It pays to know people in high places, especially when you call them family… Corey J. Clement is a running back with the Philadelphia Eagles who, as it turns out, has many ties to St. Raymond of Penafort, an Independence Mission School that serves the Mt. Airy/West Oak Lane community. His aunt works in the CARES afterschool program, his father is a graduate of the school program and his grandfather is a member of the vibrant parish and sings in the choir.
Corey recently granted his aunt’s request to surprise the students in a school assembly, much to the delight of the unsuspecting student body who had absolutely no clue that an NFL champion player was coming to visit them. Luckily Fox 29 was there to catch their reaction!
Principal Pat Wright let the students know there was a special guest coming to talk to them. Corey addressed the students and faculty with inspiring words describing how he never gave up hope on his dreams of being successful.
He told the children to work hard and to stay positive. He also took the time to answer students’ questions. When asked what he likes to do when he is not playing football, he let us know that he enjoys music: writing, singing, rapping, and producing music. When asked how students can stay fit, he told students that he only has one “cheat meal” per week. One student asked him about role models he had growing up. Corey drew their attention to his mother, who was there in the school hall. He told students to always look for positive influences around them. One student asked what super power would he like to posses. Can you guess what his answer was? Clue: Eagles are good at it!
After the questions and signing the Eagles Fight Song, students were overjoyed to dance to another song written by Corey’s cousins to celebrate the Eagles victory. Corey even joined in the fun. Finally, he went around the auditorium to shake hands and take pictures with groups of students and staff. He was friendly to everyone and genuinely happy to be there with a positive message to students!