A former national champion is bringing his story of redemption to Zanesville.
Maurice Clarett helped lead the Buckeyes to the national title in his freshman season in 2002, but he would later be dismissed from the school, face several arrests and even spend some time in prison.
"He's in the process of, in the last couple of years, having his whole life turned around," said Pastor John Alice of the Rolling Plains Church. "He's done that through getting himself involved in new and different relationships with people. He's discovered faith in his creator God and Jesus Christ, and some of those things are propelling him into kind of a new life and a new season of life. One of the things that he's focussing on right now is something called the Comeback Project."
The Comeback Project focusses on creatively educating urban and inner city kids. With his unique story and experiences, Alice invited Clarett to come speak at the Rolling Plains Church this Sunday to help bring his message of redemption to the community.
"To be able to have anybody and everyone who wants to hear this story and finds themselves in a rocky place or challenging place right now, to come and to be inspired and to hear his story of redemption," Alice said. "Because, really, all of us need to be redeemed."
Clarett will speak at three services at the church this Sunday at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00 a.m. He will then speak at the Maysville Athletic Complex at 6:00 p.m. You can hear Clarett for free at any of those times, and Alice says all are welcome.