Students at College Gate Elementary School have something to be proud of: The school won a national video contest about staying fit and eating right and the prize was a visit from an NFL star.
The contest was partially sponsored by the NFL and the player who came to visit was none other than Malcolm Smith. The Seattle Seahawks linebacker was voted MVP at the 2014 Super Bowl.
Smith seemed to have a great time doing warm-ups with the kids and he didn’t hesitate to talk with the crowd. He also shared some advice for reaching goals, telling the students he’d wanted to play professional football since he was 6 years old.
“I wanted it so bad my whole life and I always imagined myself,” Smith said. “Even when I was 6, I couldn’t wait to get a helmet. I just believed in myself and I was able to have good support around me and it worked out. I got lucky.”
Smith was only in Alaska a few hours before he had to fly out, and it seems he spent every minute of it at the elementary school.
When told that the Seahawks had plenty of adult fans in Alaska, Smith seemed a little surprised.
College Gate students said goodbye to Smith Friday, but that’s not the end of their winnings. The school also received $15,000 in prize money for winning the national video contest. It plans to use that to buy new cross-country skis and snowshoes that the students can use in physical education class.