The Hiram College Athletic Department partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the National Football League (NFL) to present #RiseAboveIt: MADD/NFL Player Engagement presentation on March 30, 2015, in Martin Field House.
The presentation featured speakers Colleen Sheehey-Church, president of MADD, and current Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker.
Sheehey-Church became president of MADD in 2015 after serving on the Board of Directors since 2010. Her son was killed in a accident when he was a passenger in a car that was being driven by a drunk driver. She spoke about the dangers of drunk driving and how the audience needs to know how to make a better decision before getting behind the wheel.
Walker was drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He appeared in Super Bowl XLVII with the 49ers and signed a contract with the Tennessee Titans in 2013. He shared his personal story of how his beloved aunt and uncle were killed by a drunk driver in an accident, just hours after the Super Bowl. Walker also warned the audience of the dangers of drunk driving and noted that the risk is too great.
In addition, each speaker provided tools to the audience about good decision making and strongly encouraged them to use resources that are available.
The presentation came to a close with select volunteers getting the chance to wear impairment goggles, simulating a person’s vision after a few drinks. The members were asked to play catch while wearing the goggles.