The name Maddox means something in Nashville. This is the name etched in 12-inch letters at the Maddox Grand Atrium on Belmont University’s campus. That beautiful anteroom was named after Dan Maddox Sr. who was a pillar of the Nashville economy and who founded the philanthropic Maddox Foundation Trust in 1968.
Nashville’s present Dan Maddox, grandson to the aforementioned, is making his own mark on the city by bringing effective solutions to the drug problem in his home town. In this way, he is forwarding a family tradition of service to the community.
In February of 2011, Maddox took on the role of Director of the Foundation for a Drug-Free South (DFS) and launched a movement to propel the truth about drugs into the hands and minds of potential abusers. Now, six months into the game, he is blazing the trail for all to come and says, “I looked around … and realized that there are big problems facing my home town. I knew I had to do something.”
Maddox held and spoke at the fundraisers which cumulatively raised $17,000 for the drug-free campaign to forward its purpose. A good portion of that money went to a partnership forged with the Nashville Metros Soccer Club who are forwarding the drug-free message on their uniforms and with their 300+ member youth academy.
Maddox isn’t doing this for fame or glory, but says, “Someone great once said, ‘if not now, when? If not me, who?’ I take that to heart and intend to reach every man, woman and child in Tennessee and across the South with this message.”
The Foundation for a Drug-Free South is the local chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, an international education initiative which provides hundreds of thousands of educational booklets for youth and adults alike to learn the hazards of drugs. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is based in Los Angeles, CA and can be found online at drugfreeworld.org. It is sponsored in its drug education work by members of the Church of Scientology and private donors.