VaTech Player Uses Bowl Issued Best Buy Gift Card on Less Fortunate Kids
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    VaTech Player Uses Bowl Issued Best Buy Gift Card on Less Fortunate Kids

    Really great story here. Props to him. Link here

    As part of the swag for earning a bid to theRussell Athletic Bowl, each Hokies player was given, among other things, a $470 gift card to Best Buy. Monday afternoon, Exum and some of his teammates headed out to an Orlando Best Buy for a shopping spree on the bowl’s dime.

    At the store, the redshirt junior cornerback noticed three young boys — kids he had never met, incidentally — which set the giving-not-receiving wheels in motion. After initially picking out items for himself, Exum ultimately put the gadgets back and began a search for the kids. Upon finding them, he floored ‘em with a simple gesture: “I got this money and I want you to go shopping and get what you want,” the player told the kids, who the Orlando Sentinel reports are two brothers and a cousin from the Bahamas and just happened to be in the country for the holidays.

    And that’s exactly what Santa Exum and the kids did, with the young trio ultimately settling on a PlayStation 3 and a Blackberry phone. The kids wanted some games for the PS3 as well so, with his $470 gift card nearly maxed out, Exum enlisted the help of teammates Tariq Edwards and Marcus Davis, who gave up what was left on their respective cards to the kids.
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    Re: VaTech Player Uses Bowl Issued Best Buy Gift Card on Less Fortunate Kids

    What a great gesture. There are a lot of good young people like him doing the right thing and it's nice to hear about it instead of negative things.

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    Re: VaTech Player Uses Bowl Issued Best Buy Gift Card on Less Fortunate Kids

    Great story, thank you for posting!

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    Re: VaTech Player Uses Bowl Issued Best Buy Gift Card on Less Fortunate Kids

    Great story! Thanks for posting.

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    Exum was one of the good ones in Blacksburg this year. He will be missed.

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    VaTech Player Uses Bowl Issued Best Buy Gift Card on Less Fortunate Kids

    Love hearing stories like this. I hope more and more come about.

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    Re: VaTech Player Uses Bowl Issued Best Buy Gift Card on Less Fortunate Kids

    What an incredible story. Hats off to this young man, because he just did what 99.9% of the rest of the world wouldn't have even thought about doing. What a generous and classy move.

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    Glad to see a story about what is right about college football for a change.

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    VaTech Player Uses Bowl Issued Best Buy Gift Card on Less Fortunate Kids

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    Re: VaTech Player Uses Bowl Issued Best Buy Gift Card on Less Fortunate Kids

    Quote Originally Posted by Toddrn View Post
    What would have really been great if he had kept this to himself and not felt the need to pat himself on the back and put this out there for everyone to know about.
    With everything that is wrong in college football today, don't bash a kid for doing a good deed and posting it on twitter! Orlando Sentinel ran the story in the paper.

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    Re: VaTech Player Uses Bowl Issued Best Buy Gift Card on Less Fortunate Kids

    Now the pressure comes for his teammates to do the same....

    Finally, a good example of peer pressure
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    One of life's best lessons is "It's better to give than to receive" and how magnificent is it when the lesson soaks in like this? What a great story.

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