Powerful Speaker to Share at GWU for Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week

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Aaron Cooksey Speaks Out Against Drinking and Driving

BOILING  SPRINGS, N.C. – The Gardner-Webb Dimensions program welcomes Aaron Cooksey to speak during the University’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Week. Cooksey knows firsthand the impact that one decision can make in life, or, more specifically, the losing of a life. The program will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 9:25 a.m. in Paul Porter Arena, located in the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center.

Cooksey attended Mount Union College, where he hoped to play two sports and become an elementary education teacher. These goals were put aside when he tore his ACL and was unable to compete in his first college football game. Upset, he turned to drinking and soon began the habit of driving under the influence. He has faced multiple consequences because of his actions, including a revoked driver’s license for life, four years in prison, and, above all else, the death of his best friend.

Although he was not able to fulfill his dream of becoming a schoolteacher after prison, Cooksey has devoted his time towards teaching the public. His Drop Your Pride program emphasizes the power of people’s actions and their consequences, both good and bad. Cooksey asks his audiences to ignore their pride and do what’s right.

“We bring in a speaker each fall to talk about alcohol or drug use,” said Kat Ayotte, assistant athletic trainer at Gardner-Webb. “This program is mandatory for all of our student athletes, but we feel Cooksey will be able to impact all of our students in a positive manner to help them make the right choices.”

This Dimensions program is being sponsored by NCAA Health and Safety, the Big South Conference, Campus Ministries, the Department of Athletics, and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee. For more information, contact Ayotte at kayotte@gardner-webb.edu.

Gardner-Webb University’s Dimensions programs are free and open to the public. The goal of Dimensions is to enhance the spiritual, intellectual, and cultural life of the University and also to promote a sense of community. Dimensions programs are held on Tuesdays at 9:25 a.m. in the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center (LYCC). More information is available at 704- 406-4277.