Vikings visit Larson
September 10, 2013By Sam Thomas of Lamar High School - Arlington
Last Friday night the Lamar Vikings won their first game of the season at Irving Nimitz. That morning, a group of Viking football players visited a fifth grade science class at Larson Elementary.
The group of players took time during their morning football class period, usually reserved for a workout, to read with the young students and talk with them about growing up.
“I think the kids liked when we read to them,” said senior wide receiver Jaries King. “But they seemed more interested in talking about football.”
Each player talked with a group of five or six children for about 45 minutes.
“We talked about going to high school and playing football for Lamar,” said senior kicker Ryan Jacobs. “They also wanted to know what it’s like being a 17- or 18-year old, and being able to drive.”
The fifth-graders also had opinions on what the Vikings should do on the football field.
“One kid said I should do a salsa dance celebration like Victor Cruz,” said King. King had the opportunity to use the New York Giants wide receiver’s celebration on Friday night after he caught a 46-yard touchdown pass, but did not want to draw any unnecessary attention.
Coach Fuller and the Vikings intend to continue to visit schools that feed into Lamar as part of their Friday routine.