|Seahawk Richard Sherman surprises Foster with stay-focused message|
Who was crowned king and queen was not nearly the biggest surprise during Foster High's homecoming pep rally on Oct. 18: Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman visited to tell students to study hard and keep focused on post-high school education and training. Sherman, who himself overcame many obstacles on his way to becoming a Stanford graduate, took part in a dance competition and answered students' questions about college and professional football. Foster's football coach wrote Blanket Coverage, Sherman's charity, a letter over the summer describing his school's unique challenges and strengths, including the high levels of poverty and diversity. Sherman was inspired not only to fire up the assembly crowd, but he also brought new cleats for every football player. After the whole-school event, he met with 120 promising but at-risk students who signed a pledge to improve their grades, show up for school, and be good citizens; he gave them each a backpack full of school supplies and promised to support them yearly if they fulfilled their obligation.