Parents Making a Difference

By Kirby Gibbs

Reggie Whitten is a successful Oklahoma attorney and founder of FATE.  FATE was created to honor the memory of Reggie’s son Brandon, an “all-American” kid and football player who became addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol.  Brandon died at age 25 in a motorcycle accident triggered by substance abuse.  Whitten travels around the state on behalf of FATE speaking to groups about the hazards of drug and alcohol abuse – telling and re-telling the story of his son’s too-short life and untimely death.  Reggie has continued on from his shattering loss of his son to start several other non-profit organizations through the Whitten Newman Foundation.  Reggie has been recognized on Treatment Talk as a parent making a difference.  To read the article, please click here: .

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Chamberlain Award winners receive their trophies!

By Kira Roberts

On July 11th at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, The Jim Thorpe Association and
other groups honored high school student athletes. Among them, FATE
honored this year’s winners of the Chris Chamberlain Challenge Award:
 Clay Mattox of Yukon and Angela Clifton & Caitlyn Biggers of
Bethany.  The Chamberlain award goes to the male and female high school
athletes who do the most to live a substance free life themselves but
also speak out and promote substance free living on their teams and in
their schools.  The winners received the Chamberlain trophy, an
autographed Chamberlain football and $1500 in scholarship money from
FATE and Oklahoma High School Sports Express.

This is one of our greatest opportunities here at FATE to encourage high school athletes to educate themselves about the dangers of substance abuse and to motivate them to make a difference in their school. Can't wait for next year's challenge!!

Watch the VIDEO
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Minute Motivators for Athletes

By Kira Roberts

Congratulations to Stan Toler and Billy Bajema on their inspiring book, Minute Motivators for Athletes.
Get several to read and give as gifts. You can also see Billy's video
for FATE on

The concept of the series is to offer short
essays that provide inspirational reading for the targeted audience,
Toler said. In addition to the essays, the book includes motivational
quotes from a variety of sports stars and coaches like Larry Bird, Vince Lombardi, Jesse Owens, Nolan Ryan, Steve Prefontaine and Jack Nicklaus.

Read more HERE

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