Motivational Speaker Trent Shelton

Oct 21, 2014 | Kristi Lynch

On Thursday, November 6, at 6;00 p.m., former NFL football player and motivational speaker, Trent Shelton, will speak in Blades Chapel at the University of Dubuque.  The event, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement and the Black Student Union, is $10 for the general public; free for UD students/faculty/staff.  Tickets will be available at the door.


“Trent Shelton has been an inspiration to millions of people within the past few years,” said Mishereen Ellis, director of multicultural student engagement. “His message touches the heart and mind of everyone who encounter his talks and his videos. We are excited to welcome him to UD”  


To some, Trent Shelton is known as a motivational speaker; to others, he’s a former NFL football player; but when describing himself, Shelton says he is just a man who wants to help lives. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, raised in Fort Worth, Texas, as a child, all Shelton wanted to be when he grew up was a professional football player.  While he achieved his childhood dream, the former NFL player’s career was a shaky one where he felt incomplete while constantly chasing after worldly things to temporarily fulfill the voids in his life. It wasn’t until he hit his lowest point, after being released from multiple NFL teams, and experienced the birth of his son, that he decided to work on becoming the best person he could be. Shelton went on to create the RehabTime Organization, a 501 C 3 nonprofit.  The organization’s mission to promote change for the better by uplifting, empowering, and demonstrating that change starts with you, from the inside out, through the development of faith, self, fitness, relationships and leadership.


Shelton is the best-selling author of three self-help books, with his fourth – It All Starts with You – set to release Fall 2014. By following his calling, he has been able to travel to places like Sweden, London, Canada, Turks & Caicos, Bermuda, and across the U.S., to share his testimony and offer people messages of change and hope.