December 28, 2017
Marlin Jackson Hosts Kids From His Hometown Every December
- Building Community
Source: colts.com | Re-Post Fight For Life 12/28/2017 –
Former Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson grew up in Sharon, Pennsylvania. It was a childhood overshadowed by drugs, violence, and neglect.
He sought out the adult influence he was lacking at home and used his athletic ability to clear a path for himself out of the projects and into college. When he made it to the NFL, he went back for the kids left behind. And he’s been doing it ever since.
On Thursday, December 14th before the Colts played the Denver Broncos, Jackson walked onto the field at Lucas Oil Stadium with 44 sixth graders from Musser Elementary, the same school he attended growing up. The kids looked around taking in the sights and sounds of game-day. For many of them, it was their first trip outside of Pennsylvania.
“The goal of the trip and the objective is to expand their view of the world because it’s been limited to what they see on a day-to-day basis in the neighborhood in which we come from – drugs and violence, depleted neighborhoods, broken down buildings – and exposing them to professionals,” Jackson says. “And that’s what we do on the trip from the very beginning.”
It’s something he’s been doing since his second year in the league.
“It started off when I was playing, they came to watch me play and we went to dinner and then they went back.”