Beverage distributors Eastown Distributors Co. and Powers Distributing Co. sponsored a nationally renowned motivational speaker to share first-hand lessons in the dangers of underage drinking and driving with students in three Michigan counties during a weeklong visit Oct. 27-Oct. 30.
“As a local family business with deep roots in our community, Eastown Distributors is committed to helping keep our communities safe and inspiring youth to make good decisions in life, and that’s where Jim Rockwell has been especially effective,” said Eastown President Paul Quasarano. “Jim has the ability to make a tremendous impression and impact on young people, especially on their decision-making when it comes to alcohol, drinking and driving.”
“Jim Rockwell has an important story to share about making the right choices and how drinking and driving can devastate families and even the entire community,” said Powers President Jerry Powers. “Many of our employees live and work in the communities we serve, and the issue of underage drinking affects all of us. We’re pleased we could host Jim to come and talk to young people about how the choices they make can have life-long consequences.”
Rockwell is a motivational speaker on preventing teen drinking. He was 16 when he got behind the wheel drunk, causing a head-on collision that nearly took his own life. He was in a coma for six weeks and spent seven months recovering from his injuries. Though he can live independently today after undergoing rigorous rehabilitation and therapy, he suffers from impairment in his motor skills and sight and as a result, can’t drive a car.
Rockwell spoke at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and at Edsel Ford High in Dearborn. He also spoke at Cesar Chavez High School, University Preparatory Academy, Allen Academy and George Crockett Academy in Detroit. In addition, Rockwell addressed students at Annie E. Flynn Educational Center in Sterling Heights and Atherton High School in Burton.
Rockwell has visited schools in Michigan for many years in events sponsored by Michigan distributors such as Eastown and Powers.
For more information on Eastown: www.eastown.com
For more information on Powers Distributing: www.powersdistributing.com.
For information on Rockwell: www.rockwellproject.com.