Mar 9, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT
I’ll admit it: It’s always been one of my greatest ambitions to blow up Texas Stadium. But that has more to do with me being a 49ers fan than anything else. One Texas kid, however, had a much more altruistic agenda in mind when he expressed his desire to do the same thing. Casey Rogers, 11, recently won an essay contest sponsored by Kraft Foods for kids who have made a difference in their communities. His prize: triggering the April 11 implosion that demolishes the former home of the Cowboys.
“Oh man, I’m just excited,” the Terrell sixth-grader said. “Real excited.”
I hope that Casey doesn’t become mad with power. This type of thing could result in him becoming a super villain, or to one day own the Raiders.
Of course there’s more to this than reducing a Texas landmark to rubble. Casey’s story is so inspiring and full of win that I say he should be allowed to blow up anything he wants.
From the Dallas Morning News:
That difference started more than three years ago when Casey and his dad, Russell Rogers, were at a Burger King in downtown Dallas. A homeless man approached Russell Rogers, who shooed him away. Casey asked why, and his dad told him the man wanted money but probably wouldn’t spend it on the right things.
That struck a chord with Casey, who was a foster child when he first went to live with Russell and Shelly Rogers a few weeks after he was born. The couple adopted him when he was 1.
“I was just like, look how great y’all helped me,” Casey said. “Why don’t I help them?”
He founded the charity Casey’s Heart and has been helping downtown’s homeless ever since. The charity is a ministry of Trinity Life Baptist Church of Garland, where Russell Rogers is senior pastor.
Churchgoers, neighbors and even Casey’s Boy Scout troop have helped collect, organize and distribute for Casey’s Heart. Casey always shows up to the same parking lot in downtown. Sometimes he visits once a month, sometimes twice. It all depends on how many donations he’s received.
Casey, just promise me that you won’t become a coach for the Cowboys. Anyone with this much brains is someone to be feared in the NFC.
You can learn more about Casey’s story here, and over at his Facebook page.
Kid Wins Essay Contest, Now Gets To Blow Up Texas Stadium [Sportress of Blogitude]
Terrell boy’s essay wins him the honor of triggering Texas Stadium implosion [Dallas Morning News]
6th Grade Philanthropist to Trigger Stadium Implosion [NBC Dallas-Fort Worth]
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