Baylor Grad Returns To Inspire Leadership

Oct. 23, 2009

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Baylor University graduate Tyrone Smith, former professional football player and president and co-founder of First and Goal Inc., will present a lecture to inspire students to "take the road less taken" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Kayser Auditorium at the Hankamer School of Business on the Baylor campus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is the third lecture in the Leadership Lecture Series, hosted by the Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement at Baylor. The Academy hosts many lectures throughout the fall and spring semesters for students within the Academy to get engaged in leading today's society.

Smith will inspire students with his personal story on how he founded First and Goal Inc., a non-profit organization focused on empowering today's youth with the life skills to follow their dreams. Through his organization, Smith has encouraged more than 100,000 youth and has initiated programs with more than 40 different schools in the Houston, California and Michigan.

"Tyrone Smith has poured his passion and commitment into service and leadership," said Ramona Curtis, the director for Leader Development and Civic Engagement at Baylor. "He is showing the spirit of what we want students to be here at Baylor and beyond."

In 2008, Smith hosted The Journey Beyond Dreams College Experience Program at Baylor and exposed more than 400 students from Houston, Conroe and Waco on how to be a successful college student.

Smith earned his bachelor's degree in sociology at Baylor in 1995, then signed and played with the San Francisco 49ers for three seasons.

The Leadership Lecture Series devotes each lecture to one of the Academy's leadership concentrations: leadership and contemporary social issues, leadership in public life, leadership in the Church, and leadership through private enterprise. Presenters in the series will discuss a critical need in the given area of focus and the Christian leadership qualities required to meet that need.

For more information on the Leadership Lecture Series, visit the Academy's website

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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