MSSU football visits Joplin area elementary schools

The MSSU football team visits schools during recess to play and hand out tickets

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Missouri Southern football team visited three Joplin-area elementary schools during lunch and recess on Friday.

“I never had anything like this,” says senior wide receiver, Brian Boyd Jr. “I hope this gives them an opportunity to look up to us and want to be either football players or whatever they want to be in life.”

“My dad had me meet one of the football players and it was the coolest moment of my life,” says freshman running back Nathan Glades. “They’re older, they have the jersey…Now I get to do the same thing for them.”

The players were met with excitement and awe.

“You don’t know what kind of lifestyle these little kids have, so when you are able to come out here and give them something or some one to inspire them to be better and do better things, it’s good for their heart,” Glades says.

The kids were also given golden tickets that are redeemable for free entry to the Lions’ home opener on Saturday.

“This is the first game since 2019 that is going to be at home, so I’m expecting a good turnout and I know the team is too. That’s another reason why we came out,” Boyd says. “To give the children tickets and give them the opportunity to come out to the game as well.”

Glades is Joplin High School alum. For him, having the community support means a lot.

“My entire life I’ve had the Joplin community behind my back throughout high school, middle school, JYFA,” Glades says. “If we can get the Joplin community out and do what they do best, cheer on their teams, I think we’ll have a great outcome.”

Missouri Southern’s home opener against Northeastern State will kick off at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in Joplin.