Donnie Ray Evege Motivational Speaking Clip Showing Interaction with Young Leaders

"Your dreams, and your visions and your personal goals have to outweigh any temptation" -Donnie Ray Evege-



60 sec clip showing the interaction after the stage with a few of the young leaders in attendance. Song by former Cleveland Cavalier, Daniel Gibson (listen to the lyrics).



(Side Note) Attack your plan A, but have a plan B also. Your sport will come to an end one day. Position yourself for a smoother transition by cultivating relationships, networking and asking for help. And for my non-athletes reading this, the same goes for you....Develop relationships, and do something everyday that brings you closer to your goals. Do things today that your future self will thank you for. You have purpose! Let your light shine and do what you can with what you have.

DEEP Donnie Evege Empowering Players

Ammunition For Athletes episode 1

In this episode of Ammunition For Athletes, I give a DEEP message about the importance of Goal Setting, Action Planning and Branding...and how they tremendously helped me along my journey from youth sports to receiving a full ride scholarship to play Football at The Ohio State University. 

Whether you're a student athlete or a business man or woman, I hope you can take a way something from this video and apply it to your life.


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My Birthday, Mentoring and DEEP Training

Today is my 29th birthday and I'm filled with love and gratitude for the wonderful people in my life! I am truly blessed! Moving forward I'm going to take DEEP (Donnie Evege Empowering People) and add another acronym, Document Every Experience Possible.  Blogging and vlogging my life, and showcasing the awesome people in my life.

I spent several hours earlier today at Barnes & Noble.  Met with a young aspiring man who wants to make a difference in the world and be a bright light to others. His name is Jessie and here's a clip of our conversation.  

I hope you can take something away from our conversation and apply it to your life.

This lovely lady, Ms Jogi just came by and asked if I'd like a $1 off of a Starbucks drink here at Barnes & Noble...I thanked her and as we started talking I found out she's a Buckeye fan which led to us talking about her hometown Buckeye, Nathan Williams and my Coach, Jim Tressel. She's a lovely lady with kind spirit. Small, kind gestures can lead to nice conversations and new friendships. Her act of kindness was a memorable birthday gift! Thanks Jogi 



And my Starbucks friend, Cheyanne gave me a free Starbucks drink for my Birthday : )  Thanks Cheyanne!

My 2016 Ohio State vs Michigan experience

My 2016 Ohio State vs Michigan experience

Every Buckeye win is special! Being a former Ohio State football player, I know the immense amount of work that the student athletes and coaches put in year round. There's always pressure and high expectations. But the pressure to be victorious in the greatest rivalry in college football (and some say, "the greatest rivalry in all of sports) is immeasurable!!! I could write for days about "THE GAME" and what it means to alumni, current students, the state of Ohio, and BuckeyeNation worldwide. It can literally make or break a season! As was the case with #2 hosting #3 at Ohio Stadium.

With that said...

Watching THE GAME yesterday...especially the the double overtimes, literally had my heart racing. I could feel it thumping through my chest! 

Before the game kicked off I did a Live Pre-Game Show for Dayton's ABC22 Fox45 with Erik Elken and James Ryder. I had a blast on set with Erik and James, and the show went great! Buckeye fans were tailgating and full of energy; It felt so good seeing and hearing Buckeye fans yelling, "O-H!" and "I-O!" all morning leading to the noon kickoff.

Directly after the Live show ended at 11:59, the crew hustled into the stadium where there was a NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD of 110,045 wild and crazy college football fans going nuts. ESPN College Gameday present live in stadium which added more enthusiasm to the fans.

With The Best Damn Band In The Land!!!

With The Best Damn Band In The Land!!!

Minutes before the coin toss I had the opportunity to meet the 1991 Heisman trophy winner, Desmond Howard. Super cool meeting a legend like Des! Hopefully one day I'll be working alongside him ; )

The seniors had the opportunity to give greet their family with a Rose as they ran out the tunnel one last time. The fans were ready once the entire team and band were on the field!

Here's a 1 minute clip of Michigan entering the field...

Having media credentials allowed me to watch the game from the press box alongside 100+ reporters and media representatives from around the country. There is a underlying expectation from media personnel to be extremely quiet during the game. NO cheering out loud for either team! Abiding by these rules only added to my heart thumping since I had to repress my emotions. 

The quite zone

The quite zone

Most of the media goes down to the field with minutes left in the 4th quarter. Sooo, with THE GAME going into two overtimes, there were a lot of empty seats. 

During the end of the 1st overtime I look over to my left...

and I see the former head football coach of Ohio State (1979-1987), Earl Bruce sitting in the corner. I go over, shake his hand and I said, "Coach may I sit next to you?" With a warm smile he replied, "Sure you can. Take a seat."

He asked me how I was doing and what I was up to. Coach Bruce genuinely cared. I told him about my book Athletic Alchemy that's releasing soon, my passion for speaking, and other opportunities that were presenting themselves in my life. I kept it brief as the T.V. timeout was coming to end and it was back to full attention on the game.

All smiles

All smiles

My heart continued to race. Especially coming up on 4th down with the THE GAME literally on the line!!! This was it. Get the 1st down or the game is over. I gasped for air as I saw JT Barrett run the football and get hammered right at the 1st down marker! I knew the play was going to be further reviewed, and so close. You know how the story goes....1st down (Thank you JT for training hard in the weight room during the off-season!) Soon later we score and this happens...

Right after Curtis Samuel took the sweep and scored the game winning touchdown I asked Coach Bruce, "how does this win make you feel? He looked at me with the same warm smile as he did when I asked if could sit next him and said, "WONDERFUL! It makes me feel wonderful." 

Fun moments that happened during the OSU vs Michigan Game:

  • Almost laughing uncontrollably when Erik asked me if I would ever allow my future son to play for Michigan.
Post game picture with James and Erik. Special Thanks to the ABC22 and Fox45 family for help making the pre game show a great one!

Post game picture with James and Erik. Special Thanks to the ABC22 and Fox45 family for help making the pre game show a great one!

Running into Frog before the game!

Running into Frog before the game!

  • Running into my former Coach who I met my Freshmen in High School while camping at the Notre Dame. Coach Frog, it was AWESOME seeing you after all these years! 
  • Catching up with my former teammate and current Pittsburgh Steeler, Cam Heyward on the sideline! 
  • It was nice seeing Ryan Shazier who is continually representing Ohio State well while being an impact player with the Pittsburg Steelers.
  • Seeing my Wayne High School Alumni and NFL Great, Will Allen on the sidelines. He's a phenomenal human being who does awesome things for the youth in Dayton and Pittsburgh!
  • Seeing Lebron and the Cleveland Cavalier basketball team get escorted right by me during halftime.
  • And last but not least...Do you remember me explaining how there is a "Keep it quiet" zone in the press box area where media work? Well, Lebron's teammate Birdman gave zero f's as he made bird chirping noises loud and proud as he walked through room! As everyone was staring at Birdman I was cracking up laughing inside.

It was an Amazing day for BuckeyeNation! Now lets go win the National Title!

How firm thy friendship O-H-I-O!

Go Buckeyes!