Corona students meet NFL players, play their own Super Bowl – Press Enterprise

Cesar Chavez Academy in Corona had two big surprises for seventh and eighth grade athletes.

At a gathering on Thursday, March 3, two NFL players — Tyler Hall of the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and Marcus Epps of the Philadelphia Eagles — surprised over 350 middle school students.

The students were able to meet and get autographs from the players, both of whom are from Southern California.

Later, the top two flag football teams in the PE classes played the annual Cesar Chavez Academy Super Bowl, the culmination of a 25+ team competition.

“Middle school is like the miracle years to me,” said Eric Simmons, the gym teacher who arranged the visit. “These kids are at a point in life where they’re wondering where they’re going from here – to see a positive role model coming, to bridge that connection with a professional, that’s a positive experience that I want to offer. “

Principal Lori Clays said the event helped restore “some normalcy” to that seen in days before the pandemic.

“Getting our students back into sports and events … has really given them the daily smiles, laughter and energy that we love to see in our students every day,” Clays said. “Also, a teenager doesn’t think it’s pretty cool to meet a professional athlete.”


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