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Hillside Grad Returns to School to Motivate Students

Hillside High School graduate LaVaedeay "Vad" Lee, former star quarterback, is now an award-winning author, sports chaplain and motivational speaker. He attended Hillside High School and stood out on the football field as both a player and the team leader playing the quarterback position. He led the Hillside Hornets to a 16-0 record and the 2010 4A State Football Championship and was named the 2010 4A State Football Championship Game Most Valuable Player.


After graduating from Hillside in 2011, Lee committed to Georgia Tech University to play football, but later transferred to James Madison University. At James Madison, he was twice named an All-American and was a recipient of the Dudley Award, recognizing the top college football player in the state of Virginia. He is the only player in college football history to rush and pass for over 275 yards in the same game.


The record setting quarterback now travels the country speaking and mentoring athletes with his Purpose Over Position non-profit organization, Vad Speaks LLC, which aims to provide chaplaincy, inspirational messaging, and contribute to brain health studies for athletes. Vad is also an author (“Purpose Over Position” and “That’s My Friend”) and an Ordained Deacon at his church.  He has worked with many university athletic programs and professional sports franchises as a Character Coach that provides support and motivation to athletes with difficult experiences both in and out of sports.