Pat Tillman’s mom to speak at Cal State

HAYWARD — Mary Tillman, mother of Army Ranger Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, will speak Nov. 18 at Cal State East Bay.

She is co-author, with journalist Narda Zacchino, of “Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman,” published in 2008. Pat Tillman gave up his National Football League career to join the Army after the 9/11 attacks. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.

Her talk will focus on her family’s efforts to learn the truth about the cause of his death of the former Arizona Cardinal safety. The Army first said Tillman and his unit were attacked in an ambush and covered up the fact that he was killed by friendly fire. Mary Tillman’s talk will focus on her family’s continuing fight to learn the truth about what happened.

The program, sponsored by Cal State’s Center for Sport and Social Justice and the Department of Kinesiology, will be at 6:30 p.m. in Room 1203 of the Arts and Education building, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. Admission is free.