Assembly with Rocky Bleier at Margaret Bell Miller Middle School
Beating the Odds Foundation presented a Quarterbacks of Life® assembly for four hundred twenty (420) 6th – 8th-grade students at Margaret Bell Miller Middle School, teachers, and members of the Waynesburg community.
Rocky Bleier, former Pittsburgh Steeler, who serves as the Co-Chair and a Quarterback of Life® for Beating the Odds Foundation; and Rocco Scalzi, Founder and President of Beating the Odds Foundation spoke to the 420 students about their own beating the odds stories and the importance of having a dream, setting goals, overcoming obstacles and most importantly, never giving up. Joining Rocky and Rocco were two local individuals who have his or her own beating the odds story. Brian Tennant, Sheriff Greene County, and Meg Throckmorton, senior at Waynesburg Central High School, spoke briefly to the students about their triumph over tragedy. Brian is a brain cancer survivor and Meg overcame a devastating spinal cord injury.
The student leadership team introduced Mr. Bleier’s biography through a video that they wrote and created under the leadership of Ms. Amy Sibert. Also, during the assembly students surprised Mr. Bleier with a birthday cake and gift!
This is the first year that these middle school students are participating in the Quarterbacks of Life® Student Success and Leadership Program under the leadership of Superintendent Brian Uplinger and Principal John Lipscomb. The program is made possible through Baily Insurance Agency, First Commonwealth Bank, Greene County Drug & Alcohol, US Foods, and Walmart.