Former NFL Player Michael Sam to speak at College of Charleston

Michael Sam
FILE - In this March 22, 2015, file photo, Michael Sam runs through a drill during the NFL Super Regional Combine football workout in Tempe, Ariz. Michael Sam will make his Montreal Alouettes debut in August 2015, but his coach won't give an exact date. The Alouettes play Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 in Calgary, and coach Tom Higgins says the defensive end could compete in any of the five games in August. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

CHARLESTON, S.C (WCBD) — Michael Sam, the first openly-gay player to be drafted by a team from the National Football League, is coming to speak at the College of Charleston.

Sam will present a lecture titled “From Hitchcock High to the NFL: I Am Michael Sam,” at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2016, in the Stern Student Center located at 71 George St. The lecture is free and open to the public.

During the presentation, Sam will chronicle his experiences as a water boy in high school, his All-American playing career at the University of Missouri and his selection by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft.

In 2014, Sam won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and was named one of GQ Magazine’s Men of the Year.

The program is being presented by the Office of Student Life and the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services in observance of Human Rights Day, which commemorates the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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