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Cheyney's Drug and Alcohol Awareness Day Brings Former NBA Player Joel Green Back to Campus

December 12, 2017

Joel Green with Cheyney students Allen Bennett and Khalil Allen On Monday, December 4, 2017, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania’s offices of Athletics, Residence Life and Housing and NCAA Choices joined forces to host the second annual Drug and Alcohol Awareness Day. The annual event was developed by the NCAA in an effort to educate students about the risks involved with the misuse of alcohol and drugs.

The event brought Philadelphia native and former NBA Player, Joel Green back to campus to speak with students on the topic of "Making Safer Decisions." Green, who is now the Founder and CEO of Pro Level Training and a Motivational Speaker, previously visited CU as a speaker for the 2016 Drug and Alcohol Awareness Day.

During his discussion, the once Division I student athlete, encouraged students to enjoy their college years, but advised them to explore and make smarter decisions for themselves as it relates to alcohol use, relationships and academic excellence. He also urged the importance of investing in yourself, being prepared for every opportunity and giving back to the community.

Green certainly severed as a strong role model for Cheyney students as his overall message of perseverance, goal setting, faith and excellence was well received by all in attendance.

CU’s Drug and Alcohol Awareness Day also featured a blend of activities and discussions. Including a presentation by NOPE (Narcotics, Overdoes, Prevention and Education) for Parents and Holcomb Behavioral Health, titled “Opiates:  A Growing Epidemic” and tabling in the Marcus Foster Student Center, that housed relevant prevention information.

Photo: Joel Green (center) during his visit at Cheyney University with The Brotherhood President, Khalil Allen (right) and Brotherhood member, Allen Green (left).