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First Graders Write Letters to Shamed Minnesota Vikings Kicker Who Missed Key Field Goal

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First Graders Write Letters to Shamed Minnesota Vikings Kicker Who Missed Key Field Goal

First Graders Write Letters to Shamed Minnesota Vikings Kicker Who Missed Key Field Goal


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Minnesota Vikings kicker, Blair Walsh, had his fair share of critics and shamers on Sunday after he missed a field goal, which would have put their team in the lead. Instead, just moments later, the game ended and their chance to make the playoffs was history.

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A teacher from Northpoint Elementary in Blaine, Minnesota decided this would be a good lesson to teach young children it’s not okay to shame someone young or old and the notion that we should all be empathetic toward one another’s feelings.

She assigned each child to write letters to the kicker, offering positive thoughts and words of encouragement.

Source: The Star Tribune

One heartwarming note read, “Dear Blair Walsh. I know that it can be hard to get through things that are sad. But you have to try and try again. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. One time I made a mistake when I was doing a cartwheel. I felt embarrassed. You can still help the Vikings win the Super Bowl next year.”

Another student wrote, “You are handsome … Don’t worry. It’s just a game.”

Source: Twitter

Walsh caught wind of the kind gesture the students were doing for him and decided to give them a visit. He stopped by the school, visited with the children and signed autographs.

He told the students, “The fact that people like you, kids like you, are willing to do kind things like that for somebody you don’t even know, it really meant a lot to me and I just want to say thank you,” Huffington Post reports.


Source: KSTP

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