A Helping Hand

DAVIE, Florida –  Growing up in Houston, Texas, Michael Thomas spent a lot of time thinking about the future. And like many of those his age, and in his neighborhood, he dreamed of one day playing in the National Football League.

But unlike most others, he had a unique ulterior motive. “I always watched football and sports on ESPN when I was growing up, and I would always see those PLAY 60 commercials,” Thomas recalled, of the NFL’s campaign that encourages children to be active for 60 minutes a day. “I remember saying, ‘man, I would love for an NFL player to come to my school to speak, and play at recess with us.’ Or I’d see them reading books to kids in the library, and I’d say, ‘man, if I ever made it, I’d give kids that same opportunity. That I’d give back to them.’ It’s just something I’ve always wanted.”

To read the full article, pick up a copy of the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of ONYX.

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