Chad Lewis encourages students to “JUMP” over lifes obstacles and keep running
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.
Chad Lewis and Jordan Li at Merit Academy on November 19.