Most teenagers probably weren't thrilled that the Seahawks competed in the NFL's Thursday night game instead of their usual Sunday spot last week. The kids at Foster High in Tukwila, Wash., were thrilled about the Thursday game.
There's a good reason the Foster student body was excited to see Seattle play during the school week: it freed star cornerback Richard Sherman to visit Foster High on Friday, where he organized a special pep rally for the school's most at-need students as part of his Richard Sherman Family Foundation.
"People see kids without a lot of opportunities, without a lot of resources and they say they don’t have a chance," Sherman told Foster students during the on-campus event. "You have to make your way. You have to find your way out."
As reported by Seattle network KING 5, Sherman provided roughly 120 pre-selected at-risk students with an opportunity to earn new school supplies and clothes. All they had to do for the new gear is meet the conditions of a contract provided by the Sherman Foundation.
The student-foundation pact requires just three simple commitments to receive the prescribed benefits; they must stay in school, improve their grades and 'be a good citizen'.
Follow those general guidelines, and the new Sherman Family Foundation pledges will receive all that the cornerback has promised them.
While the largest personal benefits will reach more Foster students over time, Sherman also provided an instant infusion of good fortune for the school's football team, donating new football cleats for the entire Foster football team. The NFL star and the school's coaching staff hope the new cleats will help lift the team back into playoff contention after a 2-5 start to the season.
It didn't take long for the cleats to inspire an improved level of confidence, with Foster knocking off Evergreen High (Seattle, Wash.) 25-19 while wearing new Nike kicks.
The latest Foster win only helps reinforce Sherman's message to teens that anything is possible when one sticks to the straight and narrow and commits to a larger plan for life.
"You have to give kids that motivation that anything is possible," Sherman told KING 5. "The sky is the limit regardless of where you come from, what’s happened in your life and what adversity has happened. You can achieve anything."