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Motivational speaker “Yo Pal” Hal to speak at IC


Hal Elrod will share his “Taking Life Head On” message to Illinois College on Friday, February 24, at 7 p.m. in McGaw Fine Arts Center's Sibert Theatre.
Elrod has been known as “Yo Pal” Hal since hosting his first radio show at age 15. He became a national record-breaking sales representative for a $200 million marketing company at age 19, but his real triumph came at age 20 when he was hit head on by a drunk driver and found dead but recovered after six minutes of CPR and defibrillation.

Defying the logic of doctors, he bounced back to become a best-selling author, youth and college motivational speaker, international success coach, ultra-marathon runner, and proud husband and father.

Elrod has appeared on dozens of television and radio shows across the country, and his story was featured in the all-time bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. His best-selling book is titled Taking Life Head On! He is also the creator of “The Miracle Morning,” a video which is dubbed “The not-so-obvious secret guaranteed to change your entire life ... before 8 a.m.!”

Elrod’s presentation is free and open to the public.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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