Michael Vick & Bill Cosby Visit NHPS!

 
 
By Abbe Smith, Register Staff


Bill Cosby VistsMichael Vick Speaks at James Hillhouse

 
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick reacts to this team's victory as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Philadelphia, Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. The Eagles won 27 -17. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NEW HAVEN — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, fresh off his shellacking of the New York Giants on Sunday, will speak to students at Hillhouse and Wilbur Cross high schools on Tuesday to talk about animal cruelty.

Meanwhile, less than a mile away from Hillhouse, comedian Bill Cosby will talk to students at King-Robinson International Baccalaureate School and then take a stroll through the Newhallville neighborhood.

Vick is making the rounds at schools across the country as part of his rehabilitation after serving 18 months in federal prison for running a dogfighting ring.

Coming off the bench to become one the biggest stories of this year's NFL season, Vick will also talk to the students about the importance of going to college.

On Sunday night, Vick threw for 258 yards and ran for a touchdown in leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 27-17 comeback victory over the New York Giants in Philadelphia.

Vick  is expected to touch on the New Haven Promise, the city’s newly launched scholarship program.

The Promise program offers a free college education to students who live in the city, graduate from New Haven public or charter schools, and maintain certain academic and attendance goals.

Yale University is funding the scholarship portion of the Promise program and the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven is covering administrative costs.

He will be joined by Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, on the visits to Hillhouse at 10:30 a.m. and Cross at noon.

The pair will talk to kids about the cruelty of dogfighting and other forms of animal exploitation and about the responsibilities associated with taking care of animals.

Pacelle is a native of New Haven and is a Yale graduate.

Vick’s dogfighting conviction caused him to topple from his stance at the top of the NFL but he has since regained his status as one of the NFL’s most popular quarterbacks.

Cosby, a friend of Southern Connecticut Southern University interim President Stanley Battle, will start his day at Southern, then go to the school. At about 12:30, he will begin his walk in the Newhallville neighborhood at Newhall and Read streets.

Cosby, who starred as Dr. Cliff Huxtable in "The Cosby Show," has given a number of talks in the last few years on school attendance and family values and has caused a stir for criticizing low-income blacks for what Cosby said was a lack of parental responsibility.
By Abbe Smith, Register Staff