VALDOSTA – Lowndes Associated Ministries to People, better known as LAMP, is bringing Charlie Ward Jr., Heisman Trophy winner and former NBA player, to be the keynote speaker at its annual Changing Lives dinner.
The dinner will be 6:30 p.m., Feb. 11, in the Valdosta State Union Student Union Ballroom.
Ward was a senior quarterback on the 1993 Florida State University national championship team, leading him to become the first Florida State Heisman Trophy winner.
He is also the only Heisman Trophy winner to play in the NBA since he was selected in the 1994 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks.
Off the court, he has worked with a variety of charities with groups such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Ward's foundation, The Ward Foundation, provides sports-based mentoring and educational programs to young people.
“We are very excited to bring Charlie because he is a nearby native of Thomasville,” said dinner coordinator Courtney Gooding. “He is kind of a local boy but also has a great message to share and an inspiring story. He has dedicated his life to his foundation and to organizations like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. We are excited to bring him to Valdosta.”
For tables or sponsorships, contact Courtney Gooding, (229) 412-8568.
All funds from the dinner go directly to LAMP to help the homeless in the local community, according to the LAMP website.
Desiree Carver is Lifestyles Editor at the Valdosta Daily Times. She can be reached at (229) 375-5777.