Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities recently ran a contest for one deserving (i.e. at-risk) North Texas high school student to win a Trip of a Lifetime to the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Weekend in Canton, OH as Emmitt Smith’s special guest. Students in grade 9-12 submitted entries by answering the question “My lifetime dream AND how I plan to achieve it” in any way they chose: essay, video, music, poetry or art. Ten finalists were selected by a review committee and invited to appear at the Inaugural Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Awards Ceremony where Emmitt Smith announced Lincoln High School Senior, Prentice Richmond, as the winner. Runner-up, Brandon Rhodes, received an iPad autographed by Apple Computer co-founder, Steve Wozniak and all finalists received gift bags and custom designed one-of-a-kind autographed Emmitt Smith Traxxas RC trucks. Congratulations 10 Finalists!
- WINNER: Prentice Richmond- Future Law Enforcement Officer/ Police Chief
- RUNNER-UP: Brandon Rhodes- Future Military Leader and Law Enforcement Officer/ Police Chief
- Victor Hernandez- Future Doctor
- Kimber Huseman- Future Pediatric Oncologist
- Chad Jordan- Future NBA All-Star
- Catherine Lopez- Future Interior Designer
- Jasmine Lucas- Future Successful, Wise and Accomplished Woman
- Michael McLaughlin- Future Biomedical Engineer
- Thania Silva- Future Nurse
- Kendrick Madkins- Future Rapper and Businessman
As the winner of the Emmitt Smith Trip of Lifetime Contest, Prentice Richmond will travel to Canton, Ohio in August to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival.
“The Hall of Fame induction will be the crowning moment of my career and I want to share that experience with someone whose dreams and goals are as big as mine were growing up and has a plan to chase them.” said Emmitt. Prentice won the PESC contest because of his plan to follow in the footsteps of those that have inspired him and become a police officer, studying law enforcement at Texas A&M Commerce this fall.
Growing up in a low-income community, Prentice Richmond has faced overwhelming hardship. For several years, he’s been responsible for finding his own food, clothing, supplies and a place to sleep. Despite the challenges he faces, Prentice believes in giving back to the community. He “sees so many people in need” and tells us “there are a lot of kids that can go down the wrong path, when they don’t have something to keep them busy.”
Prentice Richmond was also the captain of the Lincoln High School Varsity Football team, President of the Lincoln High Senior Class of 2010 and voted Prom King by his peers. He coordinates the Dallas Police Department’s Athletic League, reinforcing positive attitudes in other young people, and was selected as the Jr. NBA/WNBA Coach of the Year. Prentice also mentors and volunteers at Central Dallas Ministries.
Prentice wants to follow in the footsteps of those that have inspired him and become a police officer, studying law enforcement at Texas A&M Commerce. Eventually, he hopes to be Chief of Police or a school principal.