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.

Motivational Speaker to Present Substance Abuse Prevention Message

“There and Back” is the chilling story of two-time all-county and collegiate football and lacrosse star Ken Bartolo and his addiction with alcohol and marijuana. While starring in both sports at Jamesville-Dewitt High School, his addiction began costing him scholarship offers. Bartolo shares his story of 27 years of substance abuse, three years in state prison and his recovery. The presentation is an honest look at the violence and insanity in the world of addiction and how it can destroy the lives of the most promising youth.

Earlier in the day, Herkimer College will host a separate session with Bartolo for several local high schools.

Bartolo established There and Back, Inc. and is dedicated to reducing drug and alcohol abuse among students from elementary school to college with an emphasis on student athletes. For more information visit

The departments of Admissions, Athletics, Counseling and The Center for Student Leadership and Involvement are sponsoring the events.

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