June 18, 2008
Auburn, Ala. -
Auburn cornerback Walter McFadden and defensive end Raven Gray were the guest speakers at the BRIDGES Summer School Program at Drake Middle School Tuesday. The 40 children, ages 10-14, had the opportunity to ask the football players questions ranging from "What's your most embarrassing moment", to "Show us your touchdown dance".
McFadden and Gray also told the children about their goals for life after football and encouraged the kids to study hard in school so they can pursue whatever career they'd like. McFadden told the children that if they have an interest in pursuing an athletic scholarship, that they need to be dedicated not only to their sport, but to their school work. He said that his day usually starts when he wakes up at 4:45 a.m., and that he has workouts, classes and study hours each day. He ended by telling the children that his favorite Auburn tradition is Tiger Walk.
Gray, who just transferred to Auburn from a junior college in Mississippi, said that he is really looking forward to his first game as an Auburn Tiger. The players took pictures and signed autographs for the children at the conclusion of the question and answer session, then gave each student an Auburn Pride Sportsmanship bracelet for listening so attentively.