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Legendary football coach and local philanthropist Gene Stallings will give a motivational talk to varsity athletes of the Red River Valley.

Stallings’ speech comes a year after he introduced long-time Channel 8 news anchor Dale Hansen for the same type of speech last year at First Christian Church.

Stallings will speak at 6:30 p.m. tonight at First Christian Church, at 780 NE 20th Street in Paris.

Each athlete will receive two bracelets, one that says, “Be Kind” and another that says, “Make A Difference.”

All schools in the coverage area are encouraged to attend and listen to the motivational speech.

Geoff Heppes is sports editor for The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6967 or at

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