Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer to Speak at WWU

Nick best pic LoweryKansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer and all-time leading scorer, Nick Lowery, will share his message of focus, passion and purpose when he speaks at William Woods University Nov. 5.

His program, scheduled for at 7 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium, is part of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public.

Before landing the kicking job in Kansas City, Nick Lowery was cut 11 times by eight teams in his young professional football career. However, after he unseated future Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud, Lowery went on to become the Chiefs’ all-time leading scorer (1,466 points).

Not only was Lowery the most accurate and prolific field goal kicker in NFL history, he has been an Ivy scholar, Presidential aide, poet, teacher and philanthropist. He speaks about tapping into an individual’s prime gifts, values and focus to achieve a new level of purpose and performance.

Lowery’s charitable work began with Kick with Nick for Cerebral Palsy, which won the National UCP Award and propelled Lowery to be chosen for the NFL Players most prestigious humanitarian award, the Byron “Whizzer” White award. He also founded Adult Role Models for Youth in 1989, now known as Youthfriends, which has thousands of volunteers working with youth in Kansas and Missouri.

Lowery founded Champions for the Homeless, Champions against Bullying and the Nick Lowery Youth Foundation. Established in 2003, the foundation provides leadership institutes and workshops to enable youth to lead positive, purposeful lives. Its programs represent 25 Native American tribes, and youth from diverse ethnic roots from Dartmouth College to prisons on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

“I am excited to hear all about the Nick Lowery Youth Foundation,” said junior Ashley Bauer. “I did a little research on him, and his dedication to disadvantaged youth is nothing short of inspiring. He has anti-bullying programs, offers leadership training workshops and mentor programs to those who are able to lend a philanthropic hand.”

“I am very excited to hear Nick Lowery because I really like listening to what the speakers have to say,” said senior Kristen Bauer. “You can learn a lot by hearing someone speak, especially someone who has gone through so much. I think the event will be beneficial for students to get inspired and motivated while also learning something they may not have known before,”

Each event or speaker brought to William Woods leaves a lasting impression on those in attendance.

“I think that students benefit most from the skills they will be able to use as young professionals,” said junior Sadie Herrick.

WWU’s President’s Concert and Lecture Series brings speakers and top entertainment to campus for the enjoyment of students and the community. For more information on the speech, contact Brenda Foster at brenda.foster@williamwoods.edu.