JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Solomon Kindley doesn’t remember how many times that they came back, but the point was delivered time and again with every former player that returned to Raines.
When you have a chance to give back, do it.
When you deliver a message, mean it.
Whether that’s with words or with gifts, Kindley said that he listened when Vikings products like Brian Dawkins and Lito Sheppard returned to 3663 Raines Avenue with messages of their own.
Now, in a position to give back in his own way, Kindley, an offensive lineman coming off his rookie season with the Miami Dolphins, did just that on Friday. He showed up with a carload full of laptop computers and gave them to Raines students. Kindley hand delivered 22 new Lenovo laptops to students at the school.
Kindley also donated 22 laptops to students at S.P. Livingston Elementary and 22 to S.A. Hull Elementary. The 22 totals at three locations add up to 66, Kindley’s jersey number.
“They [former players] talked to me and it really stuck with me,” he said. “So, it was like, they can do it, I can do it. They came from the same part of the city where I’m from. They played at the same high school. They played just as good as me or even better, so it was like, ‘why can’t I do it?’ So, that’s my biggest thing. I want to give the kids and the community, and the kids at Raines, hope. You can do it, no matter what.”