Cincinnati Bengal Visits Hopewell Junior

Cincinnati Bengal Visits Hopewell Junior
Posted on 05/10/2018
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Photo of Cincinnati Bengal with Hopewell Junior studentsStudents at Hopewell Junior School were able to spend time with Alex Erickson, wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, when he visited their school. Erickson spoke to the group about being persistent, finding success and, of course, life in the NFL.


Karen Berndt, a tutor at Hopewell, entered a contest through College Advantage through which she won second prize, a visit to the school of her choice by a member of the Cincinnati Bengals football team. Although the group would normally visit the school her young son attends, they were happy to accommodate the request to visit Hopewell instead once they learned that her son, Silas, is only one. The 25 students who Berndt works with regularly were invited to meet Erickson.


The students spent a good portion of the time asking Erickson about a wide range of topics. He told the group that while playing in the NFL was his goal, he made sure that he did well in college so that he had a backup plan. When asked about his insecurities, Erickson thought back to when he played football in college and doubting whether he was good enough to achieve his goal of playing professional football. He spoke about the importance of having a good mentor and people you rely on to help you believe in yourself and build your self-confidence.


Berndt’s favorite part of the visit was that Erickson “shared some of his struggles as a student and an athlete, which allowed the students to see that professionals have to struggle and work hard to succeed just like they do.” She told her students, “What can pay off when you do the things that are hard...sometimes those things that you don’t want to do lead to good things and better things.”


Eighth grader Lucas Heflan thought it was pretty cool having a professional football player come to school. I learned to never give up on your dreams.”