Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

An Evening with Terry Crews


Time: Monday, April 15, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Archie Griffin Ballroom

There are motivational speakers, and then there are “motivational do-ers.” Terry Crews is the latter. This
bonafide powerhouse—actor, activist, best-selling author, former athlete, and beyond—has inspired countless
individuals to “do something about it.” “It” can mean many differentt things to many different people:
a diffcult career choice, a seemingly unattainable goal, an addiction, an abusive relationship, or just life in
general. Crews speaks from his experience—something he encourages everyone to do—but in the process,
he is able to relate to universal stories of struggle.

Having endured abuse in childhood, Crews managed to turn his nascent passion for art into a prestigious
scholarship at a young age, a path that would lead to an athletic scholarship at Western Michigan University
and, eventually, Crews’ storied career in the NFL. Not content to slow down after retiring, Crews set
his sights on Hollywood and launched the career for which he is most famous today. However, Crews will
be the first to tell you that it was no easy ride. Between financial diffculties, confronting the challenges of
a toxic masculine culture that included treatment for pornography addiction and an initial hesitance to
talk about his experience with sexual assault in order to heal, Crews could have given up many times over.
But he refused.

Crews believes that “whatever is meant to destroy you can be your salvation.” With a combination of
radical honesty, effortless charisma, and infectious enthusiasm, Crews inspires audiences to overcome fear
and shame, be honest, do the work, and live life to its highest potential.

Rebecca Slavik
Student Activities - OUAB

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