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Former pro football player, motivational speaker Joe Ehrmann speaking at Heath High Tuesday night

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ROCKWALL – Former pro football player, Ronald McDonald House co-founder, motivational speaker and minister Joe Ehrmann will speak to teens and parents about “Raising Healthy Men and Women” and making positive changes in communities, Feb. 19, at 7 pm, at the Rockwall Heath High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

According to a news release from RISD, Ehrmann’ s revolutionary concepts of team-building, mentoring and coaching are the subject of the New York Times bestseller Season of Life, written by Jeffrey Marx.  An All-American football player at Syracuse University, he played professional football for 13 years. He was named the Baltimore Colts “Man of the Year.” Parade Magazine featured him on its cover, naming him “The Most Important Coach in America” because of his work to transform the culture of sports. In addition, he was selected as one of the “Most Influential Sport Educators in America” by the Institute for International Sport.

Outside the realm of sports, he was also chosen by the Baltimore Business Journal as the “Renaissance Person of the Decade” for his dedication and commitment to Baltimore’s betterment.  He is also co-founder of The Door, a community-based organization that addresses issues of poverty, systemic racism and social justice.

Other honors include being named the American Diabetes Association’s and Father’s Day Council’s “Father of the Year,” as well as the National Fatherhood Initiative’s “Man of the Year.”  For his work empowering youth to prevent male violence, Mr. Ehrmann was also the recipient of the Frederick Douglas “Man of the Year Award.”

By J.J. Smith

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