Blake McMeans to Speak at Colbert Heights High School

September 9, 2017
by Staff Reports

When Blake McMeans speaks, his message is clear, “Don’t drink and drive or ride with those who do.” Blake has now added to his speech “don’t text and drive”.  But his message has a far greater impact when the 40-year-old walks to the podium. McMeans tells his compelling story and warns kids not to make the same mistake he did.

 

On Tuesday, September 12th @ 9:15 am, the former athlete will challenge students @ Colbert Heights, Cherokee & Colbert Co. HS to make a promise to themselves and him…not to drink or text and to make healthy life choices. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the United States. That’s why State Farm®, the nation’s largest auto insurer, is bringing Blake to Colbert Co.  to share his inspiring message with local students.

 

A number 4 nationally ranked tennis player entering The University of Tennessee in 1994, McMeans had it all.  Friends, family, full college scholarship and an athletic future as far as the eye could see.  That is, until November of that year when he chose to drive home one night after drinking with fraternity brothers at a Knoxville bar.  A terrible car crash less than a mile from home almost took his life, sending him into a months-long coma and leaving him partially paralyzed and facing years of rehabilitation.

 

It took Blake seven years to re-learn how to stand, chew and talk.  But the accident also forever ended his dreams of being a professional athlete.  “I want people to learn from my mistake, that underage drinking and drinking and driving can have a devastating effect on your life,” McMeans said.

Blake will be speaking at Colbert Heights HS @ 9:15 a.m. located at 6825 Woodmont Dr. Tuscumbia, AL. For more information about the State Farm sponsored Promise Tour, contact State Farm agent David Reed, 256-443-3554

 

When Blake McMeans speaks, his message is clear, “Don’t drink and drive or ride with those who do.” Blake has now added to his speech “don’t text and drive”.  But his message has a far greater impact when the 40-year-old walks to the podium. McMeans tells his compelling story and warns kids not to make the same mistake he did.

 

On Tuesday, September 12th @ 9:15 am, the former athlete will challenge students @ Colbert Heights, Cherokee & Colbert Co. HS to make a promise to themselves and him…not to drink or text and to make healthy life choices. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the United States. That’s why State Farm®, the nation’s largest auto insurer, is bringing Blake to Colbert Co.  to share his inspiring message with local students.

 

A number 4 nationally ranked tennis player entering The University of Tennessee in 1994, McMeans had it all.  Friends, family, full college scholarship and an athletic future as far as the eye could see.  That is, until November of that year when he chose to drive home one night after drinking with fraternity brothers at a Knoxville bar.  A terrible car crash less than a mile from home almost took his life, sending him into a months-long coma and leaving him partially paralyzed and facing years of rehabilitation.

 

It took Blake seven years to re-learn how to stand, chew and talk.  But the accident also forever ended his dreams of being a professional athlete.  “I want people to learn from my mistake, that underage drinking and drinking and driving can have a devastating effect on your life,” McMeans said.

Blake will be speaking at Colbert Heights HS @ 9:15 a.m. located at 6825 Woodmont Dr. Tuscumbia, AL. For more information about the State Farm sponsored Promise Tour, contact State Farm agent David Reed, 256-443-3554

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