Anderson estimates he writes close to 500 letter and emails a year asking for prizes.
“I’ve written professional soccer teams too,” he said. “Prizes keep trickling in every day. It’s like Christmas for me. The kids really get excited for the NFL stuff and I love opening my mail to see what has been sent. The girls in my class asked me to expand the prizes for them - that’s where I got the idea to get t-shirts from the admissions offices from the colleges.”
Seeing the students working hard in classroom makes all his work worth the effort Anderson admits.
“Deep down they want to work hard for a goal,” Anderson said. “Which is cool. The teams know it’s for the kids and they are always willing to help. We have even received tickets to baseball games in Kanas City and St. Louis for example, which makes for families to spend time together when they might not be able to do so otherwise.”
When Anderson was a kid, he used to write professional athletes and ask them to autograph a card he would send along in the envelope.
“That’s where the idea started,” he said. “I even show my students how I used to do it. The bottom line is, I just want to help the kids and this seems like an easy way to do it.