WATCH: FAMU HC Willie Simmons, wide receiver Chad Hunter, tight end Kamari Young and quarterback RaSean McKay speak at the We Believe in YOUth rally. Tallahassee Democrat
2020年欧冠赛程表Florida A&M football coach Willie Simmons was the face for the agenda. However, he is quick to say the message is bigger than any game or scheme in a playbook.
Simmons was joined by 200 residents in Leon County Saturday for the Peace Up, Guns Down We Believe in YOUth event at the Walker-Ford Community Center. The outing was complete with dancing, music, poetry readings and speeches from a host of officials.
2020年欧冠赛程表"It's a good turnout," Simmons said. "I'm impressed by the performers. We have a lot of talented kids in the community. To see them up close dancing and singing is inspiring. I'm so thankful for all those who came together to make this thing possible. Hopefully, this is something that can grow and be a citywide takeover."
There were booths set up from organizations such as Moms Demand Action, Adult Community Education, Bond Community Health Center, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement, Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff's Office, DJ Dap's Loreen Matthews Foundation and Giving Hope Again.
"This is an awesome event. I appreciate coach Simmons and the community coming out here," said Ricardo Lewis of Giving Hope Again who helped spearhead this event. "Everybody is smiling and having fun. This is what community is about. I just pray we can continue to push this."
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Kids were entertained and fed with food for their body and brain. Informative topics were discussed about alternative solutions to violence and the importance of education.
2020年欧冠赛程表 There was an element of sports in the building.
Lincoln High School football head coach Quinn Gray was among the attendees. FAMU quarterback RaSean McKay, tight end Kamari Young and wide receiver Chad Hunter also showed their support. McKay and Young graduated from Godby High School. Hunter is an alum of Rickards High School.
2020年欧冠赛程表"It feels good to give back. I feel like I'm having fun with my niece and nephew," McKay said. "Talking to kids feels good. Them seeing us in our jerseys could make them more successful in life."
WATCH: Mayor Pro Tem and FAMU alum Dianne Williams-Cox recaps the events of the We Believe in YOUth rally at the Walker-Ford Community Center. Tallahassee Democrat
Among the local politicians lending their support to this outing was Tallahassee Mayor Pro Tem Dianne Williams-Cox. She worked closely with Simmons and Lewis on the behind-the-scenes details for the event.
"We already knew our community could do this. To see it play out is just pleasing," Williams-Cox said. "From the inception working with coach Simmons and Ricardo Lewis to see this come to fruition is a beautiful thing."
2020年欧冠赛程表The We Believe in YOUth rally was for the children. Each youngster left the outing feeling inspired. They're eager to spread a message of hope to their peers.
"I had a lot of fun. I learned we should stop the violence and be peaceful with each other," said Dehja Barrett, 12, of Cobb Middle School. "We should be nice to people. If someone's in trouble, we should help them and not be mean to them."
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