U.S. Paralympic medalist Tozer to speak as part of AATF event
Tiana Tozer
Tiana Tozer

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 20, 2005) - The East Tennessee State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and its Alcohol Awareness Task Force continues working to illustrate everyone's power to make choices. On Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. in the D.P. Culp Auditorium, former U.S. Paralympic medalist Tiana Tozer will offer a unique perspective on the effects of drunk driving and of making responsible choices. The event is open to the public and ETSU students are particularly encouraged to attend.

 

Tozer, a native of Boise, Idaho, enjoyed a normal childhood until her sophomore year at the University of Oregon when she was struck by an intoxicated driver. She spent over a month in intensive care and has undergone 34 surgeries. After four years of struggling to walk, Tozer learned that a wheelchair would become a permanent part of her life.

 

While doctors worked on her physically, Tiana worked to heal herself emotionally by sharing her experiences with students in Oregon. She went on to graduate from the University of Illinois, where she played wheelchair basketball. In her sport, Tozer holds four national titles, a silver medal from the Barcelona Paralympics and a bronze medal from the Atlanta games.

 

As a speaker, Tozer shares her journey of recovery. Using personal experiences, she challenges people to look closely at America's drug of choice - alcohol. She addresses taking responsibility for your actions, self-image, and how athletics and alcohol do not mix.

 

The AATF, which was started as a cooperative program between ETSU athletics and Clyce Distributing of Johnson City in 2003, initially focused on ETSU's student-athletes, but has now widened its scope to include the overall campus and the local community.

 

For more information on the AATF, contact Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Michael White at 423-439-4220 or whitem@etsu.edu.

 

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