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AAD’s Stedman Graham and NFL Players Matt Mayberry and Desmond Clark to Speak on Identity and Leadership at Barrington High School April 19th
CHICAGO, IL – April 12, 2012 – NFL free-agents Matt Mayberry and Desmond Clark, both formerly of the Chicago Bears, will join Stedman Graham to speak at the Athletes Against Drugs (AAD) identity and leadership event at Barrington High School (616 West Main Street, Barrington, IL) on Thursday April 19, 2012 from 9am until 11am [photo-op from 8:30am].
Matt Mayberry, Desmond Clark and Stedman Graham will speak on leadership skills to over 2000 students of Barrington High School, together with the importance of AAD’s message of abstaining from drugs. AAD’s identity and leadership events are part of the organization’s programs that have impacted the lives of over 20,000 youth across the country. AAD programs include education, health and wellness, sports camps and events with keynote speakers and athletes. AAD’s aims to improve the lives of youth throughout Chicago and other major cities by instructing them on how to build healthy bodies, strong minds and to live a drug-free life.
Stedman Graham, whose new book is entitled, Identity: Your Passport to Success (FT Press) is chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, and the founder of AAD. Graham has a lifelong commitment to youth and community, and has authored eleven books including two New York Times best sellers, You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success and Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success. Build Your Own Life Brand! As a businessman and educator, Graham lectures and conducts seminars for businesses and organizations around the country.
Matt Mayberry is a free agent NFL linebacker formerly with the Chicago Bears. Matt was an All Big Ten linebacker who played at Indiana University. He is a passionate fit life coach and motivational speaker, who has been in the fitness industry for over 10 years, and is noted for his intense workouts. He is a captivating speaker whose approach is to inspire change, and help people grow in all areas of their lives.
Desmond “Dez” Clark is a 12-year NFL veteran Tight End who is currently a free agent. He wore number “88” for the Chicago Bears, who released him in 2011. He is the founder and executive director of 88 Wayz Youth Organization, a mentoring program that focuses on an innovative, cognitive-behavioral approach to youth mentoring, to create a mindset equipped for success. Dez also hosts an online video program with Alex Brown, “The Dez Clark and Alex Brown Show.”
Athletes Against Drugs (AAD) is a 501c3 not for profit organization founded in 1985 by Stedman Graham. AAD’s passion is to help youth lead a healthy, productive life, and provide educational programs for underserved youth. The mission of AAD [http://www.athletesagainstdrugs.com/] is “leveraging national and local athletes, celebrities, and corporate leaders to educate youth to make health life decisions.” The vision of AAD is to “help youth develop life skills for economic opportunities that will change their lives.”