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Jim Craig: Guest Speaker at 45th Annual Benefit Dinner

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Jim Craig is best known as the backbone of the 1980 Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Team. His ‘Miracle’ win was voted by Sports Illustrated as the greatest moment in sports history of the 21st century. Craig, who started every game in goal, was a leading figure in the team’s success.


Before the Olympics, Craig was an All-American goalie at Boston University, leading his team to a NCAA national championship. After the ‘Miracle’ game, he went on to play professionally for three NHL teams. His hockey career ended when he sustained an injury while playing for the Minnesota North Stars.

He is enshrined in the Boston University Hall of Fame, the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. Craig is a co-recipient of both the Lester Patrick award and the Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year” award. He is also a graduate of Boston University and earned his doctorate in humane letters from Mercy College.


Following Craig’s professional hockey career, he transitioned his success into the corporate world as a motivational speaker, powerful salesman, and corporate consultant.

For more than 30 years, Craig has provided strategic and winning direction to some of the most prestigious companies across the world. Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, and Disney have all benefited from Craig’s direction. Today, he is the successful owner and president of his company, Gold Medal Strategies.


As one of America’s top five speakers on team building, Craig delivers motivational speeches and hosts corporate training programs. These immersive programs aim to teach participants how to think differently and believe in their possibilities.

Craig has a passion for leveraging his athletic and business success to help others achieve their full potential. He lives in integrity with his mission every day.

Jim Craig will take the stage at Benefit Dinner this year, and is sure to inspire. Craig will not be signing any memorabilia at the event.


Since 1978, Benefit Dinner has played an important role in placing Bigs into the lives of local children.

By supporting Benefit Dinner, you help ensure the success of our one-to-one mentoring programs. Funds from Benefit Dinner go toward recruiting new Bigs (mentors), matching them with a Little (mentee), and providing professional support for the life of each match. When you support Benefit Dinner, you ignite potential.

This year’s Benefit Dinner takes place Monday, June 20th at the Radisson. Tickets to the event are $300. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $2,500. Learn more here.