Former NFL Player Nate Washington was the keynote speaker for the MLK Celebration on January 15th at Tiffin University. At the event, faculty and students were offered 12 differed break out sessions where they were able to discuss topics such as Cultural Awareness in the classroom, Transracial adoption, and LGBT safe spaces. It was an eye-opening experience for many people and a breath of relief for others who got to voice their opinions in an environment where they wouldn’t be judged. The President of Tiffin University, Lillian Schumacher, noted that they were making sure that students at their school, regardless or race or sexual orientation, feel welcomed and a part of the community.
The Toledo, Ohio native was raised in his hometown by his single mother, and he attended Schott High School where he was named a first-team all-area player as a senior. He ended up attending Tiffin University where he played college football and majored in Information Systems as well. He entered the 2005 NFL Draft but was not chosen by anyone, however, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed him on their roster as a free agent. Washington played for the Steelers for three years before signing a six-year contract with the Tennessee Titans in 2009. Before retiring, he also did a short stint with the Houston Texans and the New England Patriots as well.
The two-time Super Bowl champion recently spoke and participated in this year’s MLK Celebration that happened in the first half of this month. It was a fun time and inspirational for everyone who attended.
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