SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Army News Service, Jan. 4, 2007) - A small group representing some of the top high school athletes in the country took time away from preparing for the All-American Bowl to spend time with children who are going through tough times at the Warm Springs Rehabilitation Center here.
The selected players represented the East and West squads of the upcoming Army-sponsored football contest, a nationally-televised match-up of the nation's top high school football players to be played Jan. 7 at the Alamodome here.
Ken Hall, legendary high school running back, and all-time single season rushing leader, introduced the players who then presented the rehabilitation center with a $1,000 check.
Hall talked to the children about the time he broke his back and the positive attitude that led him on the road to recovery.
"Attitude is more about actions," said Hall. "The way I see it, attitude is about 10 percent of what happens to me and about 90 percent of my reaction to what happened."
"The athletes with me today are U.S. Army All-American players," said Col. Frank Caponio, commander, 5th Recruiting Brigade. "They were selected to be part of a special team because, like American Soldiers, they've displayed strength and courage, both on and off the field."
Caponio told the children who are going through various types of rehabilitation that they were brave and just as strong as the football players - "maybe even stronger."
"Your teammates are your friends at Warm Springs, your parents, your doctors, nurses, and all of the other people who are working so hard to keep you strong," he said.