Tuesday, November 14, 2000

Former Denver Bronco to Speak at Washington College

Anti-Drug Message Emphasizes Spirit of Individualism and Self Respect

Chestertown, MD, November 13, 2000 — Steve Fitzhugh, former NFL defensive back for the Denver Broncos and current Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Washington, DC, will use comedy and rap to spread his drug-free message on Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Tawes Theatre at Washington College.
While playing for the Denver Broncos, Fitzhugh began talking to youth about drug and alcohol prevention. He uses rap and humor to connect with his young audiences, and they listen because he is speaking from personal experience. In 1995, he watched his mother, a smoker of 40 years, suffer and die from inoperable brain tumors. In 1997, he endured the death of his older brother from alcohol and cocaine abuse.
Fitzhugh recognizes that it can be challenging to maintain a Christian ethic in today's world, but parents can use today's sports and media celebrities as examples of people making good or bad decisions. "Although our kids don't admit it," he says, "they have an awful lot of common sense and wisdom. They just fail to use it." In his motivational talks, Fitzhugh encourages youth to sacrifice peer approval, if necessary, to achieve self-respect.
This talk is free and open to the public. Following the presentation, there will be a pizza and soda reception for two dollars, payable at the door. For further information, contact Dave Knowles at 410-778-7789.

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