Take a Kid to the Game Day - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/9/02

Take a Kid to the Game Day

More than 1,000 LISD elementary students were in for a real treat on Saturday.

"It's gonna be exciting," says eight year-old, Tia.

Tech students and future Red Raiders teamed up for the 10th Annual Take a Kid to the Game Day to cheer on the Red Raiders.

"It's a fun time because students like going to the Tech game, so why not take kids," says Tech student, Theresa Gerst.

"It's good for the kids because we might not get to come out to a game, and they get school spirit and see college students," says Lakesha Raynor of New Direction of Community Fellowship.

"It got started because we really wanted to get involved with the youth from the area. Texas Tech wanted to make sure that this is a D-I university, and we wanted the kids from this area to start coming to their D-I university instead of U.T. or Texas A&M," says Alan Berger with the Take a Kid to the Game program.

And taking kids to football games means lots of cheering and all the hot dogs you can eat, but that's only a small part of winning the hearts of future Red Raiders.

"I'm gonna go to college at Tech," says 11 year-old Fredrick.

"I'm a real big Red Raider fan, and I believe I want to come here for college," says Quincy, an Estacado High School student.

"I'm pretty excited because I want to come to Tech a lot of years from now," says 11 year-old Brylon Bradford.

Supporting the Red Raiders and having fun is a top priority but for some kids, Saturday was about learning the game of football.

"I want to learn how to be a cornerback because I'm real short and people think that I can't run or jump, but I really can and I like intercepting the ball," says Brylon.

The chance to see the Red Raiders play may not come often, but for these kids, the dream of becoming a Red Raider never fades.

"I'm gonna be ready, and I'm not gonna quit. I'm just hoping. That's all I pray, and I just hope," says Brylon, on his dreams of becoming a Red Raider football player.

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