A group of Jacksonville youth football players were in for a big surprise on Monday afternoon when Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence came to the end of their practice at Westside Middle School.
Lawrence partnered with Gatorade to pay for gear and fees for the group for the next two years as a part of the “Beat the Heat” campaign the brand is promoting.
Trevor Lawrence surprised a group of youth football players today by partnering with Gatorade to pay for their gear for the next two years.
He played also spoke to the group for a bit before playing catch with them 🏈🏈 pic.twitter.com/HIZb3Oj2lt
— Juston W. Lewis (@JustonLewis_) July 11, 2022
The kids were given complimentary Gatorade and refreshments as their morning session came to an end and could tell something special was about to happen. As they gathered in a group on the football field at the back of the school, they were giddy with excitement.
When Lawrence emerged from the school building, the kids clapped for him and asked him questions as he spoke to them for a few minutes. They asked him about playing in the NFL and other questions.
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“You’re a Clemson Tiger,” one of the kids said to Lawrence to which he smiled and said he used to be.
“Who hit you the hardest?” another kid said to which Lawrence couldn’t give an answer because the list was long according to him.
After a few more questions, came the moment that they’ll remember for a lifetime as Lawrence played catch with them for about 15 minutes before rain cut the fun short.
He worked with the cleanest pocket he’ll see all season and tossed a few touchdowns and an interception before allowing players to run individual routes.
“He throws the ball so hard,” one of the young players said after attempting to catch a pass from him.
It was a moment that meant a lot to the young players, but also took Lawrence to his roots.
“It’s great—it’s something that me and my wife are passionate about, giving back to the community,” Lawrence said after the event. “That along with sports is a perfect combination for us. It’s a cool day, just to be able to play with the youth kids from TRUE Youth. Me and Gatorade partnered to make a donation to pay for their equipment and participation fees for the next two seasons.
“That’s one thing we’re passionate about and always trying to give back to the community and working with a company like Gatorade makes it really fun and really easy,” Lawrence continued.
Juston Lewis is a sports reporter for the Florida Times-Union. You can follow him on Twitter at @JustonLewis_.
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