May 4 at 6 PM

The Inn at Longshore

260 Compo Rd. S, Westport, CT

VIP Reception: 5-6pm


Joe TheismannKeynote Speaker Joe Theismann is an entrepreneur and the former star quarterback for the Washington Redskins. Most recently, he spent the last 2 decades working for ESPN and the NFL Network as an NFL analyst. Joe graduated in 1971 from the University of Notre Dame, where he received All-American honors in both Football and Academics. That same year, he was runner up to Jim Plunket for the Heisman Trophy balloting. Joe chose to begin his career with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League after being drafted by the Miami Dolphins and Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins.

A 12-year NFL veteran, Joe played in 163 consecutive games from 1974-1985 for the Washington Redskins and holds Redskin records for passing yardage (25,206), completions (2,044) and attempts (3,602). He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and Pro Bowl MVP leading the Washington Redskins to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl 17.

Joe was selected as the NFL’s Man of the Year in 1982 for his community service and dedication to the health and welfare of children.

In 1983, he won the league’s Most Valuable Player Award, leading the Redskins to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance. Joe Theismann’s career ended abruptly in 1985 after sustaining a badly broken leg during a Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants on national television. In 2003, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and in 2013 received the Walter Camp Football Foundation “Distinguished American” Award.

With every chapter of his life, Mr. Theismann evolved from athlete to the ultimate businessman. An Emmy award winning analyst, entrepreneur and athlete, he utilizes his gifts, talent and high energy to share his strategies for handling unforeseen change.

Joe’s book “How to Be A Champion Everyday” was released in June of 2020.


Scouting has been a cornerstone of our communities for more than a century. Scouting has provided thousands of young men and women with life-changing experiences in our communities- from camping and the outdoors to leadership and service to exposure to careers and skill opportunities. This is all while instilling valuable character development and practical life skills.


We’re gathering at The Inn at Longshore to celebrate this longstanding tradition and rally for the future: Scouting has the opportunity to serve more youth in our communities. Our volunteers and professionals are working to grow Scouting in every neighborhood- from rural Bethany to urban New Haven to coastal Fairfield and every community in between. We believe no child who wants the opportunity to become a Scout should be denied.


Table Hosting is a way to bring friends and new supporters to Scouting. Table Hosts are not purchasing tables – unless they would like to. Table Hosts are responsible for inviting prospective donors to fundraisers who know in advance – from the Table Host – that they will be asked to make a donation at the 2023 Leadership Dinner.