By Emily Myers
Special to Stlouisrams.com
As part of the St. Louis Rams holiday outreach efforts, defensive tackle Michael Brockers , tight end Jared Cook, wide receiver Austin Pettis and running back Daryl Richardson, and all served as the event captains for the annual Motion for Kids holiday party at the Edward Jones Dome. The event, a partnership between the St. Louis Rams and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL), was attended by 3,000 foster children.
Originally named Project Angel Tree, the Motion for Kids Holiday Party was started by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis in 1992 to benefit area children with a parent in the Missouri legal system. The project has grown steadily since its inception and now includes children in the foster care system, as well as those with parents currently serving our country overseas.
In 2001, the Rams joined the effort by getting players, wives and staff involved with the party. This year’s event was a massive success as many Rams players chose to participate in the day’s festivities. In addition to the event captains, quarterback Austin Davis; running backs Isaiah Pead, Chase Reynolds and Benny Cunningham; linebackers Alec Ogletree and Philip Steward; safeties Cody Davis and Darian Stewart; and defensive back Quinton Pointer were all in attendance to sign autographs and pose for photos with the many kids throughout the day. Fourteen St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders and team mascot Rampage were also on hand for photos and autographs.
Other Rams teammates including wide receivers Stedman Bailey and Brian Quick; running back Zac Stacy; defensive ends Mason Brodine, William Hayes and Chris Long; punter Johnny Hekker; long snapper Jake McQuaide; offensive tackle Jake Long; offensive lineman Chris Williams; offensive guard Shelley Smith; center Tim Barnes and defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo contributed to the event by adopting kids and purchasing gifts for them.
Overall, the holiday joy was certainly spread and the children seemed excited to be a part of something so special.