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Sports Journalist Stephen Smith to Speak on Sept. 16

Sports journalist Stephen Smith will present "Adversity: Keep Your Head in the Game" at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Cone University Center, McKnight Hall, as part of the Forty-niner Forum in partnership with the Campus Activities Board. Admission for the event is free for students, $5 for faculty/staff and $10 for the public.

In his talk, Smith will share his life experiences and use sports-as-life references to offer his perspective on how to keep "your head in the game and use adversity to your benefit."

Smith, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, began his journalism career as a high school sportswriter at the New York Daily News in the summer of 1993. After working as a general sports columnist with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Smith was hired by ESPN to become an analyst/insider on its basketball show "NBA Shootaround." He has appeared on "SportsCenter" and "ESPNews," and he had his own talk show, "Quite Frankly." He currently hosts a weeknight radio show for ESPN.

Venture Hiking and Adventure Trips Scheduled

Throughout this month, the Venture program is conducting a number of outdoor adventure trips open to the UNC Charlotte and greater communities. Participants can enjoy excursions that range from canoeing to hiking. Experience is not required, and instruction is provided to prepare for trip activities.

Venture trips are led by highly qualified staff members who not only recognize an exciting adventure but facilitate learning from the experience. "The outdoors is a perfect place to expand your comfort zone and grow as a person," said Brian Holcomb, assistant director for Venture trips. "We seek to provide opportunities to practice self-reliance, improve physical fitness, build community and develop skills that facilitate success in the backcountry and in life."

Click here to view a list of excursions planned for September.