Seattle Seahawk running back and NFL most valuable player Shaun Alexander will make guest appearances in Eastern Washington following the 2006-07 football season.
Among the list of possible candidates, based on appearance requests to date, is Central Washington University in Ellensburg.
"We've received a number of requests for Central and Eastern Washington," confirmed Billy Janssen, Executive Assistant for the Shaun Alexander Foundation.
Janssen said the requests include CWU and a couple from Spokane. Alexander's appearance schedule has not been set for 2007, but Janssen indicated that Alexander is "planning on doing something big" in the Central or Eastern part of the state next year.
Alexander's staff typically tries to arrange with different groups in one area to pull together for one large speaking engagement.
"We want to draw as many people as possible," said Janssen. "Shaun wants to make sure that he's available to the public."
There were plans for Alexander to visit Moses Lake in April of this year, but those were put on hold due to unforeseen circumstances, said Janssen.
A native of Kentucky and a former University of Alabama football player, Alexander spends the off-season visiting portions of those states, as well as Washington, Janssen explained.
The message is the same wherever Alexander makes an appearance.
"Shaun is a man of character and faith, and there are a lot of Christian organizations that want to hear him speak," said Janssen, who attended CWU.
The main points Alexander hits in each speech are setting high goals, honoring God and having fun, Janssen noted. "Most of his speaking engagements are about character and wise decision making," he said.
Because of the spiritual nature of Alexander's speeches, Janssen said the CWU and Spokane requests, for example, likely came from Christian ministry organizations.
Alexander's top priority is mentoring young men, said Janssen. "He shares how he has made his decisions based on his relationship with God."
Janssen said he and Alexander will start sorting through speaking invitations some time in August, just before the NFL season begins.
Alexander's itinerary for 2007 will take shape by the end of this year, said Janssen.
And there is still time to relay Central and Eastern Washington appearance requests to Alexander through his website, shaunalexander.org.
The site will be re-designed this summer, said Jansen, and the 2007 speaking schedule will be posted when it is confirmed.