The Ware County Media Specialists hosted a Family Night featuring Adrian Peterson as the guest speaker. Peterson is a former Georgia Southern University football player who went on to being drafted by the Chicago Bears. His latest accomplishments are writing a book entitled “Don’t Dis My Abilities” and being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Before Peterson reached any of the aforementioned achievements, he was an elementary school student with a speech impediment. Peterson struggled to turn his thoughts into words, and his desperate attempts to be normal stifled his talents, until he was finally able to charge through his disability and turn it into success.
The message Peterson strongly conveyed was, “Hard work pays off.” In his speech, Peterson talked about how, at a young age, he decided he no longer needed speech therapy services. He disliked being singled out and called out of class with other kids asking where he was going. His parents told him to prove this to them by reading the newspaper. When he could not form the words, he then realized he needed to embrace the services he was receiving and work hard so that one day he would be able to prove he no longer needed speech services. Peterson received speech services until the age of 23. He persevered through school and post game speeches and came out on top. He is now an inspirational speaker sharing his story that no matter what difficulties stand in the way, anyone can do and be anything they want.
Peterson offered advice to parents as well by encouraging them to find their child’s strength, whatever it may be, and maximize that strength. He also stressed the importance of long-term goals and that one must have short-term goals in place in order to reach the long-term goals.
One student in attendance stated that she was inspired by Adrian because he had difficulties and had to do therapy just like her. She went on to state that she doesn't always like therapy, but after hearing Adrian, she realized that she has the power to control her future.
The Ware County Media Specialists would like to thank all who came out to Family Night and contributed to its success. They look forward to providing more opportunities like this in the future.
Pictured: Top L-R: Thomas C., Adrian Peterson, and Prince A.; Daniel Harding, Landon H., Christy Harding and Adrian Peterson
Middle L-R Ware County Media Specialists Sherry Windle, Sandra Frye, Kellie Saxon, Candace Smith, Jessica Cox, Adrian Peterson, Trina Dill, Candice Rice, Heather Thigpen and Andrea Miller
Bottom L-R: Brandon Andrews, Adrian Peterson, and Athletic Director David Shields; Nathaniel Davis and Christian C.