Chad Lewis en­cour­ages stu­dents to “JUMP” over lifes ob­sta­cles and keep run­ning

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Sab­rina Reyes

Stu­dents, staff and press gath­ered in the Merit Academy Space Cen­ter on Novem­ber 19th to wel­come for­mer BYU and NFL foot­ball player Chad Lewis, who had come to speak to the in­ter­na­tional stu­dents and mem­bers of the Astro Knights, stu­dents who are cur­rently work­ing to cre­ate and op­er­ate the up­com­ing Space Cen­ter which will serve all of Utah County. Lewis was con­tacted through many emails by Jor­dan Li, an in­ter­na­tional stu­dent from Hong Kong, who is part of the Astro Knights. The Astro Knights were as­signed to con­tact col­leges, ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions, and celebri­ties to re­ceive fund­ing for their Space Cen­ter. Jor­dan chose to con­tact Chad Lewis, a per­sonal hero. Lewis praised this form of teach­ing stu­dents real life business skills, and thanked Jon Pax­man for help­ing the stu­dents un­der­stand and uti­lize those skills.

Lewis spoke about his ex­pe­ri­ence in foot­ball, us­ing it as an anal­ogy for life. One such ex­am­ple was dur­ing a game, he’d been trash talked by an op­pos­ing team mem­ber the en­tire game. Lewis was called to make a route, and he says “It was the worst run I’d ever made. But I made it.” He caught the ball and won the game. “Don’t let the doubters get to you. You can­not let them drag you down.” He said.

Chad en­cour­aged the stu­dents to ex­cel in life, and to “jump” over the tri­als and op­pos­ing teams, as he of­ten did in his games. “I’d have to jump over th­ese huge foot­ball guys. And it was hard. But when­ever I did, the crowd would go wild!” He said. Lewis then ex­plained that we may feel like we have huge tri­als that we have to get through. It may feel like no one is there, but the mo­ment you clear the trail, you’ll get a stand­ing ova­tion.

When Lewis was 19, he served a LDS mis­sion to Tai­wan, where he learned to speak Man­darin. After the con­fer­ence was mostly dis­banded, Lewis stayed back and talked to in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in their lan­guage.

The Astro Knights were in­spired by Chad Lewis to con­tinue to strive for ex­cel­lence in all they do. He en­cour­aged their ser­vice to con­tinue, their lead­er­ship to im­prove, and to en­joy their work.

Cas­sidy Clegg

Chad Lewis and Jor­dan Li at Merit Academy on Novem­ber 19.

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