Walter Payton Man of the Year
The night before the Super Bowl I was watching the NFL Honors program with my dad. As you know, we are both big football fans, and I wanted to see who was getting awards this year, especially Rookie of the Year.
But the award that I was really interested in was the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. I knew they gave it out every year but I hadn’t paid much attention to why an athlete received it.
This year there were three players who were up for the award ~ Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Quarterback, Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers Receiver, and Thomas Davis, Carolina Panthers Line Backer.
All 3 players seemed to make a huge difference with their charity work. Anquan Boldin has even given away $1 million dollars in scholarships to underprivileged kids.
But Thomas Davis, with this charity Davis Defending Dreams Foundation won the award due to the number of kids they help each year in all the programs they run, including a 14 week after school youth leadership academy for low income middle school students. He also gives 2 college scholarships to graduating High School students who came through the academy.
What got my attention the most was when Thomas Davis won the award and got emotional, putting out a challenge to all football players to Make A Difference in the lives of kids. “Be Part of the Change! Give the media something positive to talk about. We can do so much with the platform and the voice we have right now. It’s up to us to take advantage of it.”
I Love that. Great Job and Congratulations!
Written by Copper Dominguez
Cooper Dominguez™ is an outgoing, good looking, athletic boy who loves sports, his family and his friends. He plays football, basketball and baseball for his school, as well as on traveling teams. He is obsessed with sports statistics and has a photographic memory. He can recite players, teams and stats on almost any sports topic. He got his nickname “CD” early on and almost all his friends call him CD.
When he isn’t playing sports he enjoys cooking. He follows Chef Emeril and he flips around on the television between cooking shows on the Food Network and sporting events on ESPN. He has his own television in the den.
He has a lot of friends that he plays with on his sports teams, but he enjoys hanging out with the members of the club because he can be himself. Cooper also likes working with everyone on their adventures and finding ways to help others. He also “likes” Cross but he hasn’t worked up the courage tell her just yet.
Cooper lives with both of his parents and younger sister a just block away from Daisy. His father is an attorney and his mother is an accountant. His sister Kelly is 5 years old.