Former pro quarterback talks about gendered violence

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Mount Allison University hosted former NFL/CFL quarterback and social activist Don McPherson to kick off the Leadership Mount Allison Speakers Series on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Former pro quarterback talks about gendered violence

SACKVILLE, N.B. (Staff) - Mount Allison University hosted former NFL/CFL quarterback and social activist Don McPherson to kick off the Leadership Mount Allison Speakers Series on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Over 200 people attended the session to listen to McPherson's strong message. keeping the audience captivated for over two hours.

Like some many, being a professional athlete opened doors to many ventures.

McPherson was no exception.

"This allowed me to pursue my real dream,that of helping society, helping people, and in particular, challenging society to address issues about violence against women,' McPherson said.

He proved entertaining and thought provoking as well as serious and humorous.

His presentation was an outstanding start to a new year of the Leadership Mount Allison Speakers Series.

The former pro quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Oilers, Hamilton Tiger Cats, and Ottawa Rough Riders, retired from football in 1994.

The crowd acknowledged his cause at the end of the evening with a standing ovation.

McPherson joined the staff of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society in 1994 and later became the first executive director of the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University.

As a social activist and even a guest on Oprah, McPherson is a self-proclaimed feminist.

Travelling extensively, he has founded several outreach and mentoring programs and continues to work tirelessly with athletes, students, and young men, challenging them to change a culture that cultivates abuse.

Leadership Mount Allison, a program that bridges academic and extracurricular activities, is unique to the university.

A full lineup is planned for the year in addition to several programs for Mount Allison students, such as a leadership retreat, a community volunteer project, and a continued certificate program. Organizers are also pleased to announce this year's guest speakers, who will give public lectures on campus throughout the fall including distinguished Allisonian Ruth Goldbloom, Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko and Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Bill Casey

All of these talks will be held in Crabtree Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Organizations: Leadership Mount Allison Speakers Series, Mount Allison University, NFL/CFL McPherson's Philadelphia Eagles Houston Oilers Northeastern University Center for the Study of Sport Sports Leadership Institute Adelphi University

Geographic location: Crabtree Auditorium

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