With the holidays still in sight in our review mirror, it may be hard to comprehend that not everyone had a glistening tree to wake up to, let alone presents adorning the skirt. One Detroit Lions player had a mission this holiday season to ensure that a few more kids had the Christmas they were dreaming of.
Golden Tate III of the Detroit Lions and his fiancé, Elise who co-created their foundation; Golden Futures, were the ones behind this great Christmas wish. This year he, along with teammates and members of his foundation participated in the "Shop with a Jock" program in conjunction with Walmart. Assignment Desk was there to cover the great event for a new episode of CBS Game Changers.
"Shop with a Jock" benefits children whose parent(s) or sibling(s) are fighting overseas or enlisted in the military and can't be home for the holidays. Each child gets $100 to spend on whatever they want at Wal-Mart in order to buy gifts for themselves and their families. These are gifts they otherwise would not have been able to receive. This year Lions' wide receiver, Golden Tate was on site to help these kids shop for whatever their hearts desired. Golden pushed a cart through the video game, sporting goods, toy, and clothing sections as kids grabbed items for themselves and their parents.
We followed Golden through the whole store with our trusty Sony F3 and also rigged the shopping cart with some Go Pros for a different perspective as footballs, XBOX games, and Lego sets landed in the cart. We also grabbed several on-the-fly interviews with participating kids and volunteers about what it was like having such a great role model on hand to shop with them. We even sat down with Golden and asked what it was like to give back and why he started his foundation. He talked about how he would like to be remembered more for his contributions off the field than his accolades on it.
We can almost guarantee, this is a day that neither Golden or the kids will ever forget and Assignment Desk appreciated the opportunity to be there to capture the moment for Game Changers!