Former Utah Jazz Player to Motivate Students

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University invites the public to join local junior high and high school students to hear guest speaker, former professional basketball star, Mark Eaton on Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. 

Eaton was the center for the Utah Jazz from 1982 to 1994. Previous to his professional basketball career, Eaton worked as a mechanic and is now a successful business speaker and corporate trainer. 

“I think Mark Eaton will resonate with the students because he exhibits a down to earth positive attitude,” said Vel Casler, chair of automotive technology. “He started out where all these students are and worked hard. He never forgot where he came from.”

Eaton’s presentation, “Four Commitments of a Winning Team” is in conjunction with the WSU Automotive Contest held annually. All participating students will attend.

“It’s a perfect fit because of Eaton’s automotive background,” Casler said. “He never lost humility and is able to relate and talk to the common person.”

The WSU Science Technology, Engineering Program (STEP) has also invited junior and high school students from the local MESA (Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement) program as well as GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).

The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Automotive Technology and WSU STEP.

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Rainie Ingram, Student Recruitment & STEP director
801-626-7785 •
Kelsy Peterson, University Communications
801-626-7295 •