Bo Tkach Memorial Golf Tournament

May 6, 2015

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Make the world a better place

Joe Ehrmann and Jim TkachFormer National Football League player Joe Ehrmann, left, and Jim Tkach, of theBo Tkach Foundation at "An Evening with Joe Ehrmann" held Wednesday at Palmerton Area High School. The event was sponsored by the Bo Tkach Foundation.

When Joe Ehrmann speaks, people listen.

A crowd of about 40 attended "An Evening with Joe Ehrmann" Wednesday at Palmerton Area High School.

The free motivational speech to spur students to believe in themselves was sponsored by the Bo Tkach Foundation.

Jim Tkach, of the foundation, thanked the audience for attending the event.

Tkach then gave a sneak-peek as to what makes Ehrmann, a former pro-football player, the successful person that he is.

"He's about understanding ourselves," Tkach said. "He's about love."

Ehrmann spoke of his revolutionary concepts of transformational leadership, coaching, team-building, and mentoring, from his newly released book, "InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives."

He said that even after all these years, we still live in a world filled with racism and sexism.

"You move forward and become what you believe of yourself," Ehrmann said. "Your greatest challenge in life is you've got to define yourself."

Ehrmann said the three scariest words a male has ever heard is to "Be a man."

He cited three myths of masculinity: That being a man has something to do with masculinity, sexual conquests and economic success.

A lot of men suffer from what Ehrmann referred to as alexithymia, an inability to put emotions and feelings into words.

In this cycle, Ehrmann said this type of socialization leads to social mandates, which can lead to alexithymia, covert depression, isolation, substance abuse and/or violence.

Ehrmann said that femininity is another issue, and the idea that woman are supposed to live their lives by three social mandates: The myth about Prince Charming, that value is dependent on beauty and body size, and to abandon their authentic self.

In this cycle, this type of socialization and social mandates can lead to a sense of inadequacy, self-abandonment, depression, eating disorders, and substance/self abuse.

Two criteria

Ehrmann said people who are dying care most about relationships and cause.

With regard to relationships, Ehrmann said we care about loving others, and to be loved.

"All of us got to learn it's the heart where all value comes from," he said.

As for cause, Ehrmann said it's all about making your world a better place.

"At the end of our life, all of us are going to want to make our own legacy," he said.

Ehrmann was an All-American football player at Syracuse University, and was named to SU's All-Century Football Team.

Originally drafted as the 10th pick in the first round of the 1973 NFL Draft out of Syracuse University to the Baltimore Colts, Ehrmann played professional football for 13 years.

During and following his football career, Ehrmann attended Dallas Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary, and was ordained in 1985.

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Interview with Jeff Fisher

Bo Tkach Foundation CEO Jim Tkach joined High School Football America radio show host Jeff Fisher on July 25th to talk about high school football coaches needing to be educated on the topic of teenage depression and suicide. High School Football America is the country's only weekly, national high school football radio show.

Lycoming teammates, coaches support Tkach


When Jim Tkach played his college football at Lycoming College back in the 70s, they formed such a tight knit group that even when they parted following graduation, they ties were never cut.

The bond became even stronger when Tkach's son Bo committed suicide back in 2007.

Jim and his wife Sandy wanted to do something that would help others with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other mental health issues and formed the Bo Tkach Foundation. The biggest fundraider for the foundation is the Bo Tkach Memorial Golf Tournament, held each year in early May.

The tournament has drawn numerous sponsors and one of the regular sponsors is "Lycoming Football Teams 1977-78".

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Miners' Nurses Week 2013 sponsors Bo Tkach Under the Helmet Foundation

William O'Gurek, treasurer of the Bo Tkach Foundation, celebrates
William O'Gurek, treasurer of the Bo Tkach Foundation, celebrates "Nurses' Week" at the St. Luke's Hospital, Miners Campus, with registered nurses at the facility, including, from left, Lisa Yackanicz, Claudia Kupek, Kathy Matika and Thomas Slater.

"Nurses' Week 2013" got its official start on Monday, May 6, at St. Luke's Hospital, Miners Campus, during a breakfast program held at the Coaldale facility.

During the program, Carbon County Commissioner William O'Gurek, who is also the treasurer of the Bo Tkach Under the Helmet and Hat Foundation, praised the nurses and the hospital for the "kindness and compassion they provide to the people of the Schuylkill and Carbon areas who become patients here, as well as their families."

O'Gurek was present to represent the foundation that was founded several years ago in memory of Bo Tkach, a former area athlete and student who took his life in 2007. The hospital selected the foundation to be the recipient of funds it raises during its annual Nurses' Week activities.

But the commissioner first offered praise for the St. Luke's administration in general and the nurses in specific, saying, "I have always had a special affection for the quality of care the people in your profession provide families in the region." He told the nurses, "There is a special place in my heart for how you take care of patients and their families, especially at times when they need that comfort the most. It takes a special person to work every day in a profession such as your's, and so I want to commend you for the work you do each and every day."

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