Former NFL stars and others tackle underage drinking in area high schools

Former NFL stars and others tackle underage drinking in area high schools
Clinton Portis courtesy
Clinton Portis courtesy

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - The popular "Game Plan For Life" assemblies are coming back to several schools in Rowan County this week.

The Rowan/Kannapolis ABC Board says the idea is to "reach a significant milestone in our goal to expose young people to the consequences of underage alcohol abuse as well as the issues facing them with drug abuse."

On Monday at 8:00 am, students at West Rowan will hear from former Washington Redskin Reynaldo Wynn, Hendrick Motorsports engineer Richie Parker, who was born without arms, Derrick Crawford, and nationally recognized speaker Mike Hall.

At 1:00 pm at Salisbury High Wynn will be joined by former Redskin Clinton Portis, and musician Nigel Smith.

Programs will also be held during the week with an assembly at 8:00 am at South Rowan High, 9:40 am at Carson High, and 1:00 pm at East Rowan. On Wednesday at 8:00 the assembly will be held at North Rowan, at 9:45 at Henderson Independent High, and Kannapolis Middle School at 1:00 pm.

An assembly will beheld Thursday at 10:30 at Cabarrus Opportunities, and there will be a final assembly at A.L. Brown High in Kannapolis at 2:15 on Friday.

Other speakers include former Clemson and NFL star Perry Tuttle, former NFL player Roman Phifer, and others.

The Rowan/Kannapolis ABC Board began programming in schools in 2003 and has been in partnership with the Rowan Sheriff's Office and Salisbury Police Department in presenting to more than 100,000 students.

"Our team strives to have a positive input on kids of all ages," Terry Osborne of the Rowan/Kannapolis ABC Board told WBTV. "Our slogan 'Preparation for the game of life does not require the practice of underage drinking,' continues to be the driving force for our initiatives.

"We are truly honored that our local school system administrations and staff, as well as leaders in our community, have recognized the necessity of exposing our youth to programs such as these. Our feedback has been very positive which leads us to believe that our efforts have been beneficial and the impact very positive," Osborne added. "We relish the potential of making a difference in the lives of our youth."