| Former NFL player Steve Fitzhugh will speak at Calhoun Middle/High School Thursday morning at 11:45, according to Bob Bailey, local representative of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.|
Bailey said it is likely the chaplain for the WVU Mountaineers, Mike White, will bring the well-known speaker to the school.
Fitzhugh speaks to thousands of youth 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 1980's. 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 from the Denver Broncos of the NFL 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 & alcohol prevention education throughout the public and private school systems.
Today Steve serves nationally and abroad as the executive director of PowerMoves, leading students into success and significance. He also is the national spokesperson for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes "One Way 2 Play - Drug Free" program. And when at home in Washington, DC, you can find Steve at "The House," an after school teen drop-in center he co-founded as a safe place for the students of Southeast DC.
Steve is married to Dr. Karen Broussard-Fitzhugh and the are the proud parents of to wonderful daughters Nicole, and Siona.
Photo courtesy of www.powermoves.org