To commemorate its 75th anniversary, the Southeastern Conference will launch a year-long observance at the start of the 2007-2008 academic year that celebrates the thousands of student-athletes who have represented the conference for eight decades.
“Stories of Character” will highlight 75 former student-athletes from each of its 12 member institutions and the contributions they have made to society since the completion of their collegiate careers, applying what they learned in the classroom and in athletic competition to make an impact in their communities and beyond. A celebrity storyteller for each school will detail the stories of a host of former athletes who have made an impact beyond the playing field. These stories will air on national and regional broadcasts by SEC television partners CBS, ESPN, Lincoln Financial Sports and FSN South.
Among the other celebrity storytellers are Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (Tennessee), bestselling author John Grisham (Mississippi State) and former President Bill Clinton (Arkansas).
John Grisham will tell “stories of character” of the following people:
- Bailey Howell (Basketball) – Basketball Hall of Fame inductee who continues to fundraise for Mississippi State.
- Rosa Mariella Jiminez Mahan (Tennis) – Executive in company working to provide energy resources to emerging Latin and South American countries.
- Tyrone Keys (Football) – Founder of the All-Sports Community Service program, helping youth secure college scholarships.
- Burke Masters (Baseball) – Roman Catholic priest in Chicago.
- Liesel Miller Richie (Track) – Researcher who specializes in disaster management.
- Leo W. Seal, Jr. (Football) – Banker who has helped many through his philanthropic endeavors.
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