Northborough/Southborough – Algonquin Regional High School's (ARHS) SADD chapter will be hosting “The Drive to Save Lives” tour for parents and students Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. The featured guest speakers will be Kathi and Chris Sullivan.
Kathi will share the story of her 17-year old daughter Taylor who wandered away alone in the woods one night while at a party and then drowned in only two feet of water. Kathi will speak about how the tragedy could have been prevented and how Taylor's family, friends and community were impacted.
Chris will speak from a different perspective. He was a former NFL player from 1996 to 2002, playing in two Super Bowls for the Patriots and earning a Super Bowl XXXVI ring. He will share how he should have been on top of the world at that time; however his long-term battle with anxiety and addiction took over his life, leading to losing all he had gained. He will describe the different ways he hid his anxiety and how it manifested into a substance abuse problem. He will also share valuable insights for both students and parents on how to deal with stress and anxiety before it takes over one's life.
In order to get students involved on making safe decisions, SADD is also sponsoring a video contest promoting safe choices. Students will create public service announcements showing how reckless driving and/or decisions are dangerous while involving messages about peer pressure. The winners of the contest will be unveiled during the parents” assembly and presented with prizes, including a free limousine for a night along with cash prizes.
The event is sponsored in part thanks to support from: the Algonquin Boosters, APTO, Algonquin wrestling team, the Mazzola family, Cascio Limousine, and Sullivan-Kreiss Financial Services.