Monday, January 13, 2014

Running Back Keith Ford Gives Back to Hometown

Classes resume for the spring semester at the University of Oklahoma Monday, but on Friday OU freshman running back Keith Ford actually went back to school before returning to Norman.

A graduate of Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress, Texas, the Sooners’ emerging rushing threat took time to visit with students in his hometown before concluding his brief winter break following Oklahoma’s 45-31 win in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Ford visited Yeager Elementary School Friday to encourage, motivate and answer questions for students in pre-K through fifth grade. Naturally, he showed up at the school sporting his championship hat from the Sugar Bowl, while proudly wearing his OU Football gear.

Of course, it was no coincidence that Ford happened to pick this particular school in the state of Texas to speak to young students. Keith’s mother, Mary Ford, teaches pre-K students at Yeager Elementary.

Yeager principal Susan Brenz said the visit coincided with “Yeager University,” an initiative to help prepare students for college. Each Yeager classroom is decorated in a different college’s colors and logos to generate excitement about the future. Ford first paid a visit to fourth-grade students in Lacey Thibodeaux’s University of Oklahoma-themed classroom.

“My dad always taught me to do my work,” Ford told the students. “Being at OU made me realize you have to sacrifice a lot. You have to train yourself before you get to college to be on time, do all the work and study for tests.” (More at
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