FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MASSACHUSETTS SADD IS
PUTTING SAFETY INTO DRIVE FOR ANOTHER 25!
Mayor Thomas Menino and Survivor: Africa Winner Ethan Zohn
To Speak at Large-Scale Safety Fair and Press Event
(July 17, 2006) -SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is turning
25! Hundreds of students from across the country have come together
in Boston to celebrate SADDs 25-year history and get revved
up for the future. "Putting SAFETY
Into DRIVE for Another 25," which
will close out the 2006 SADD National Conference, will take place at
Bostons City Hall Plaza on Monday, July 17, from 10:00 a.m. to
12:00 p.m. This is a chance for the public to learn more about the key
issues teens face every day, witness the revolutionary work that SADD
students are doing nationwide, and be part of the festivities.
"Through support from the Governors Highway Safety Bureau,
a program of the Executive Office of Public Safety, 11 youth leaders
from the Commonwealth have been working hard to plan this event,"
Julie Cushing, Massachusetts Youth Program Director, said. "Theyre
determined to make the Safety Fair a very memorable experience for everyone
The event will feature interactive and educational exhibits, live entertainment,
and a special appearance by the New England Revolutions "street
team" and mascot. A press conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino will provide opening remarks.
"I am delighted to be here to celebrate SADD's 25th anniversary,
and I am proud that the City of Boston is playing an important role
in your efforts to enhance and strengthen SADD's important message,"
Mayor Menino said. "Like SADD, I believe in the ability of our
young people to be good leaders and, working together, we can continue
to build a bright future for our young people."
Ethan Zohn, winner of the CBS reality series Survivor: Africa,
co-founder of Grassroot Soccer and director of Kick AIDS, will speak
about youth leadership and the importance of giving back to the community.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be presenting
an award, congratulating SADD for its 25 years of success. SADD National
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Wallace will also be honored
by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Deputy
Director Mary Ann Solberg will present Mr. Wallace with a certificate
of recognition for the work he has done for ONDCP and his tireless efforts
in fighting teen substance abuse.
Founded as Students Against Driving Drunk in 1981 in Wayland, Massachusetts,
SADD has grown to become the nations premier peer-to-peer youth
education and prevention organization with 10,000 chapters in middle
schools, high schools, and colleges. In 1997, in response to requests
from SADD students themselves, SADD expanded its mission and now sponsors
chapters called Students Against Destructive Decisions. SADD continues
to endorse a firm "No Use" message related to use of alcohol
and other drugs. SADD now highlights prevention of all destructive behaviors
and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking,
substance abuse, impaired driving, and teen violence and suicide. More
information about SADD is available at www.sadd.org.