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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sound Mind Sound Body Media Day Features Over 100 High School Student-Athletes with College Scholarships / Attendee List

DETROIT, Mich., August 4, 2017 -- 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, The Sound Mind Sound Body (SMSB) Foundation and the Horatio Williams Foundation will unite to present the first annual media day and leadership forum for over 150 metro Detroit student-athletes at the UAW Ford National Programs Center in Downtown Detroit.

Sponsored by UAW FORD, students will receive free meals, sound advice, media training and positive messages from community leaders along with media engagement and interviews, and a professional photo shoot. TopCat Adidas is sponsoring every attendee with an Adidas hat, shirt, bag and visor.

Over 100 of the student-athletes have already earned college scholarships including: Detroit King standouts Erik Gibson (Minnesota) and Jaeveyon Morton (Iowa State), Detroit Western’s Derrick Corbin (Kent State), Farmington Hills Harrison’s Ovie Oghoufu (Notre Dame), East English Village Tyrone Sampson and Elijah Griffin (Syracuse), Belleville’s Davion Williams (Michigan State), Saline’s Dimitri Douglas (Michigan State), and Walled Lake Western’s Spencer Brown (Michigan State).

Community leaders (guest speakers) include: Nikolai Vitti – Detroit Public Schools Superintendent, Councilman Andre Spivey – Detroit City Council, Derrick Coleman – River Rouge Schools Superintendent, Dr. Ralpheal Johnson - Maury Povich Show, Guy Troupe - Director of Student-Athlete Development Oklahoma State University, Ryan Sullivan – President of Xenith, and Angelique Peterson-Mayberry - UAW Ford Director of Community Programs.

The mission of the SMSB Foundation is to help student-athletes successfully transition from high school to college. SMSB uses athletics as a vehicle to teach young men about life; emphasizing, "YOU ARE MORE THAN JUST AN ATHLETE." Sound Mind Sound Body challenges every student-athlete to exert equal amounts of energy on and off the field, including within the classroom.

This event is another example of SMSB's “off the field” programming. Without “media day,” these young men would miss an opportunity to partake in the leadership forum and hearing from accomplished well-rounded leaders.

All of the limited invitations were accepted and anyone who is not confirmed will be allowed to enter the facility on Friday.

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