On June 25, the youth in Mi Casa’s summer camp welcomed Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker for a visit and a lesson in competitive four square!
As part of the Popchips Game Changers program, Mi Casa competed with many other worthy charities in Denver for the opportunity to have Eric come and visit. The five organizations with the most votes were then presented to Eric, and guess what? He chose Mi Casa!
Eric started the morning by talking to the kids about the importance of positive decision making and setting goals. Then he took questions. Though he was asked three times if he preferred playing with Tim Tebow or Peyton Manning, Eric skillfully dodged the question!
“Every choice you make, even in middle school, has a consequence,” Eric told the kids. “If you’re going to do something, do it to the best of your ability, and think about what you do before you do it.”
Through their questions, the kids got to know more about Eric as a person: his first job was a paperboy; he earned a 3.9 GPA in high school; he played both football and baseball at the University of Minnesota; and he earned a degree in business and marketing.
“Football only lasts so long, so going to college and getting your degree is really important to have a career and provide for your family,” Eric said. “Make sure you stay involved in school and afterschool programs like Mi Casa because you are learning things that will help you in your career and in your life.”
Then it was time to hit the black top for some four square action.
Sergio, Mi Casa’s 8th Grade Student of the Year, explained the rules to Eric and then it was game on.
Each Mi Casa student had an opportunity to play a round of four square with Eric before gathering for a group picture. Then Eric signed a few autographs before he set off for his next engagement.
“There will always be people who doubt you, people who don’t believe in you, but all that matters is that you believe in yourself,” Eric told the kids. “Don’t let anyone cut you down from the dreams you want to live.”
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