Enthusiastic fans and community leaders gathered recently to hear Dallas Cowboys legend Drew Pearson speak during the Next Doors Charities Inc., Barrier Breaker Luncheon event, at the Marriott-Town Center Hotel.
Pearson awed and inspired the audience with his grace while messaging about the necessity for communities and community-based organizations to be proactively collaborative in developing best strategies to help youth recognize and achieve their fullest life’s potential. Pearson said many of today’s youths are not being pushed hard enough to become the best they can be.
He cited a culture of accepting too much video gaming as part to blame for that state of complacency among many of today’s youths. Invoking memories of his playing days under coach Tom Landry, Pearson talked about having a team approach for tackling issues both on and off the field. Further, he talked about always being pushed by Coach Landry and other coaches to bring out the best in all of their players.
At the conclusion of his speech, Pearson fielded questions and was available to take pictures and sign autographs.
During the event, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District administrators Rebecca Schultz and Randal Donnell were each awarded with the Partner in Academics Award for their many great works in working with the youths they encounter at the LCISD Alternative Learning Center.
In addition, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls was awarded the Partner in Safety Award for his many good works with youths and keeping the community safe.
“Mr. Pearson was a perfect fit for the occasion,” said Next Doors Charities founding board member Dwayne Bennett.
Bennett, who has been a resident of the Richmond area for 12 years, said he believes that more collaborative opportunities among organizations similar in scope are the keys for success. Bennett, who has been an executive director for United Way and other community-based organizations, strongly believes in collaborations.
“He went on to say when organizations operate from a silo mentality, in most cases, it will not yield the maximum outcomes desired,” he said.
Next Doors Charities is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with middle and high school at-risk youths and helping them to create a brighter future. Through a series of programs that include life-skills, community service activities, college and vocational preparation, leisure and educational based field trips, the underlying intent of Next Doors Charities programs is to deter crime and promote higher educational pursuits for average grade students, while creating heightened civility (respect for authority figures) during the process.
To learn more about Next Doors Charities, visit www.nextdoors.org, or call 832-475-1950.