Fifteen youth from the Grand Prairie Boys & Girls were chosen to spend $250 at Dick’s Sporting Goods on whatever they wanted.
Player Demarcus Lawrence spearheaded the event in a partnership with the store’s Cedar Hill location.
“Just to come back after having a tough loss last night and to still be able to put life into perspective and be able to understand what life is truly about,” said Lawrence.
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Players from the Cowboys Defense, also known as the self-proclaimed “Hotboyz”, paired up with an individual child while they browsed the store.
9-year-old Yeira Arellano says she never expected this just two days before Christmas. That this was not just a chance to shop with a professional athlete. It meant so much more to her.
“This means a lot to me for Christmas because I just want my family to be happy this Christmas,” she said.
Lawrence says this is what it truly means to be a dedicated player both on and off the field.
“Being able to help spread this holiday cheer is also a teachable lesson to them and letting them know how truly remarkable it is and how you can touch somebody’s spirit by spreading a little holiday cheer.”