Charles Tapper, defensive end with the Dallas Cowboys, hand-delivered a check for nearly $4,000 to benefit students at Frisco High School and across Texas.
The $3,775 donation to Best Buddies Texas, a nonprofit organization that pairs special and general education students together to form friendships and participate in activities, will help FHS meet its fundraising goal to support fun events for students.
The school will participate in a Friendship Walk in April to raise additional funds and awareness for the program, which serves students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Tapper hosted a fundraiser for Best Buddies in December in partnership with Sidebar Dallas. He presented the money raised during a pep rally at Frisco High and met with members of the FHS Best Buddies chapter.
“Mr. Tapper was very hands on, enthusiastic and showed a great deal of compassion for our students,” said Melanie Newberry, FHS teacher and sponsor of the school’s Best Buddies chapter. “He visited with them, joked with them and gave them lots of high-fives and love. All the attention and focus was truly on our students.”
Tapper said he loves being part of the Best Buddies program.
“I got to meet some of the Buddies today and we had a ball,” he said after the pep rally. “They motivate me and make me want to strive for greatness.”
Founded in 1989, Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.