Friday, October 19, 2018

Former Gulf High School Star Alton Voss to Address Students

New Port Richey, FL – (October 19, 2018) – Former Gulf High School football star Alton Voss will tell his story of drugs and triumph over addiction during an assembly at 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, at Gulf High School.

The school speaking tour started when School Board Member Steve Luikart, Pasco Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Jenkins, Robin Wright, Orville Williamson, and Rev. Jim Campbell got together seven months ago to discuss how to address teenage drug use.

“We thought we could help make an impact through education,” said Luikart. “The goal was to start by hitting every middle and high school each year, and hopefully see an impact after five years.”

The addiction crisis is on the rise, and Florida is far worse than the national average. Alton Voss is on a mission to prevent young people from making the same mistakes he made by sharing his story. He grew up in New Port Richey and understands the issues faced on a day to day basis by our students. As a 3-star recruit from Gulf High School, with dreams of playing in the NFL, he earned a full-ride to play football at the University of South Florida. He threw it all away by choosing alcohol and drugs as a way of dealing with issues of anxiety, depression, failure and unmet expectations. Given a second chance at life, he played four years at Grand Valley State University earning All-Conference honors and the McAvoy Character Award, while graduating with a degree in Communications. He played professional football overseas in the German Football League for the Potsdam Royals. Alton speaks from experience and wants to share his message of success, failure, redemption, and second chances because he cares and believes that by sharing his story, he can positively impact the lives of those who hear it.