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Former NFL Player to Discuss "Ending Violence Against Women"
09/10/2003

Former NFL Football player Donald McPherson will present the lecture “Men and Women: Joining Together to End Violence Against Women” at Frostburg State University on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Lane University Center Manicur Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

McPherson travels to various venues to discuss the issue of stopping violence against women. He and his work were profiled in the October 2002 issue of “O,” Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, and he was also a guest on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” that same year.

A native of West Hempstead, N.Y., McPherson is the founder and executive director of the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles for two seasons, before being traded to the Houston Oilers, only to return to Philadelphia following that season. In 1991, he headed north to the Canadian Football League, joining the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1991-93) and Ottawa Rough-Riders (1994).

Upon retiring from professional football in 1994, McPherson worked as co-director of Athletes in Service to America, director of Sports in Society’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Program, a gender violence prevention program designed to encourage men to take a proactive position in the effort to stop men’s violence against women.

As program coordinator of the Student-Athlete Leadership Program, McPherson trains thousands of high school student-athletes in motivational speaking and group work dynamics. His training includes mobilizing students within their respective school districts and communities to address self-esteem, substance abuse, violence prevention, bullying and teasing, and academic issues. By using sports as an educational tool, student athletes learn to teach, using their personal experiences as motivating examples for young people.

In 1997, Don was called to testify before the United States Congress on behalf of a resolution to create a national summit that would address violence in sport and society. He is regularly quoted in print articles and has been featured on several television shows including “A& E: Investigative Reports,” MSNBC, Fox News, ABC’s “Nightline,” “The Phil Donahue Show” and Court TV and WNBC’s "Today in New York.”

The event at FSU is sponsored by FSU’s Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Student Government Association and the University Programming Council.

For more information, call Nicole Mattis at 301-687-3212.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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