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6th-Grade Philanthropist to Trigger Stadium Implosion

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    11-year-old Casey Rogers from Terrell won an essay contest and will get to push the button and implode Texas Stadium in Irving. (Published Thursday, Apr 8, 2010)

    An 11-year-old sixth-grader from Terrell has been tagged by Kraft Foods to live the dream of any aspiring demolitionist by throwing the switch that will result in the implosion of Texas Stadium.

    Casey Rogers, a former foster child and, at 11, a remarkable philanthropist, has been announced as the winner of the Kraft Foods' Project Cheddar Explosion essay contest for children who are making a positive difference in their community, according to the Dallas Morning News. In this respect, it's no wonder Casey won the honor.

    Bringing Down Texas Stadium

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    11-year-old Casey Rogers from Terrell won an essay contest and will get to push the button and implode Texas Stadium in Irving. (Published Thursday, Apr 8, 2010)

    After encountering a homeless man in a parking lot in downtown Dallas three years ago, Casey founded Casey's Heart, a charity aimed at giving aid to the area's homeless. The foundation is a ministry of Trinity Life Baptist Church in Garland, where Casey's father Russell is a senior minister.

    Since founding the charity, Casey has taken donations from parishioners, neighbors and fellow Boy Scouts. He makes regular trips to the downtown Dallas parking lot where the idea was sparked three years ago to distribute the donations. It was through his involvement with the charity that Casey was alerted to the Kraft contest, by a Casey's Heart donor.

    Aside from his philanthropic efforts, Casey is a Dallas Cowboys fan -- and, beyond that, a fan with a sense of history. He recalls standing under the iconic hole in the roof of the stadium as a 6-year-old.

    "I was like, 'I'm standing where Roger Staubach was,'" he said.