On Monday, April 10, 2023, the Forum Speaker Series welcomed three-time Super Bowl champion punter Ryan Allen, who told the incredible story of his journey to the NFL, from his beginnings as a youth soccer and football player in Salem. Click above to watch the presentation.
A graduate of West Salem High School who went on to win back-to-back Ray Guy Awards (for best collegiate punter of the year) at Louisiana Tech University, Ryan played for the New England Patriots for six seasons during the franchise’s dynasty era, winning three Super Bowls in four appearances. At the Forum, Ryan talked about his experience with the Patriots playing under future Hall-of-Fame Head Coach Bill Belichick, and how his parents supported him during his rise to a successful career as a professional athlete.
In addition, the Forum recognized Elsinore Theatre Executive Director Tom Fohn and Board President AnneMarie DuFault for the theatre’s community work and legacy as a premier performing arts destination in the Willamette Valley.
We’d like to thank Ryan Allen for sharing his story and inkMakers Owner and marketing and branding expert Kyle Sexton for guiding this extraordinary conversation that captivated the audience in attendance.
We also thank Allied Video Productions and Capital Community Media for their help with producing this event.
Finally, a very special thanks goes to Huggins Insurance Services for sponsoring this Forum event.