Tyrone Crawford Surprises Student with $10,000 Scholarship from Fuel Up to Play 60
Trinity Williams, a junior at Frisco Heritage High School, got the surprise of her life when she and her soccer team took a break from practice on Wednesday morning. As they entered the Field House, Cowboys Defensive End Tyrone Crawford was there to hand her a $10,000 check from SAP as the recipient of The Bill McDermott Scholarship through AdVenture Capital and the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 partnership through Dairy Max.
“It’s pretty special because it’s a scholarship to further her future,” Tyrone said of Trinity’s big surprise. “I can just imagine being in high school and a professional athlete handing a $10,000 check and saying ‘It’s yours!’ She’s a great girl who has been part of Play 60 for 10 years. For SAP, AdVenture Capital, and Dairy Max to do this for her shows what type of girl she is. She’s very deserving.”
“It was amazing, I walked in and started shaking because there’s no way this is happening,” said Trinity. “Wow! And having my team here, my coach, my mom and dad, and my close family friends; it made it even more special. I’m just so surprised. I want to use this scholarship money to make a good impact wherever I choose to go to college. That’s what the program is about: making an impact on the community and the people around you. In filling out the scholarship application, it made me think about what I want to do with it and how I can use it for others.”
Trinity has worked closely with Dairy Max and the Dallas Cowboys through FUTP60. She’s been a leader since the program’s introduction in 2008. She’s a former FUTP60 State Student Ambassador, current member of the FUTP60 Youth Council, and served as the FUTP60 Kid Reporter during the 2018 NFL Draft.
“My favorite experience is going to the NFL Draft,” noted Trinity. “I was able to interview the first-round prospects on the red carpet, so that was a really good experience for me. It was really fun.
The whole week was really fun for me, being able to go on-stage and announce a draft pick. It was like a dream come true, like ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m able to do this’. I’m also on the Youth Council so I’m able to go to summits and lead kids from all over. I love meeting new people and seeing those kids grow and staying in touch with them. That’s amazing.
“Fuel Up to Play 60 is so important with this generation because there’s so much social media and so much on our phones. It’s really hard to draw back into healthy eating and getting active because not a lot of kids are like that now. Kids are playing video games and Fortnite. It’s really important that we go out and get 60 minutes of physical activity a day and come back and eat something healthy, like a bowl of strawberries.”
Tyrone, who works closely with Dairy Max to promote FUTP60’s message of the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating, says there’s even more to the program than exercise and choosing healthy eating options.
“The activity part of Play 60 is definitely important because kids need to do more than play video games and be in the house. Fuel Up to Play 60 gets you up and active for at least 60 minutes a day and that’s good for young kids. And as kids get older, there’s more to the program than being active and eating right. It’s about accountability. It’s about being on time and being accountable for your choices, knowing they will help you down the road.”
Even though Tyrone is technically in the offseason, he continues to work with Dairy Max as the school year continues for kids in FUTP60 programs. The opportunity to go into a school and hand out a $10,000 check was one of the highlights of his time working with youth.
“Obviously it’s a privilege to wear the star and represent the team in a positive light like we did today with Trinity,” added Tyrone. “It’s always fun and I’m happy to do it.”