Altitude TV reporter and host Vic Lombardi visited Kent Denver on Monday to share a message with student-athletes on truth and the lessons he’s learned in his professional career.
Lombardi—a longtime sports anchor at CBS Denver 4 before joining Altitude TV in 2016 as the studio host for the Denver Nuggets—led the second keynote address in the George Karl Student-Athlete Leadership Series, which features an exciting lineup of guest speakers this year to teach students about the values of leadership in sport and life.
The title of Monday’s discussion in Anschutz Family Theatre was Truth Matters. Former Denver Nuggets Coach George Karl once again served as the emcee for the event before handing off to Lombardi, who discussed the importance of being truthful and surrounding ourselves with honest, caring people.
“A great friend is one who doesn’t tell you what you want to hear all the time, but what you need to hear,” Lombardi said. “It’s a truth teller. It might be something that you may not agree with, something that may be sensitive, something that may lead to an argument—but that’s a true friend. Friends are people you can confide in.”
In the discussion, Lombardi shared stories from his career and talked about the positive impact of his parents, who moved to the U.S. from Italy in 1966. He closed with a message on the life lessons he learned three years ago in his battle with prostate cancer. Lombardi, who is now healthy and cancer-free, says the fight gave him a new perspective on adversity.
“I look at life differently. I look at my kids, my friends and what I do differently,” Lombardi said. “I look at the value of time, the value of life, the value of truth. Having faced that and having looked at it straight in the eye, I view it as a gift. If you have adversity in life, it's not an obstacle. Adversities are gifts, especially if you overcome them.”
Following his message, Lombardi opened the floor for a live Q&A with the audience to share more advice and fun stories from his career in sports.
Monday’s talk was the second in the George Karl Student-Athlete Leadership Series, after Super Bowl Champion and former Denver Bronco Ryan Harris met with students in September to encourage them to chase their dreams with a winning mindset.