Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman promised a Virginia high school junior that if she made the honor roll, the NFL star would personally fund her college tuition.
This year, Hershai James (that student) graduated from Varnia High School with a 3.0 GPA. So, Sberman kept his promise and surprised the high school senior during last weekend’s annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner in Richmond, VA.
“At the dinner when Richard Sherman came to me about the scholarship, I was in shock. I just felt so blessed to have been given the wonderful opportunity.” – Hershai James
Hersai James plans to attend Norfolk State University and study business.
The Excel to Excellence Foundation was founded by Shermans former teammate, Michael Robinson in 2010. The organization’s mission is to better the lives of children through various programming efforts including a youth football camp and other academic programs.
“It goes back to knowledge is power and if you have the knowledge you’re going to be as powerful as you ever want to be. Nobody stops anybody from reading and educating themselves. Mike is only trying to empower these kids to be everything that they can be and if we can help with that with our presence, with our (autographed) jerseys (for an auction), with our words, we’ll do everything we can.” – Richard Sherman via www.richmond.com
Sherman’s contributions included mentoring high school students, donating to families in need, and helping students in low-income communities. Sherman won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Awards for his “significant positive impact” on his community.
Good work Richard Sherman!