Had to Make a Difference
years had passed since Ronnie?s sad and lonely death but with
the dawn of every day I became more obsessed with the cause and
circumstances of his demise, but even more so, about how to use
his demise as a positive factor in preventing
others from falling into the same pathetic, miserable
trap that took his life.
difficult as I knew it would be, I had to write his story because
I knew just how miserable he was and I knew about the daily firestorms
that besieged this former football star. I watched him deteriorate
from a fine tuned athlete into someone who literally gave
up on life, lost all self-worth, self-esteem,
self-control, his family, his identify and then his tormented
life to ALCOHOL, the demon that ultimately consumed
I had completed the manuscript of RONNIE,
I knew the task would not be finished until I developed a program
that would give me the opportunity to take his true story
to every young person in America through the book and/or in person.
Often times I have a tendency to direct my message toward student-athletes
simply because they are frequently looked up to, emulated so to
speak, by many students. However, make
no mistake about it, this message is meant for every
youth, every teenager, every young adult as well as their
parents and grandparents.
story is of a person who forfeited his life to ALCOHOL
that began with
casual, social drinking in high school. After
all the glory days of college football were no more, the curse
left him an empty shell of a man who was convinced there remained
no real purpose for his life.
my humble opinion, I have written a book that will be of interest
to a vast audience, as noted by our many endorsers. I
guarantee that it will touch
your deepest emotions. I am convinced that
we can change the life style of thousands of our young people,
but to do this I need the support of many.
I have no choice but to spread this message to every corner of
America. It is my intent to make Ronnie?s story and our
program a national movement
in scope, but again, I truly need the help
of all interested parties for this to become a reality.
me put it to you this way: If through this book and/or our live
presentation, we can play a significant role in the life of just
one young person and be the
incentive and inspiration that prevents him or her from falling
into the same wretched quagmire as did RONNIE,
then it will be something that every person in your
community will never, ever forget.
is most important that everyone understands my desire is to be
exceptionally effective with each facet of this program. When
someone has lived with a story as I have Ronnie?s, it?s difficult
for me to even consider the remotest possibility of not presenting
our case effectively. Yet, I am acutely aware that I
must convey my insight, feelings and opinions
to our young people, their parents, grandparents and friends in
a manner whereby they will grasp the full impact of ?A
Message from Ronnie?.
we establish our presence around the country I want to bring our
live presentation to as many communities as possible and by the
time we leave, I can assure you that everyone will know we?ve
been there. I will spend as much time as my
schedule permits, meeting with all media that wants to
learn about our goal and purpose and be available to
visit with talk radio personnel, newspapers and television news
and/or sports shows that offer an invitation.
visiting your community I would like to address a civic club and
speak at a church and/or a school. My goal is to make sure that
everyone in your area knows of the plight
that ultimately claimed Ronnie?s life!