New York Jets Star Santonio Holmes Visits Children's Aid Center
It is not every day that inner city kids get to meet someone they see on T.V. or on the gridiron at the New Meadowlands Stadium. On Wednesday, March 9th, Santonio Holmes, wide receiver for the New York Jets, visited The Children’s Aid Society’s Frederick Douglass Center and talked to a lucky group of approximately 25 kids from the Bridge Middle School Program. Holmes and his close friend Cerge Sincere wanted to share their passion for working with youth through their new venture called 2DREAM, Inc. Santonio and Cerge described the core values of their mission and shared their own stories of personal struggle. They wanted the young ears listening to know that the recipe for success is not only about having a dream, but also requires Discipline, Responsibility, Education, the right Attitude and Motivation.
The center's youth were asked to share their own stories of facing adversity and to talk about what or who motivates them. Many cited family members. Mrs. Johnita Adams-Raspberry, Frederick Douglass Center’s Assistant Director said that she draws motivation from the kids who attend the center and for whom she works so hard on a daily basis. Mrs. Adams-Rasberry went on to say, “It was a great pleasure to have Santonio Holmes visit the Bridge Middle School Program. On behalf of the Frederick Douglass Center we appreciate the time Mr. Holmes spent with the children and we want to say Thank You!”