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A former professional lacrosse player and college football and lacrosse standout who struggled with alcohol and substance abuse. He is now a motivational speaker who talks to high school athletes about the dangers of substance abuse.

Former lacrosse player gives motivational, anti-drug message to students

By STEVE VIRKLER

BEAVER FALLS — A former professional lacrosse player on Thursday told students at three Lewis County schools to avoid drugs, help others and make sure they love themselves.

“The most important relationship you’re ever going to have is with yourself,” Ken Bartolo — found of There and Back Inc. — said during a presentation at Beaver River Central School.

Mr. Bartolo, who also held student assemblies at South Lewis and Lowville schools and an evening community forum at South Lewis, was a two-time all-county athlete in both football and lacrosse at Jamesville-DeWitt High School in Syracuse.

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