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NFL Player, Astronaut, Author Leland Melvin Speaking at STAB on March 20

Charlottesville, Va., March 16, 2018 – On March 20, St. Anne's-Belfield School will host more than 2,500 third, fourth, and fifth grade students from area public and private schools to hear Leland Melvin speak as part of the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book.


A former Detroit Lions wide receiver, Melvin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Richmond and Master of Science degree in materials science engineering from the University of Virginia. His studies led to working at the NASA Langley Research Center and orbiting the planet as an astronaut, allowing him to become the only person in history to catch a pass in the NFL and in space.


Following two flights as a mission specialist for the shuttle Atlantis and working on the International Space Station, Melvin, who is originally from Lynchburg, Va. and a graduate of Heritage High School, went on to write songs with, work with Serena Williams, and star on television shows including The Dog Whisperer, Top Chef, and Child Genius. In 2017, he detailed his amazing path in the memoir Chasing Space.


"We are thrilled to have another opportunity to welcome area students to a Festival of the Book event," said St. Anne's-Belfield School librarian Sarah FitzHenry.


"This year's author, Leland Melvin, has an exceptional story. From being drafted to play professional football to his work on the International Space Station, and then collaborations and appearances in popular media, something about his life will surely be of interest to each child in the audience, and hopefully motivate each to explore the memoir genre as well."

LOCATION: Conway Convocation Center, 799 Faulconer Drive 

DATE: Tuesday, March 20

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

Coverage of this event is encouraged. Please coordinate with Beth Stefanik, contact details above, by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19.



St. Anne's-Belfield School is a co-educational preschool through grade 12 day school of more than 940 students and 150 faculty and staff, with a boarding program in grades nine through twelve. Nineteen countries are represented in the student body, with 41 percent of students receiving financial aid. More information may be found at

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