Magazine article Corrections Today

134th Congress of Correction: Chicago, Illinois * July 31-August 5, 2004

Magazine article Corrections Today

134th Congress of Correction: Chicago, Illinois * July 31-August 5, 2004

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Opening Session Keynote Speaker Monday, August 2, 2004 * 8:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

J.C. Watts, former U.S. Congressman and football hero, will be the keynote speaker at the American Correctional Association's 134th Congress of Correction Opening Session. This charismatic American icon will deliver a powerful, inspiring address to hundreds of attendees striving to reach their career goals.


Chicago, Illinois, "the Windy City," will serve as host to the American Correctional Association's 134th Congress of Correction, July 31-August 5, 2004, at the Navy Pier Chicago. So experience a treasure trove of fun activities and social gatherings that will leave you feeling exhilarated during this enlightening six-day event.

ACA's 134th Congress of Correction will also provide numerous activities, and theme-based social events in the Exhibit Hall that will allow attendees a chance to meet and interact in a friendly environment, while they search for the latest in products and services available that will aid them in their daily responsibilities and enhance their career.

Mr. Watts was born the fifth of six children to Buddy and Helen Watts on November 18, 1957 in Eufaula, Oklahoma. He graduated from Eufaula High School in 1976 and attended the University of Oklahoma until his graduation in 1981 with a B.A. in journalism. While at the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Watts was quarterback for the Sooners, leading them to two consecutive Big Eight Championships and Orange Bowl victories. He was voted the Most Valuable Player in the 1980 and 1981 Orange Bowl wins over Florida State. From 1981 to 1986, he started for Ottawa and Toronto in the Canadian Football League and was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Grey Cup, the CFL's Super Bowl, his rookie season. He was inducted into the Orange Ball Hall of Honor in 1992.

In 1990, Mr. Watts was elected to the Oklahoma State Corporation Commission and became chairman before running for Congress in 1994. He was first elected to represent the fourth district of Oklahoma in the United States House of Representatives in November 1994 with 52 percent of the votes. He won reelection in 1996 with 58 percent, in 1998 with 62 percent and again in 2000 with 65 percent of the vote.

Fellow congressmen quickly recognized the leadership qualities of Watts and elected him to serve as the chairman of the House Republican Conference, the fourth-highest position in the House, in 1998. He was reelected to this leadership position, after running unopposed in 2000.

Mr. Watts was commended for his efforts in Congress with numerous community awards, including the 1996 Junior Chamber of Commerce's Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award; the Jefferson Award for promoting economic prosperity and free enterprise; the Christian Coalition's Friend of the Family Award; the YMCA's Strong Kids, Strong Families, Strong Communities plaque; the 60 Plus Association's Guardian and Benjamin Franklin awards and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Spirit of Enterprise Award.

During the Opening Session, Mr. Watts will show attendees that no matter what their particular situation, they too can be a leader. Replete with anecdotes and personal stories, Mr. Watts' powerful message of self-determination and teamwork will take attendees to the next level of awareness.


Thank You The Geo Group, Inc. and Correctional Services Corporation for Bringing I.C. Watts to Chicago


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