What once served as a symbol to “bring our troops home,” now also serves as an emblem for suicide awareness for our US Military. One of the Dean’s greatest honors is being invited to speak to both veterans who are still trying to adapt to being off the battlefield and to young troops right before their first deployment.


Inspiring Future Athletes

One of the things that Dean looks forward to, is inspiring young people involved in local sports organizations. For the past couple of years, he has partnered with About Kidz, a nonprofit organization, to encourage a Little League Team comprised of kids from a low-income housing area. In July of 2017, he was invited by parents of the West Sacramento Little League All Star Team (12 & under) to bring his feats of strength and share a message to inspire them to work together as a team. The team took his words to heart and created a reminder on a base that they hung in their dugout for every game. Dean also had a couple MLB players make short videos throughout their journey to encourage them along the way.


Prisoners and their Families

For over nine years Dean has been going into prisons throughout California to bring his message of purpose to those in the darkest of places. He is also a part of a football combine held every August at Stanford University special for youth of incarcerated parents.  

You know one thing I’ve learned in public speaking is to “know your audience,” and how you addressed them was evidence of knowing your audience.
— Della (Bus Captain, Women's Prison)