DALLAS — United Way, along with Texas Instruments, took the classroom outside Monday for the students at Hamilton Park Elementary school for a hands on lesson in STEM education.
Cowboys legend Tony Dorsett was even on hand to help the kids out.
“My dad never had a chance to go to school a day in his life, but my dad was very adamant about his children getting a quality education,” the Hall of Fame running back said.
Helping kids get passionate to make advances in the sciences can be a personal one for Dorsett, who is dealing with the long-term effect of concussions.
“You know, I’m walking around, I’ve got CTE,” said Dorsett, “It’d be great if some of these young kids, some of these fifth-graders to go on with their education and help come up with some type of ways to make it a lot easier for people who are experiencing CTE or whatnot.”
The topic of safety in football is a renewed one with another community mourning the death of a high school football player, this time in Alto, Texas.
Cam’ron Matthews died of an aneurysm Friday night becoming the sixth high schooler to die this year while playing football.
So, while the question for parents and players becomes tougher to answer about whether they should play or not, Dorsett knows his answer, though.
“If I could do it all over again, I’d do it again,” he said.
Perhaps the best answer is with the kids here, blazing new scientific trails, finding a solution.