Having one NFL hero show up to spend the day with the students probably would have been life changing. But there were nearly a dozen professional athletes, including NFL Legends Eddie Mason, Takeo Spikes, Donnie Edwards, Bobby Taylor, Aeneas Williams, Usama Young, and TJ Houshmandzadeh. There were even more volunteers there to help with the festivities, myself included. We all had the same goal: show these children that anything is possible in life – lift them up so they can be their best selves, no matter their current circumstances.
Together, we did that through sports activities, donations of school supplies, preventative health screenings, and inspiring conversation.