Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is making a promise that he a year ago to send a Virginia high school student to the university if they made honor roll during her final year.
“I was in shock. I believe I said, “Really?” for security,” Varina senior Hershai James told the Richmond Times.
The Times reports that Sherman and James first met last year at a celebrity waiter dinner and football camp to benefit Excel to Excellence Foundation, a foundation Sherman supports each year with Seattle teammate and friend Michael Robinson.
It was Sherman challenged James to improve its qualities. The incentive: a scholarship.
“I felt so blessed to have been given the wonderful opportunity,” said James.
Last weekend, the two met each other at the event where Sherman gladly honored the promise.
“It goes back to knowledge is power, and if you have knowledge you are going to be as powerful if you ever want to be,” Sherman told the newspaper. “No one stops anyone from reading and educating themselves. Mike is only trying to empower these kids to be all that they can, and if we can help with our presence, with our (signed) sweaters (for an auction), with our words, we will do everything we can.”
James diploma from Varina high School and plans to study business at Norfolk State University this fall.
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