GATESVILLE — George Selvie, a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys, was at Gatesville Intermediate School on Tuesday to help students and teachers celebrate the school’s $15,000 grand prize in the Fuel Up to Play 60 “Make Your Move” video contest.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a free in-school program sponsored by the National Dairy Council, Dairy MAX and the National Football League. The “Make Your Move” video contest was sponsored by Quaker Oats.
The Gatesville Intermediate video, which featured 37 sixth-grade students tumbling, dancing and twirling hoops, was one of five grand-prize winners in a contest that drew hundreds of contestants from all over the United States.
“I am so proud of these kids,” said Jana Carpenter, the physical education teacher who helped organize the video. “It is important that all kids believe in themselves and have the confidence they need to succeed in life.”
Assistant Principal Bridget Register shot the video and computer teacher Elizabeth Smith edited the footage into a 60-second entry.
Selvie, who had the best season of his four-year NFL career when he joined the Cowboys last year, shared high-fives, health tips and yogurt parfaits with students.
New to the glare of being a Dallas Cowboys celebrity, Selvie said serving as a positive role model for children “comes with the territory.”
“I think the kids listen to us,” he said. “This is a great program. The message is to play every day and eat a healthy breakfast.”
During the question-and-answer period, a student asked Selvie for his words of wisdom. The player told the students what his high school football coach told him.
“Believe in yourself,” he said. “Believe in yourself, and you can do anything you want to do. Just go for it.”
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