Former BMX pro to speak on addiction
ELKTON — Tony Hoffman, a former BMX Elite Pro, will visit county middle schools next week and give a public presentation on opioid addiction prevention and recovery.
Hoffman started his BMX career in high school as a top-ranked amateur but by his senior year, he was drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and using prescription painkillers and his life took a turn for the worst, according to a bio on his website. In 2004, Hoffman committed a home invasion armed robbery and was ultimately sent to prison for two years in 2007 after violating his probation. It was while in prison that he began to rebuild his life and Hoffman has been sober since May 2007.
After getting out of prison, Hoffman continued his BMX career and placed second in the 2016 World Championships in the Masters Pro class. He also coached women’s BMX Pro Brooke Crain at the 2016 Olympics and is the founder of The Freewheel Project, a nonprofit organization that mentors thousands of youth through action sports.
During his presentations, Hoffman will speak about his personal experience with opioid addiction and path to recovery. Hoffman’s presentations will help to increase awareness of the risk factors for opioid misuse and addiction, and elevate protective factors for a drug-free lifestyle.
Hoffman will visit all 10 county middle schools on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday night, the public is invited to hear Hoffman speak at 6:30 p.m. at Elkton High School.
Hoffman’s visit to Cecil County is supported by funds provided by the Cecil County Opioid Information Team via the Maryland Opioid Op- erational Command Center. The project expands on local efforts to “Increase Youth Knowledge of Opioid Risks” and is facilitated in partner- ship with the Cecil County Public Schools, the Cecil County Department of Emergency Services and the Cecil County Health Department.