Sebastian Joseph-Day surprises Rams High School Coach of the Year with $ 5,500 donation


Inspirational and encouraging are just a few words to describe Rams defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day’s virtual tour with the Garfield High School football team on Tuesday, June 14.

During the Zoom call, Joseph-Day addressed the entire college football program and recognized their head coach, Lorenzo Hernandez, as the Rams High School Coach of the Year.

“Huge coach congratulations! What you are doing for these young men is huge,” said Joseph-Day. “Your influence will go beyond their high school years.”

While the lively question-and-answer session elicited many smiles and laughter from the student-athletes and Joseph-Day, persistence was the dominant theme of the conversation. Before answering questions from student-athletes, he shared details about his childhood, his journey in football, and how overcoming adversity helped shape his character.

“That’s why I love football so much. It teaches you to persevere in those times and get up when you’re knocked down,” said passionate Joseph-Day. “There have been so many times you wanna quit, you feel like ‘Man, I don’t wanna do this anymore, ‘ but you don’t [quit], and it all translates into real life. “

He then shared two stories about times he faced adversity – losing his starting spot after his freshman year at Rutgers University and breaking his hand in his final college season, when he became a coveted NFL prospect.

“Life is going to throw tough things at you, don’t give up. It all depends on your attitude and your perspective,” said Joseph-Day. “Remember that you are all more than football players. Keep doing what you are doing, and success will find you beyond the pitch.”

At the end of the question-and-answer session, Joseph-Day surprised Coach Hernandez with a donation of $ 5,500 to support the Garfield High School football program.

“Thank you to everyone in the Rams organization for giving us this opportunity to really show what our program is all about,” replied coach Hernandez. “I am sure we will use these funds to continue to grow our program and take care of our children and our community. On behalf of myself, our administration and our district, I just want to say thank you to the Rams for being always there for our community and our student-athletes as we move forward. ”

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