“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”
2007 Lott IMPACT Trophy Winner Glenn Dorsey Plays Santa at Annual ‘Shop with a Jock’ Event
- Updated: January 1, 2017
Fifty kids from the East Silicon Valley YMCA waited anxiously in the employee break room of a local Walmart. The ages in the group ranged from first grade to junior high. As they finished their Chick-Fil-A dinner, in walked the gregarious Glenn Dorsey.
Each kid cheered the San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman as he entered the room. Dorsey was, after all, the driving force behind the Tuesday night gathering. Fellow 49ers DeForest Buckner, Quinton Dial, Chris Jones, Mike Purcell, Tony Jerod-Eddie and Ronald Blair were also on hand for Dorsey’s second annual “Shop with a Jock” event.
Dorsey equipped every kid with a $100 gift card as they split off into small groups and dispersed throughout the store.
“Christmas is such an important time for kids,” Dorsey said. “I’ll never forget my excitement around the holidays when I was growing up. I want to be able to provide that same feeling for kids who may not have that opportunity otherwise.”
But it wasn’t just about the underprivileged youth in attendance, but the parents at home who got some well-deserved relief during the holiday season.
“There’s so much pressure on parents to buy gifts for their kids and create that special Christmas morning,” Dorsey said. “The fact is that plenty of parents don’t have the means or resources to accomplish that. My goal is for this event to take some of that pressure off of these families.”
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