White's All-American postcards from Chicago
On Friday, my parents and I went to the Ronald McDonald House in Omaha and delivered all of the donations we received over the past two weeks, which came to a total of $7,607!
The families were all so happy that we raised that much.
It was enough money for 53 overnight stays.
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Saturday morning, I left Omaha at 10:45 and got to Chicago at noon.
I hopped in the car they had for us ,which was a Mercedes, and we had a professional chauffeur.
Driving to the hotel was a little longer than expected.
In Shelby, when something is 9 miles away, it takes nine minutes to get there.
Traffic was pretty crazy, so what I thought would be a quick jaunt across town took nearly a half-hour.
But once at the hotel, we put on our jerseys and each had an individual photo shoot.
After that we received all of our gear which, let me tell you, was bigger than the suitcase I brought and was filled to the brim with all the McDonald’s All-American Game adidas apparel.
Then we got to meet the founder of the games and listened to him speak before leaving for the bowling alley, where my competitive spirit came out.
Unfortunately I got second place after successfully having seven gutter balls. I probably should’ve practiced before I came.
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Sunday was probably the most meaningful day we will have here in Chicago.
After starting the day with chapel, we headed to the Ronald McDonald House (it’s the largest in the world), where we ate brunch with the families.
We then rotated through stations with the kids where we did crafts, played games and decorated cookies. We even got a tour of the house.
Going to the House was the best part of the day because we got to witness first-hand why we, as All-Americans, are playing.
Then we headed off to practice, where we put in a couple of set plays, a few out-of-bounds plays, and scrimmaged, too.
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After practice we had the pleasure of listening to the legendary Christian Laettner talk to us about this experience.
Then we got to eat at the biggest McDonald’s I have ever seen, and we were welcomed with a red carpet!
We finished the evening with a visit to the McDonald’s Hall of Fame and with media interviews.
— Chatrice White