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Football great Jim Brown to share successful Amer-I-Can program with Central Valley audience

Football great Jim Brown coming to Visalia Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and star Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown will speak at the Visalia Fox Theatre Friday, August 16 at an event scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Mr. Brown has a special message for Central Valley adults helping at-risk young people. For the past 25 years, he has worked with youth in urban settings and in prison through his Amer-I-Can program. Founded in 1988, the Amer-I-Can Program is used extensively with gang-involved youth in inner-city Los Angeles and Cleveland. The program is successful in improving the quality of its participants' lives through a self-management skills system which focuses on academics, behavior and self-determination.

"Having the 'great' Jim Brown share his Ameri-I-Can program here in Visalia is an extraordinary opportunity for Central Valley educators," says Adam Valencia, program director for the Tulare County Office of Education's Choices Prevention Programs. "Together, school districts, public agencies and faith-based partners throughout the region have the opportunity to learn from his successes on ways to work together and focus on developing the 'whole' child."

Tickets may be purchased at the Visalia Fox Theatre for $20 per person. Tickets for groups of 10 are available for just $100. To reach the Fox, visit, or call (559) 625-1369.

For additional information, call Alisha Montoya at Choices Prevention Programs at (559) 651-0155.