Friday, January 20, 2006

Joe Ehrmann – pastor, child advocate, professional speaker, former NFL player and former high school coach – will give a motivational presentation at Fairmont State on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Ehrmann, the founder of “Building Men and Women for Others,” speaks across the country about how coaches can serve as positive mentors for boys in becoming men and girls in becoming women. His presentation, sponsored by Fairmont State and the Greater Fairmont Council of Churches, will take place at 7 p.m. in Colebank Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Ehrmann was an All-American football player at Syracuse and played in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts for 15 years. He later returned to Baltimore and opened an inner-city community center known as The Door. His other projects include co-founding a Ronald McDonald House for sick children and launching a racial conciliation project called Mission Baltimore. He is a volunteer coach for the Gilman High School football team in Baltimore, where he teaches players his “Building Men and Women for Others” precepts. Ehrmann is also the pastor at 4,000 member Grace Fellowship Church in Timonium, Md. He was featured in Parade Magazine in August 2004.

Ehrmann was the central focus of a book titled “Season of Life,” which was written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jeffery Marx. Copies of the book are available for $20 at Central United Methodist Church, 301 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, or before the program begins in the Turley Center on Jan. 24.

For more information about “Building Men and Women for Others,” visit http://www.buildingmenandwomen.org/.