With the school year quickly approaching, many students will be in need of school supplies; however, due to income restraints many may not have what they need to start off the year.
Enter Brian Waters.
Waters, a 1995 graduate of Waxahachie High School and a seven-year veteran for the Kansas City Chiefs, believes in supporting his hometown community of Waxahachie. Through his foundation, Waters oversaw the delivery of 80 sets of school supplies and numerous backpacks for the school district’s five elementary schools. The sets contained pens, pencils, notebook paper, crayons, glue, scissors, construction paper and much more.
“My office is literally overflowing with school supplies,” said Nicole Mansell, director of public relations. “The front portion of my office is covered in supplies. I have to jump hurdles to get to my desk. It is fantastic!
“As soon as elementary administrators return to their campuses next week, delivery of the school supplies will begin,” Mansell said.
Weighing in at more than 300 pounds, Waters is a hometown hero and a force to be reckoned with on the field. Entering the league as an undrafted free agent, Waters has become arguably the best in the league at his position. In 2006, the seven-year pro earned his third consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl as a key member of a Kansas City offense.
“The Waxahachie community has always been very supportive of me,” Waters said. “Growing up in Waxahachie not only instilled in me what community and family is, but afforded me the opportunity to know what some of the community needs are. Being able to provide school supplies and backpacks is a way to alleviate a financial expense for parents at the beginning of the school year.”
Asked why he felt community service was so important, Waters said, “It is so important to show youth that there is someone who cares about them and to set an example that lets youth know they can be and do anything they want to be, with hard work and commitment.
“Community service gives people the opportunity to come together and work with others, it provides services for the needy, and provides new ideas for better opportunities, education and communities as a whole,” he said. “Community service is not only giving back, it's a way to enrich the lives of youth through positive impact and provides lasting memories.”
The road to the Pro Bowl has enabled Waters to obtain a vast knowledge and sharp perspective on the gridiron - and now he is a one-man football encyclopedia.
In high school Waters could be found at linebacker, safety, tight end and running back. He went on to play tight end at the University of North Texas, switching to defensive end his senior year. He never played on the offensive line until hitting the pro ranks. His courage on the field continues over to the community through the work done by his foundation.
“We are just thrilled that Mr. Waters continues to be an active supporter of Waxahachie ISD,” said Tom Collins, WISD Superintendent. “These school supplies are greatly needed and I know many a student will have a smile on their face and their parents will be relieved when they see their needs have been met.”
For information on the district, contact Mansell at (972) 923-4631.
Information on the Brian Waters Foundation can be found by visiting www.brianwaters54.net.