"Game Plan For Life" back in Rowan-Salisbury Schools this week with several notable names

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - With names like Clinton Portis, Renaldo Wynn, Nigel Smith, and Bubba Wallace, just to name a few, it's a given that the Game Plan For Life presentations going on this week in Rowan-Salisbury Schools and Catawba College are just about guaranteed to hold the attention of students.

It's the second year that the program, headed up by NASCAR team owner and NFL Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, has partnered with the Rowan-Kannapolis ABC Board, and the help of Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten and Salisbury Police Chief Rory Collins.

According to a press release, the presentations in the schools are designed to "provide a bridge of hope for our youth and to inspire and motivate them to dream and believe in themselves."

There is a wide diversity among the speakers.  The list includes former Washington Redskins Portis, Wynn, and Derrick Crawford, along with Hendrick Motorsports engineer Richie Parker, former WBTV reporter and filmmaker Sarah Batista, NASCAR driver Darrell Wallace, Jr., and several others.

"We are grateful for this opportunity to influence our youth in a positive way, even if that impact happens one student at a time," Game Plan leaders say.

Programs are set this week at Erwin Middle School at 9 am, and North Rowan Middle at 1:30 pm.  On Wednesday there will be presentations at West Rowan Middle School at 9 am, and Knox Middle School at 1:30 pm.  On Thursday, Woodleaf Elementary hosts a program at 8:30 am, Isenberg Elementary hosts a presentation at 1:30 pm, and there will be a special program at Catawba College at 3:00 pm on Thursday.