Monday, November 22, 2010

Michael Vick going to schools to educate about animal abuse

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Students at Hillhouse and Wilbur Cross high schools are in for a treat Tuesday – NFL football star Michael Vick, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, will be paying them a visit to talk about animal cruelty.

Vick is making the rounds at schools across the country as part of his rehabilitation after serving 18 months in federal prison for running a dogfighting ring.

One of the NFL’s biggest stars, Vick will also talk to the students about the importance of going to college.

On Sunday, Vick ran and passed the Philadelphia Eagles to a victory over the New York Giants in Philadelphia.

Vick is expected to touch on the New Haven Promise, the city’s newly launched scholarship program.

The Promise program offers a free college education to students who live in the city, graduate from New Haven public or charter schools, and maintain certain academic and attendance goals.

Yale University is funding the scholarship portion of the Promise program and the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven is covering administrative costs.

He will be joined by Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, on the visits to Hillhouse at 10:30 a.m. and Cross at noon.

The pair will talk to kids about the cruelty of dogfighting and other forms of animal exploitation and about the responsibilities associated with taking care of animals.

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