child Care Fund. He is very involved in Atlanta's Table, a project of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and to this organization, he has donated $50 for every strikeout. Smoltz also serves through the Police Athletic League and the John Smoltz Foundation. Smoltz is a two-time winner of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, which is given to the single major league baseball player with outstanding contributions to society, and he is also the recipient of the prestigious Roberto Clemente Community Service Award.

Smoltz graduated from Waverly High School in Lansing, Mich., where he was All-State in baseball and basketball. He has four children: John Andrew, Jr., Rachel Elizabeth, Carly Maria and Kelly Christina.

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