Emmitt Smith to Speak at The Salvation Army’s Inspiring Hope Fundraising Luncheon

Emmitt Smith will be keynote speaker at The Salvation Army’s Annual Inspiring Hope fundraising luncheon on Wednesday, May 3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The NFL’s all-time leading rusher and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer has a record that only few players can match. And it’s no secret he won three Super Bowl championships as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. But what is often not mentioned in the list of Smith’s football accolades is that his career actually began when he played on a youth football team at The Salvation Army when he was eight years old.

Like most children who lived nearby, Smith went to The Salvation Army every day after school. The organization provided a place for kids to gather, make friends and participate in activities they couldn’t afford to do otherwise.

“There always was a lesson that you could learn at The Salvation Army,” Smith said. “One thing about The Salvation Army, when they received kids they received them as their own. It was there not necessarily just for recreational [activities] but for learning skills and all those things as well.”

Smith currently serves as Chairman of the Youth Education Town (YET) at The Salvation Army in Arlington. The YET was made possible by Super Bowl XLV played at AT&T Stadium in 2011.

“It is truly an honor to have Emmitt Smith as keynote speaker for our 3rd annual Inspiring Hope luncheon,” said Lieutenant Timothy Israel, The Salvation Army Corps Officer for the Arlington-Mansfield area. “Knowing he participated in a Salvation Army program as a child brings excitement and hope to the children of the Youth Education Town. YET kids can achieve their dreams as well. Those who support the luncheon will help enable the Youth Education Town continue to be a safe place for kids that inspires them with hope for the future.”

The Inspiring Hope Luncheon aims to raise funds for the Gene and Jerry Jones Family North Texas Youth Education Town (YET), which is housed at The Salvation Army in Arlington.

Tickets to the Inspiring Hope Luncheon are $150 for individuals. Table sponsorships range from $1,500 to $100,000 for a table of 10. To buy tickets, visit www.sayet.org. For sponsorship information, contact Bridget Lenhardt at 817-860-1836 or bridget.lenhardt@uss.salvationarmy.org.