Aaron Cooksey to Speak to Sage Students about the Dangers of Drunk Driving

March 3, 2014 at 3:29 pm

TROY, NY – Former athlete and alcohol awareness speaker Aaron Cooksey will share the story of his deadly crash and stint in prison with students on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Bush Memorial Center on the Russell Sage campus. Cooksey will address the importance of making good decisions.

Cooksey, who was born in North Canton, Ohio, began a destructive pattern of drinking and driving after a torn ACL injury sidelined him and prevented him from making his college football debut. Cooksey’s decision to drink and drive resulted in an accident that took the life of his best friend. After serving four years in prison, he now travels the country sharing his story to educate young adults about the dangers of drinking and driving, hoping to make a positive impact on their lives.

The lecture is part of The WORLD Series, a year-long lecture series for first-year Russell Sage students, the campus community and the public, focusing on topics of global and national importance, women's lives, science and technology, and the arts. WORLD stands for “Women Owning Responsibility for Learning and Doing.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event contact the Office of Student Life at (518) 244-2207 or studentlife@sage.edu.

Opportunity for coverage: Cooksey will be available to speak with media following the lecture.

For a full listing of upcoming arts and lectures at The Sage Colleges visit sage.edu/arts-lectures/ .

Media contact:

Deanna Cohen
Director of External Relations
Office of Communications & PR

The Sage Colleges
(518) 244-4593 (o), (518) 598-4927 (c)