‘A message of hope’

Published 10:19 pm Friday, January 27, 2012

Former University of Alabama stand out football player Siran Stacy will be the keynote speaker at the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce’s 66th annual chamber banquet on February 9.

Atmore will be in the presence of a former 2nd-team All-American on Feb. 9 when guests gather at the 66th annual Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce banquet at The Club.

Former University of Alabama running back Siran Stacy will take the stage and address the crowd with an inspirational message.

Stacy, a native of Geneva, played for the Alabama Crimson Tide from 1989-91 and earned All-SEC and All-American honors during his time with the team. He finished his career at Alabama with 2,113 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also had 62 receptions for 574 yards for one touchdown. Following his collegiate career, Stacy was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 48th pick of the NFL Draft.

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Stacy’s message comes from an event that changed the direction of his life. On Nov. 19, 2007, Stacy and his family — including his wife and five children — were involved in an accident with a drunk driver. Stacy and his daughter, Shelly, were the only survivors.

After that life-changing event, Stacy began sharing a message with chruches and organizations.

The message is one that involves hope, said Sheryl Vickery, Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce executive director.

“He will bring a message of hope,” she said. “No matter how difficult life can be, there is always hope. I believe that’s what he will bring to the banquet this year.”

Aside from Stacy’s visit and message, the meeting will be a chance for the Atmore community to look back on the past year as well as to look towards this year and the future.

With the event just two weeks away, the chamber is working to get the event in order for those who attend.

Things have been prepared smoothly with excitement about Stacy’s visit creating a buzz, Vickery said.

“Planning has gone well,” she said. “We have everything lined up, but we are still out there selling tickets. We are excited about Siran Stacy visiting this year and we want to welcome him with a full house.”