On December 2, cornerback Kiwuakee Thomas took time out to speak to a group of students at Destiny Educational Academy of Excellence, located on Jacksonville's Westside. The students at the school, which is in much need of support, heard an inspiring and encouraging message about the importance of reading and maintaining good behavior in school.
A native of Perry, Georgia, Kiwaukee spoke to the students about the ultimate importance of literacy and knowing how to read, and that it not only applies to school work, but to everyday life.
"How many of you have seen the size of a phone book?" Kiwaukee asked the eager group. "My playbook is about that size. It's important for me to know how to read and to keep up with my plays. Every week we get several new plays to add into our books…reading is vital in all areas of life," he added.
Kiwaukee also spoke to the students about paying attention to how one should carry oneself. He told them there are always consequences, and that their demeanor is a reflection on them, their parents and teachers.
"It's good to stay focused and respect your teachers. It's important how you represent yourself. You never know how your actions may help or hurt you in the future," Kiwaukee advised. "Keeping the right attitude and good behavior will help you go a long way in life."