Tuesdays are typically spent at home resting for most NFL players, but for Detroit Lions FB Jason Cabinda, it’s his day to make an impact in the community.
Cabinda, in partnership with Athletes for Charity, spent his Tuesday mentoring students at Old Redford High School in Detroit.
He spoke to students about the importance of giving their all every day in everything they do. He stressed the importance of education and always putting it first, regardless of your extracurriculars. And most importantly, he made these students feel heard and loved.
His lecture was interactive and ended with a Q & A where students could ask anything they would like. The questions ranged from asking about why he chose Penn State as his college, to how he liked it in Detroit.
Cabinda was honest with the students, letting them know the reality of the NFL and the work it takes to get there. He also talked about the stress of being a D1 student-athlete in college and explained what his day-to-day looked like.
The fullback drew students in, especially the football team. Star-struck they walked up to him asking for advice and about his career.
Cabinda clearly loved speaking with the high schoolers. His smile was contagious as he talked to them about his journey to the NFL. He had previously done Zoom calls with the students, but it was obvious that seeing him in person made a huge difference.
Maddy Miller – Detroit Lions Beat Reporter
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