Philippi, W.Va. – A packed Funkhouser Auditorium gathered to listen to Scott Maloney, a national speaker, share his personal story in a presentation entitled “I Got Lucky” for Alcohol Awareness Month.
Nearly 275 Alderson Broaddus University student, faculty, staff, and local community members heard Maloney share his message about the importance of making good decisions surrounding alcohol use. Students from varying years, majors, student organizations, and athletic teams were in attendance. Colin Murphy, Alderson Broaddus alumnus and Beverage Distributors, Inc. representative and Alanna Kelley, Senior Marketing, Finance, and Business Administration major and Student Athletic Advisory Committee President, greeted the audience and introduced the speaker.
During his presentation, Maloney described himself as a college senior who had everything going for him. He was a star athlete – the MVP of his cross country team – had a close knit group of friends and a loving family. But in an instant, all of it changed. Maloney recounts the night that life as he knew it was turned upside down by one poor choice. After an evening of drinking, Maloney attempted to scale a tree to retrieve his keys from a locked dorm room and lost his balance – falling three stories and striking his head on the ground. The resulting traumatic brain injury nearly killed him, left Scott in a coma for three weeks and required years of therapy to relearn how to eat, talk and walk again. Maloney does not want to see other college students be an alcohol related injury statistic like him. During his presentation, Maloney shared other talents like free-style rapping and telling a few jokes for the audience.
“His story was one to take seriously,” Makenzie Rose, Senior Journalism Major and President of Baptist Campus Ministry stated. “He is a walking testimony.”
To help promote the event, AB Greek Life lined the Quad with over 400 bottles of water with labels advertising the speaker and information about alcohol safety and education. This is an annual Greek Life program entitled Think Before You Drink. Those attendance were in a raffle for gift cards sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and invited to a free dessert buffet in the cafeteria for fellowship and an opportunity to mingle with Maloney. The speaker and dessert buffet was sponsored by Beverage Distributors, Inc. of Clarksburg, WV, the local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler, as part of the company’s commitment to help prevent underage drinking and drunk driving. Alderson Broaddus University is grateful for community partnerships that want to serve and educate the students about safe behaviors.Scott Maloney, a national speaker, shares his personal story in a presentation entitled “I Got Lucky” for Alcohol Awareness Month.