Each December, the Edward Jones Dome is transformed to a holiday party for approximately 3,000 kids, and for the second consecutive year, running back
“What we are doing here today is giving the community Christmas,”
Executive director of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Zoe Linza appreciates
“Last year, we presented Steven with the opportunity to chair the event and he jumped at the chance to make the holidays special for these kids,” said Molly Higgins, vice president of corporate communications/civic affairs, St. Louis Rams. “He really took the event to the next level in terms of player support and recruited many of his teammates to join him in putting smiles on the faces of these children. We’re so fortunate to have a player of Steven’s caliber on the field, but just as important is his leadership in the locker room and his ability to make a tremendous impact off the field. He’s someone who embraces the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, especially kids.”
Motion for Kids, originally known as Project Angel Tree, began 19 years ago when the Bar Association set out to help children affected by the justice system. The mission of the event is to provide holiday gifts and a great holiday party experience to kids whose lives are impacted by the legal process. The event is geared toward children living in foster care or who have an incarcerated family member.
Genevieve Frank, a board member of the Bar Association, knows the importance of the experience.
“We chose this population because we wanted these kids to know that lawyers, judges, and police officers are not just people who put their family members in prison or remove them from their custody, but are also people in the community who care about and believe in them,” she said. “We believe the event is especially important for the kids in foster care, because it provides them with a consistent holiday tradition they can look back on years later.”
The holiday event includes an interactive area, live entertainment, a book corner, activity booths, arts and crafts, visits with Santa, Rams players and cheerleaders and best of all, holiday gifts from the Rams and other generous donors.
“Anytime you can hand out gifts and allow for a child to actually receive a gift that he or she may have dreamt of and wasn’t quite sure if they were ever going to receive it, it is unbelievable.”
The project, which began nearly two decades ago and served about 300 children annually, has been transformed in many ways from the early years.
In 2001, the holiday party was outgrowing its location and that’s when the Rams offered to move the event to Edward Jones Dome.