The Tennessee Titans are a household name around Nashville, so it was no surprise that they headlined 104.5 The Zoneâ€™s Sports Fest on February 19, 2011 at the Convention Center. What no one expected was that visitors would also have the chance to learn about the hazards of street drugs.
Online PR News – 21-February-2011 – – The Convention Center was packed as thousands gathered to see their favorite sports figures, from Eddie George to Sterling Marlin. Passing through the hall, one would expect plenty of free giveaways. But this year, along with the ice cream from Blue Bell and doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts there was another free handout: a booklet titled â€śThe Truth About Drugsâ€ť.
â€śThis booklet educates youth and parents on the dangerous effects of drugs that most people have no clue about,â€ť said Julie Forney who assists the Drug-Free World Foundation and works with the Church of Scientology. Forney said that during the sports event, more than 2,000 booklets were given away to youth and their parents. â€śItâ€™s important for them to receive this information, and especially fitting to start young athletes in the right direction.â€ť
The Drug-Free World Foundation teamed up with the Nashville Metros Soccer team at Sports Fest and passed out the materials together. Children who came to the Metrosâ€™ booth would attempt to score a goal and everyone was given a booklet afterward. There was a pledge for youth and parents to sign, promising they would live a drug-free life and help others do the same. More than 200 names filled the pledge at the end of the day.
â€śEveryone came to talk sports â€“ we went a step further and combined sports with drug education. People need to understand drugs so they know how to keep abuse out of their lives. I just hope weâ€™ve made an impact on those who have seen us today,â€ť said Forney.
For more information on the Drug-Free World Foundation, visit www.drugfreeworld.org.