Bryan Boy to be Pictured on Frosted Flakes?

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Doctors didn't think 11-year-old Clay White would ever play sports.

"They didn't even know how long he would live," said Clay's mother, Danni White.

However, Clay overcame two open heart surgeries, and several heart problems, and convinced his doctor to let him play Pop Warner football for the Bryan Buccaneers, for two seasons.

"He goes 'I'm gonna let you play one more year, but this is the last year'," said Danni White.

"Just getting to play another season, I didn't care if we win {sic} or lost, because we didn't win that much games but we always had fun in all of our games," said Clay.

Clay made some memorable plays, like a 60 yard touchdown, and one where he tripped five feet before the end zone.

"There he comes around the end, wide open, and- almost a touch down!" said Clay's dad Choppie White.

"My coach was like 'Clay you're 'posed {sic} to dive into the touchdown.' I said 'I didn't dive, I tripped'," said Clay.

The Bryan Harmony and Science Academy 5th grader tries to make every moment in life count. While he enjoyed his time on the field to the fullest, he noticed others on the sidelines.

"I remember me and Clay saying 'why aren't you playing?' to his friends, and they didn't have the money.

"This is 60-dollars right here," said Bryan Buccaneers President Joe Menjares, pointing to a helmet.

It costs a lot to suit a football player up for the Bucs, and insure him.

"Actually about $240 per child," said Menjares.

The league will pay $90 of that, but $150 is up to the families. There are around 25 scholarships.

"We had kids still coming in, we had to turn em away and I just felt so bad," said Menjares.

"I actually had kids standing on the bubble that were literally trying to practice with us regardless," said Clay's coach Lonnie Goosby.

"They didn't have the opportunity to, so I wanted to help sponsor a kid to have an opportunity to play football and do something he wants to do," said Clay.

Clay shows pigs. This year, instead of keeping the cash, he's giving some of it back to Pop Warner.

"We'd be able to sponsor five kids maybe if we sold a pig," said Clay.

His mother has another fundraising idea: "We thought of doing maybe a mother-son dance. I'm really for that!" said Danni White.

Although this 5th grader with a heart of gold, may have played his last football game for the Buccaneers, he hopes he can help others enjoy the game just as much as he did.

Pop warner officials heard of Clay's plan and nominated him for the Kelloggs' Youth Achievement Award.

He's in competition with four other kids across the United States. Kelloggs is filming a web commercial with Clay, in Bryan, next week.


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