About Relentless University

What is Relentless University?

The founder of Relentless University, Richie Contartesi, has spent the last 5+ years speaking and working with corporations like IBM, NRG Energy, Comcast, DataWatch and Universities like Ole Miss, Penn State, Uconn, and Clemson. He has also spoken at over 467 schools. His message was delivered and adopted by hundreds of thousands, but Richie found that it wasn’t enough. People in the audience were constantly asking for more after every presentation and he wanted to find a way to help people on a deeper level. 

Relentless University exists to empower our community to overcome adversity, mental health challenges, negative people, & barriers holding them back from becoming the best version of themselves inside and out. Picture and imagine, a community of people who have come together to hold each other accountable, help one another overcome adversity, and achieve what they want all while having FUN. 

Relentless University is full of courses, content, live webinars, and more to go deeper than just a keynote or workshop. Richie uses his experience from earning a Full D1 football scholarship in the SEC at Ole Miss at a staggering 5’7″ and 150 pounds soaking wet combined with writing a #1 best seller, building the only 24/7 functional fitness facility in Las Vegas, building a real estate investment company, and much more.

You will find options for group support as well as 1-on-1 support. Bottom line is Richie’s mission is to help further that just a keynote or workshop. 

Who is Richie Contartesi?

On August 21st, 2009, at an intimidating 5’7″ and a hefty 150 pounds, Richie Contartesi achieved his first major life goal by earning a full Division-1 football scholarship to the University of Mississippi more commonly known as “Ole Miss”.

During his formative years, adversity hit home and rocked the foundation of his life, his parent’s divorce. The impact of the divorce had a devastating effect on Richie, resulting in failing 5th grade, acting out in school, depression, and even contemplating suicide.

At rock bottom and with no hope, Richie decided to search the internet and found the academic requirements for his childhood dream, playing college football. That night changed his life. With no knowledge of goals and planning, he printed out those requirements, wrote down a goal, expressed a vision, and developed a plan to achieve it.

Richie was never the smartest, the biggest, nor the most talented. At 12 years old, he was fortunate to have a caring mentor enter his life. A mentor who saw something special and helped Richie recognize and develop his potential during middle and high school. Unfortunately, Richie broke his leg during his senior year of high school and coupled with his size, he had no chance of playing Division-1 college football.

Richie’s first attempt to play college football, at a Division 2 football program, ended after a year and he was cut from the team. Richie reached out to his old mentor and found out he had just received a coaching internship for the Ole Miss Football Team. The strong mentor relationship and trust built over the years, helped Richie secure one sixty minute tryout and a”real shot” to make the Ole Miss football team as a “walk-on”. An opportunity of playing with the most gifted and talented football players in the country.

Richie initially didn’t make the team, but earned an extended one week tryout to prove he could take the hits and made it as a “walk-on” football player. Despite grinding through three years of grueling physical practices, failure, rejection, and ridicule, his relentless resilience earned him the right to be a starter, a respected teammate, and “In Spite of the Odds” became a Division-1 football scholarship athlete in the powerhouse South Eastern Conference (The SEC). He also went on to earn the SEC Scholar Athlete award.

After his graduation from Ole Miss, Richie played professional Arena football, authored his #1 bestseller, “In Spite of the Odds”, was featured in the movie “Rudy Ruettiger: The Walk On”, built a successful speaking and professional development business, started a real estate investment company, and opened the only 24/7 functional fitness facility in Las Vegas.

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