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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Left an Impression That Will Last a Lifetime

Earlier this month The Lott IMPACT Trophy and Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation granted an amazing group of individuals the opportunity to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio via the Legacy Leadership Project (LLP). The mission of the Legacy Leadership Project is to provide memorable experiences and support which empower the student athletes to make positive life choices on and off the field. The Legacy Leadership Project along with several other youth initiatives are jointly sponsored and funded by the Lott IMPACT Trophy and Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.

This year’s visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame resonated with everyone involved. Words cannot describe the positive IMPACT that this year’s visit made on the student-athletes and coaches in our program and I’m proud to say that I believe that our attendees’ lives will never be the same after their visit.

Below are a few quotes from Julian, Ronnie, Coach Bargas and Coach Maceranka about their recent experience:

“Today was an amazing day. It feels like a dream and thankfully I’m living it!… You see people you have only heard about and when you get to see them it’s like a dream… I got the privilege to eat with Anthony Muñoz who is an amazing person… All the hall of famers were so kind and funny, they all have great personalities… Also I learned people skills, how to approach someone and interact with them in a calm environment.”

– Julian Mendoza, Segerstrom High School

“Having the local news station interview me was the best feeling ever. I felt famous and I felt more open. Most importantly giving back to the community was possibly my highlight of the day. Today I got to go visit people at the hospital with Mike Haynes, and oh boy their smile was just glamorous. I saw how just by giving back to your community can impact others a lot. Today was a great success and I’m definitely looking forward for the next two days.”

– Ronnie Urquiza, Estancia High School

“I can honestly say this was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I watched Julian and Ronnie grow as young men over such a short period of time. The love and care the people of Canton, the volunteers, the Hall of Fame, and Hall of Famers and their families showed us was unfathomable. It was not about football, it was a celebration of a city, a place and lives that football has brought together to make everyone better people. Julian and Ronnie will be forever changed for the better and will never forget how kind and down to earth these bigger than life people really are.”

– Mike Maceranka, Coach of Segerstrom High School

As the season gets underway, look for updates on our current and past LLP student-athletes. Want to make sure your school is considered for the 2015 LLP mentoring experience of a lifetime? Register your school program here.

All the best in life and sports,

Casey Cooper, Ph.D.

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