FAIRFIELD — It was the day before Christmas break and throughout David Weir Elementary, children were fleeing home left and right.
Inside the school gym, however, a small group of young ones stuck around after hours. During the Kids Corner after-school program, all was relatively quiet until an ear-splitting scream erupted from the room.
Quiton Ganther, former running back for the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills, stopped by to say hello for the Kids Corner sports day.
It wasn’t a coincidence Ganther stopped by on the last day of school, Kids Corner instructor Priyanka Craig said.
With almost three weeks of winter break ahead of them, Craig said teachers were worried that children wouldn’t get the physical activity they need for a long period of time. During the winter months, it’s even harder to get children moving, Craig said.
So staff decided to get them motivated to be active with a special sports day featuring special guest Ganther as well as members of the Solano Community College men’s basketball team.
“This was the perfect opportunity to bring someone from the outside so they’ll play,” Craig said.
Solano basketball coach John Nagle and members of the men’s basketball team got children up and running with games of dodgeball, knockout and land, sea and air.
Nagle and Ganther both offered up words of inspiration to the children, not just to dream big but to get an education, too.
Ganther said that it’s great to dream of playing professional sports, but it’s necessary to go to school to get where you want in life. That’s what he did, he said, so he could have a career once he is done with football.
Of course playing football is and has been pretty fun, he said.
“How do you hit people and not get in trouble? Play football,” he said.