University News
For Immediate Release: 
Sep 07 2005

Former Denver Bronco to Speak at CU Tonight

Athens, W.Va. - Steve Fitzhugh, former player for the NFL Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns will be speaking at Concord University two different times this evening.

The first address, which is focused toward CU athletes, will be at 6:30 p.m. in the main theater of the Alexander Fine Arts Center. The public may attend. The second address will be held at 9 p.m. on the ground floor of the Student Center at the “Subway” stage.

The events are being sponsored by Concord University’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) as part of the “One Way 2 Play-Drug Free” initiative.

Steve Fitzhugh speaks to thousands of young people each year throughout the country and abroad. Steve's talks help young people make a positive choice in life. His message challenges the students on critical issues of today: from dropping out to academic leadership, from peer pressure to positive values, from alcohol abuse to freedom from the chemical culture, and encouraging those students who have made positive choices. His style is fresh and humorous as he tells about his stories in the NFL (Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns) and his own personal experiences. He identifies with the youth of today, he sees what the students see, he feels what they feel, and he understands their situations.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Steve has been living and working in the Washington, D.C., area since the mid 1980s. He is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio where he captained both the track and football teams while earning his B.A. degree in public administration.

Steve accepted a contract offer with the NFL Denver Broncos immediately after graduation. Sidelined by a shoulder injury after only two years, Mr. Fitzhugh began his Master of Divinity graduate studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1987. Following divinity school, Mr. Fitzhugh spent 16 months on Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota, where he began drug and alcohol prevention education throughout the public and private school systems.

Fitzhugh is the national spokesperson for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes "One Way 2 Play - Drug Free" program. And, when at home in Washington, D.C., you can find Steve at "The House," an after school teen drop-in center he co-founded as a safe place for students in the southeastern part of the District.

Steve is married to Dr. Karen Broussard-Fitzhugh and they are the parents of daughters Nicole and Siona.

“One Way 2 Play - Drug Free!” is FCA's program to confront the problem of drug use. It goes far beyond "Just Say No!" campaigns because it helps individuals create a powerful, healthy atmosphere and provides clear information and guidance for young people.

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CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

Jesse Call, a student majoring in political science and history, wrote this press release. His hometown is Pocahontas, Va.

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