WESTFIELD - It is not every day you see a former National Football League player carry a teacher and two students on his back. Shawn Harper did just that, plus rip a phone book in half during an assembly at Westfield Academy and Central School.
Harper is part of Champions For Today lecture series which looks to motivate youth during critical times in their lives. He spoke of the challenges he has gone through in his sports career while giving the students the message to always have confidence and follow your dreams.
Harper told students his story of his high school experiences with his wrestling team. He told students he had an embarrassing accident during his first varsity wrestling match. Following the incident, Harper didn't want to return to the match but his coach insisted.
Photo by Samantha McDonnell
Former National Football League player and motivational speaker Shawn Harper, far right, carries Westfield Academy and Central School special education teacher Marty Oakes on his back during an assembly at WACS to show involvement with drugs can be a heavy burden. Also pictured are two students at left.
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