popchips teams up with denver game changer eric deck to give back to mi casa neighborhood center
what does the anticipated breakout wide out of 2012, eric decker, do in denver on his day off? he pops by mi casa neighborhood center and changes the game for the youth in this community.
decker kicked off the day with an inspiring chat with mi casa youth, encouraging them to follow their dreams, work hard in school and be respectful of their friends. he then took the time to answer some of the kid’s burning questions. impressed by his speech, some of the kids wanted to know, “where did you go to college?” and, “did you get a scholarship?”
then it was mi casa’s turn to school eric on their specialty. four square. everyone got a chance to show decker what they were made of on the blacktop court and it’s safe to say eric walked away with some new skills himself.
our visit to mi casa was topped off with some old school field games (and lots of snacking, of course), including popchips potato sack races, tether ball and a good ol’ water balloon toss. espn even popped by and generously handed out 25 pairs of tickets to upcoming colorado sporting events. other mi casa youth won some eric decker autographed footballs and t-shirts too!
christine marquez-hudson, mi casa’s ceo/executive director adds, “eric’s visit to mi casa is a unique opportunity to meet a role model and learn from his success. i’m sure few of these kids will ever forget this experience.”
a bagful of thank you’s to all our partners for chipping in and making this day possible. including our pop notch retail partner walgreens and media partner’s espn and alice 105.9. proving that just because you are not on the field, doesn’t mean you can’t change the game. and of course our game changing athlete, eric decker, for making the day memorable, exciting, and inspiring.
mi casa resource center: mi casa offers high-quality afterschool and summer programs for low-income youth focused on academic success, leadership development, technology learning and career exploration to prepare kids for success in school and in life. mi casa serves 500 youth every year at lake middle school in northwest denver. though the school is just blocks away from mile high stadium, few of the children mi casa serves will ever have an opportunity to attend a game there.
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