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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Troy Evans - Bank Robber - To Speak August 1 at South Pointe

The Rock Hill School District Foundation is funding a free program on
Friday, August 1, 2008 at South Pointe High School Auditorium. Beginning at
6:30 PM, Troy Evans will deliver an inspirational message about his life of
"bad" choices and how he turned it around. Admission is free and open to the
public. Below is a little information on Mr. Evans and his message:

On November 12, 1992, Troy Evans was sentenced to 13 years in Federal
Prison. He was convicted of five armed bank robberies, in three states, over
a six-month crime spree, and was sent to the Federal Correctional Complex in
Florence, Colorado. His neighbors included such notorious criminals as
Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Troy was released on December 13, 1999,
over seven and one-half years later.

Despite the obstacles that only prison can produce, Troy was determined that
his time behind bars would not be wasted time. Education would be his saving
grace. After six months of filling out applications, writing essays,
begging, pleading, and selling, Troy landed his first scholarship for one
class. That was a beginning, and when Troy walked out the doors of prison he
carried with him two degrees, both obtained with a 4.0 GPA and designation
on the Dean's and President's list.

Troy is now a motivational speaker who shares his story and lessons learned
with audiences of all ages. Since his release, Evans has taken the
Corporate, Association and Education platforms by storm with his
motivational keynote speeches. Audiences are stunned by his endurance,
accomplishments and remarkable personal transformation. With
straightforward, real life examples, Evans shows how the keys to his success
in prison are the keys to his success today, and how these lessons can be
applied to escaping the "prisons within ourselves". He renews an
appreciation for what is really important in all of our lives and motivates
each and every person to overcome adversity, adapt to change, and to realize
their full potential.

With young people, Evans speaks openly on the dangers of drug use, peer
pressure and the power of responsible decision-making. His student
motivational speaking grabs the attention of today's youth by sharing what
he witnessed within the harsh environment of a Federal Prison and
illustrates how his years of incarceration can be linked to the decisions he
made as a teenager. Teen audiences are left with a wide-eyed understanding
of "consequence" and a realization that the decisions they make today have
the potential to alter their entire life.

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