Lubbock Smith Visits Local School

Oct. 1, 2010


In between his busy schedule of class, practice, homework and prepping for Kansas football’s Big 12 opener against Baylor this Saturday, when many of the country’s student-athletes were squeezing in naps, Lubbock Smith was finding time to give back to the Lawrence community.

On September 27, the Jayhawk strong safety stopped by South Junior High to speak to a group of 20 boys and girls about a variety of topics like resisting peer pressure, behaving well in school and the importance of staying away from drugs. The attentive sea of 7th and 8th grade students soaked up every bit of advice Lubbock had to offer.

“To be successful you must show respect to your teachers and coaches, listen when they are talking and make eye contact,” Lubbock told the class.

After also discussing bullying, dedication in the classroom and working hard in athletics, Lubbock opened the floor to questions. When one student asked what position Lubbock played for KU, he jokingly replied, “You see, you weren’t paying attention when your teacher was talking.”

Hopefully Lubbock’s advice will resonate with the students and his influence will rub off on them. The sophomore from Dallas, Texas, said he could see himself in those students and hoped that his advice would help them make the right decisions to be successful in life.

With a role model like Lubbock to imitate, the kids have an excellent example to follow.