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April 21, 2011

Witten gets MADD

GRAPEVINE – Cowboys tight end Jason Witten isn’t just a spokesman for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). It is a cause about which he is passionate.

Before a youth rally at Fellowship Church on Wednesday night, Witten spoke against the dangers of drinking and driving as MADD began a campaign against underage drinking.

“In my own life, there were a lot of challenges with my dad and alcohol,” said Witten, who grew up with an abusive father until his mother, Kim, relocated her three sons to Elizabethton, Tenn., when Jason was 11. “A lot of what I learned was kind of how not to do it more than ways to learn from your parents. I just want to encourage some of those kids who are impressionable, to hear it from me not to drink and drive and to stay away from those bad influences, and not only to stay away from them, but to hold their friends accountable.”

Witten’s likeness is featured, along with the teens of Riverdale, in Archie Comics Double Digit No. 217. It includes a storyline about underage drinking prevention.

“What a way to reach so many kids,” Witten said. “I’m going to stand up and say, ‘This is something you stand for.’ I just felt like there were so many kids in this area that I could make an impact on their life.”

Witten began his SCORE foundation – Support, Community, Overcome, Rebuild, Educate – in December 2007. The foundation assists non-profit organizations in Texas and Tennessee in preventing domestic abuse while helping victims.

-- Charean Williams

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