Student Activities at Seward County Community College will host Motivational Speaker Bob Anastas at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12 in SW229C/D of the SCCC Student Activities Center in Liberal.
His presentation, 3Check in to a Winning Life,2 reflects responsible attitudes, smart choices and challenges that young people face.
Over the past two decades, Bob Anastas, founder and former executive director of Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD, has risen to national prominence as a speaker, educator and author. Today, through this program, he brings to both parents and students a timely, motivational message on how young people can develop responsible attitudes and make smart choices about the many challenges they face.
A former college All-American football and hockey player, Massachusetts high school teacher of the year, and coach, Anastas faced a tragedy in the summer of 1981 that profoundly changed the course of his life. Within four days, two star athletes on his high school hockey team were killed in separate drunk driving crashes. Their deaths prompted Anastas to start a new health program for sophomores at the Massachusetts school where he taught.
After only one week into the course, Anastas recognized that his typical approachreciting powerful statistics on the consequences of underage drinking and drunk drivingwas not getting through. The students already knew the facts, but were still making illegal and risky choices and, in some cases, they were dying.
Out of frustration, Anastas turned to the students themselves for help. "We began to see the problem as a box in which students are trapped," Anastas said. "One wall of the box is made up of the kids' desire to preserve their parents' perfect image of them. The second wall is created by peer pressurethe pressure to go along with what the students perceive as socially acceptable, high-risk behavior. The third wall is comprised of simple innocence and naiveti; despite the statistics, kids don't fully comprehend their own mortality. And the final wall is built by a lack of communication between children and parents. SADD was born from this concept.
The "Check In To A Winning Life" program covers these issues-motivating students, teachers and parents to broaden their understanding of risk-taking behavior and to forcefully address it.