PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It is time for highschool proms and commencement when seniors transition to the following chapter of their lives.
Steeler Cam Heyward helps native younger males “Swimsuit Up for Success” in a brand new program his basis began. Cam was impressed by his personal dad, additionally a star skilled soccer participant, to provide fits to 30 highschool seniors.
“My dad had one swimsuit rising up all through highschool and faculty,” Heyward stated, “and his dream was all the time to supply a swimsuit to others so he might look good and play good and simply be ok with themselves. So that is what we’re doing right here right this moment.”
Youngsters from 10 native faculties every obtained a swimsuit tailor-made by Surmesur Customized Menswear, plus sneakers from Macy’s. Cam joined them for skilled images overlooking Pittsburgh, capped off with a dinner and presentation at Olive or Twist Restaurant downtown.
Heyward’s not precisely the man they see on the soccer subject. Keon Smalls, a senior at College Prep Milliones, stated, “I believed he was going to be slightly bit meaner, however he was cool, cool, glad enjoyable individual.”
Every of the younger males was chosen by steering counselors for his or her character, perseverance and willingness to assist others — not simply the grades and athletics that usually get rewarded.
Nasir Crownie, who’s about to graduate from Pittsburgh Obama Academy, stated, “It is good to go to high school and (excel) athletically, however it nonetheless issues, your character as an individual. So you continue to should have a superb character on the finish of the day.”
They obtained recommendation from a school junior who was of their sneakers not way back. Nason Williams, who’s ending his junior 12 months at Duquesne College, instructed them, “There’s going to be challenges. It is going to be tough. However actually, simply keep true to your self.”
Heyward instructed the younger males he’ll be following up on how they’re doing, and he needs them to be tomorrow’s leaders.
“I would like them to know that, ‘Hey, somebody believes in me, and so now, I imagine in any individual else.'”
That is the inaugural 12 months for “Swimsuit Up for Success” – Cam plans to make it an annual occasion.
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