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Jerry Schemmel

Jerry Schemmel

Keynote Speaker: Plane Crash Survivor, Radio Announcer for the Colorado Rockies, Author & Motivational Speaker

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Jerry Schemmel Biography

Jerry Schemmel is a radio announcer for the Colorado Rockies, a position he has held for 13 seasons. He was the broadcast voice of the Denver Nuggets for 18 seasons, from 1992 to 2010, and worked radio and television. Prior to the Nuggets, he spent two seasons as a broadcaster for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Schemmel is the author of the book "Chosen To Live," which chronicles his survival of the crash of United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City, IA, in 1989 and its subsequent effects on his life.

Schemmel twice rode a bicycle across the United States as a fundraiser for two Denver area charities. Then, in June of 2015, he successfully completed the Race Across America as part of a two-man cycling relay team, covering 3,000 miles in seven and a half days, to win the overall two-person relay division. A documentary about the effort, called Godspeed, was released in the fall of 2016. In September 2017, Schemmel set the age group record in the Race Across Colorado, a 468-mile bicycle ride from the Utah border to the Kansas border.

Schemmel earned a law degree in 1985 from Washburn University after receiving his undergraduate degree from the school in 1982. He also played baseball at Washburn and later was an assistant coach at the school for three years.

Schemmel grew up in Madison, SD, and now resides in Denver, CO. He has two adult children, Maggie and Ryan, and three grandchildren.

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Jerry Schemmel Speaking Topics

Catching A Second Wind

Jerry will provide motivation for moving past a life of mediocrity and routine and finding true meaning in everyday living.

We Are All Survivors

Jerry will take the audience through the harrowing experience of the crash of United Flight 232, and explain how all of us have a plane crash, how we are all survivors. And then, more importantly, how we should act as survivors.

Chosen To Live

The title of Jerry's Book is “Chosen To Live.” Jerry will address how he feels we were ALL chosen to live. Then, we should reflect that in how we live our lives.

Just Keep Moving

Jerry will talk about how his life’s mantra, “Just Keep Moving,” that literally saved his life. And how it might do the same for his audience.

Jerry Schemmel Videos

Jerry Schemmel - "Humble Hero" - ESPN Feature - shot by Tom ...

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What topics does Jerry Schemmel speak about?

Jerry Schemmel is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Overcoming Adversity, Motivational, Sports Journalism & Broadcasting, Faith & Religion and Authors.

Where does Jerry Schemmel travel from?

Jerry Schemmel generally travels from Denver, CO, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Jerry Schemmel is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Overcoming Adversity, Motivational and Sports Journalism & Broadcasting. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jerry Schemmel for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Jerry Schemmel generally travels from Denver, CO, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dave Dravecky, Phil Ford and Eric LeMarque. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jerry Schemmel for an upcoming event.

Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 04/03/2024.

Jerry Schemmel Speaking Topics

  • Catching A Second Wind

    Jerry will provide motivation for moving past a life of mediocrity and routine and finding true meaning in everyday living.

  • We Are All Survivors

    Jerry will take the audience through the harrowing experience of the crash of United Flight 232, and explain how all of us have a plane crash, how we are all survivors. And then, more importantly, how we should act as survivors.

  • Chosen To Live

    The title of Jerry's Book is “Chosen To Live.” Jerry will address how he feels we were ALL chosen to live. Then, we should reflect that in how we live our lives.

  • Just Keep Moving

    Jerry will talk about how his life’s mantra, “Just Keep Moving,” that literally saved his life. And how it might do the same for his audience.

Jerry Schemmel Videos

Jerry Schemmel - "Humble Hero" - ESPN Feature - shot by Tom ...

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