Pittsburgh Steeler LaMarr Woodley visited students at a local summer camp Tuesday to reinforce the importance of schooling.
Woodley talked to campers at Pittsburgh Public School’s Summer Dreamers Academy about staying focused and out of trouble in school.
“Don't allow anyone to tell you what you can't do, because you can do anything you want to do,” said Woodley. “I had to start paying attention in school. I had to start listening to my parents, start listening to my teachers at school. I did spend a lot of time in detention and I knew that without those things, everything would be taken away from me.”
After listening to Woodley, fifth-grader Tyler Montgomery said, “You have to get good grades to get an education and go to the NFL.”
“You have to be serious about it or else you're not going to be anything in life … just a clown,” said sixth-grader Damien Robinson.
Summer Dreamers Academy teaches kids reading and math skills, while providing activities that include fencing, biking and painting.
“When I come out and I'm playing with the kids, I'm just having a great time with them because they sometimes say, ‘Look at this big guy. He's serious,’” said Woodley. “I'm just trying to have fun as well.”