Clarett to speak at church


VERSAILLES — The Versailles Christian Church (VCC) Youth Ministry is excited to host the second annual “In the Red Zone” for the Versailles High School football team, coaching staff and cheerleaders on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the VCC Fellowship Hall.

The special guest speaker for “In the Red Zone” is Maurice Clarett, who became the first and only true freshman to start at running back for Ohio State University and set the freshman single season rushing and touchdown record (1,237 years and 18 TDs) which was previously set by two-time Heisman Trophy Winner Archie Griffin. The peak of this successful season came when Clarett scored the winning touchdown in a double overtime win over the Miami Hurricanes – making the Ohio State Buckeyes National Champions in 2002.

He has been referred to as one of the greatest impact freshman collegiate football players to ever play the game. After that superb season Clarett fell into a spiral of poor decisions that cost him continuing success in football and landed him to spend 3½ years in prison.

Since his release in 2010. he has been committed to restoring his life and reputation as a man who lives and acts with integrity, and is guided by the morals and values as dictated by his strong Christian faith. Most recently Clarett completed a documentary film with ESPN Youngstown Boys about his life. Clarett now travels speaking to schools, universities, churches and business organizations sharing his story. Letting the people he speaks in front of know that it is never too late to change the direction of their life. His genuine delivery and authentic heart with every speech always leaves people inspired.

“If you would like to help with “In the Red Zone” –or- have any questions, please contact VCC’s Youth Pastor Russell Wulber at 419-303-8538,” said organizers.

VCC (Versailles Christian Church) is located at 105 W. Ward St. For additional information, contact the VCC office at 526-4194 or visit the website:

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