Isbell Elementary School

Isbell PTA Fun Run Partners With Cowboys Football Academy

Oct 01, 2015

Isbell Elementary students powered through their September 25 PTA Fun Run with the encouragement of parents, teachers and leaders of the Dallas Cowboys Football Academy.

Two former professional football players from the Academy, Director Terrence Wheatley, who played for the Patriots, Bills and Jaguars, and former Canadian player and now CFA coach, Carl Thomas Jr., were on hand to set out footballs for zig-zag and W drills, as well as some low-level vaults for students to perform on their run. They also encouraged runners to do their best with high fives and shouts of encouragement.

Wheatley and Thomas also spent time visiting with interested parents. Thomas talked to a group of mothers, explaining that football is a great game for young people and the importance of programs to teach safety and proper ways to tackle at a young age. As older students approach seventh grade, this information was of great interest to concerned parents.

The students had been pumped up about the PTA fundraiser for several weeks. They had met former Cowboys and mascot Rowdy at a high-energy school assembly.

The partnership is just another example of how the Cowboys are getting involved in the FISD community, as the relationship between the football team and school district grows.

“We are very excited to be the first PTA in the DFW area to partner with the Dallas Cowboys Football Academy," said Rebecca Raymond, chairwoman of the event. "This event will raise money for special programs for our students and teachers, playground accessories, and classroom parties. It’s so great to have the Dallas Cowboys world headquarters relocating to Frisco!”

Isbell principal Serita Dodson said, “We are so grateful for the generosity of the community and our students' families. I work closely with the PTA and these funds purchase items like specialized printers, trainings for our teachers and upgraded playground equipment. The students have a blast at the classroom parties like last year’s sock hop!”

Students were rewarded for even the smallest donation to the PTA. Stinky feet coupons (a pass to go without shoes) are the most popular reward.

Local businesses and the Dallas Cowboys organization donated prizes and experiences totaling over $6,500 to reward students for their fundraising efforts.