WILMINGTON — Wilmington College students filled the McCoy Room in Kelly Center Tuesday night to hear from former Cincinnati Bengals’ running back Cedric Peerman.
Peerman spent eight of his nine NFL seasons in Cincinnati, quickly becoming a fan favorite. He was known as a Pro-Bowler and special teams captain — but the title given him by Anthony Munoz early in his pro career of “The Running Reverend” seems to be the most fitting for his role on campus.
Peerman was invited to speak to students during a Late Night Event hosted by the New Life Clinic. Students were provided free pizza, drinks and giveaways – the usual format offered once a month by the pregnancy resource center.
Peerman shared some of his experiences in the NFL and what he has learned over the course of his life that has been instrumental in the man that he is today. He encouraged students to “Keep Trying/Don’t Give Up… Find Someone to Invest In… Control What You Can Control (Attitude & Effort)…”
Sherry Weller, Executive Director at New Life Clinic, stated about the Late Night Events, “We try to provide students with creative learning opportunities at least a few times each semester, and we have been fortunate to have great faculty and staff at WC work so closely with us to make this happen.
“For tonight’s event, head football coach Bryan Moore encouraged his players to attend,” Weller added. “We had almost the entire football team there, and they were engaged and respectful. I think they got a lot out of it – and I mean more than the pizza!”
Last month New Life Clinic hosted self-defense training for students that was led by Kennedy Consulting.
The October event will cover the topic of “Consent” from a legal and practical standpoint, and a workshop on “Healthy Relationships” will be presented in November.
The pregnancy resource center is within walking distance from WC’s campus and provides numerous sexual health services including pregnancy testing, early ultrasounds, options counseling and peer support, information on birth control and abortion, sexual health education, post abortion support, and parenting education.
Just this month, NLC added testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). The Clinic is open to clients Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and all services are free and confidential.