CAZENOVIA, NY – Former Syracuse University quarterback Don McPherson, who led the Orange to an undefeated season in 1987 and finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting that year, will explore the issue of bullying – what generates it and how it can be addressed in sports, at the workplace and in the home – when he delivers the next Cazenovia Forum lecture on Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 pm at the Catherine Cummings Theatre on Lincklaen Street in Cazenovia.
The event is free of charge and no reservations are required. An open reception will follow. Regular Forum-goers should take note that this event will be held on a Thursday evening, a departure from the usual Friday evening schedule.
With bullying and domestic violence having emerged recently as troubling issues for the National Football League, McPherson will offer his perspectives drawn from his playing career and his many years of experience speaking on college campuses and mentoring youth. In particular, his presentation will examine the roots of these behaviors, as well as bullying’s growing impact as a workplace issue and in fueling a general incivility permeates much of modern day communications.
In 1994, after retiring from a professional career that included stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Oilers of the NFL and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Rough-Riders of the Canadian Football League, McPherson turned his efforts to the issue of “men’s violence against women,” as director of Sport in Society’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Program, taking over for the program’s founder, Jackson Katz. He emerged as a national leader and advocate for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence, and has spent the last two decades conducted workshops and lectures for more than 250 college campuses, community organizations and national sports and violence prevention organizations.
McPherson has twice testified before the United States Congress and has worked closely with the U.S. Departments of Education and Defense on issues of sexual violence in education and the military, respectively. He has provided commentary on numerous national news programs and was featured in O Magazine and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Don also created and hosted “Training for Life” on MSG Varsity, a life skills TV show that examined a myriad of social issues and sports. In 2012, Training for Life’s episode on “Sports Parenting” was nominated for an Emmy Award.
In addition to speaking at the Cazenovia Forum, McPherson will meet earlier in the day with Cazenovia High School students to discuss the issue of schoolyard bullying and its impacts.
Local sponsors of this event are Buyea’s, Cazenovia Lions Club, Cazenovia Rotary Club, Fast Trac Markets, GHD, Marquardt, McIntosh Box and Pallet, Pelco, and Pro-Tel.
“With the recent bullying allegations and domestic violence issues that have emerged in the NFL, Cazenovians will have an opportunity to hear from someone who not only has lived the life of a professional football player, but who also has been an activist on these issues for nearly two decades,” said Cindy Sutton, President of the Cazenovia Forum. “We thank our sponsors and look forward to welcoming Don back to Central New York, where he is so fondly remembered as one of S.U.’s greatest and most accomplished athletes.”