LT goes home

At least the headquarters for his Foundation will.

LaDainian Tomlinson, the future HOF running back for the San Diego Chargers, has long been recognized for his excellence on and off the field. What many have admired about him both as a player and role model is the consistency and quality of his efforts. Some of those efforts are mentioned in the editorial below. You can read the full article at, with an excerpt below.

Please note that a couple of years ago 60 Minutes did a feature story on LT. You can read the story and watch related video at;contentBody.

Going the Distance for Good
Star-Telegram editorial

“I just know how to stay humble, the way I was raised. I know in a second all this fame and glory can be gone. That’s the way I look at it.”

— LaDainian Tomlinson, 2000

Even as a young college student, it was clear that outstanding running back LaDainian Tomlinson had his head — and his heart — screwed on right.

Long before he became a star in the National Football League with the San Diego Chargers, he was encouraging youths to stay in school, look up to the true heroes in their lives (like their parents and teachers) and follow his example of giving back to the community.

Here was a young man who had slopped hogs while growing up in Rosebud, east of Temple, encouraging youngsters to believe, to dream and to achieve despite any negative circumstances in their lives.

During his senior year at Texas Christian University, he asked elementary school students to write to him about a teacher who was a hero to them.

He received more than 90,000 letters from youngsters throughout North Texas.

Although a Heisman Trophy finalist, winner of the Doak Walker Award and holder of two consecutive NCAA Division I-A rushing titles, Tomlinson was not about to let fame and fortune change him once he was picked by San Diego in the first round of the NFL draft.

He would remain a man of character, humility and commitment, especially to all those young people who looked up to him.

To keep giving back, he established his Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation, which does just that: touch lives.

His LT’s 21 Club, funded by the foundation, sends 30 kids from San Diego youth organizations and nonprofits to each Chargers home game, where they get to meet him afterward, according to the foundation’s Web site.

At Thanksgiving each year, the Giving Thanks with LT program distributes 2,100 dinners to needy families from San Diego, and 21 children are given a shopping spree.

The LT’s Touching Lives Holiday Program distributes more than 2,100 books, toys and videos to kids at Children’s Hospital and Health Center during the Christmas holidays, and he and some of his friends make the rounds visiting with those ailing youngsters.

On top of all that, he provides educational scholarships through the LT School is Cool program.

He’s the kind of athlete and citizen we all can be proud of and would do well to emu- late.

The people in North Texas now have one more reason to be proud of their humble hero.

It was announced last week that he is moving his foundation’s headquarters from San Diego to Fort Worth.

The office will be in the Burk Burnett Building, known as the city’s first skyscraper, in Sundance Square.

Tomlinson, who sponsors an annual youth football camp here, wants to bring to this area some of what he has done in San Diego.

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