From football, a farm to champion entrepreneurship

(Can’t wait until this happens to every golf course in the world! mrjonmoore)

There is other football-related news out of Texas’ AT&T Stadium beyond the college football championship win of the Ohio StateBuckeyes. Fittingly, with the college football season now over, it’s about life after football.

Paul Quinn College, an NAIA school with an enrollment of about 250, was at a crossroads in early part of 2008. It just didn’t have the money to continue to field a football team. Michael Sorrell, the college’s president, understood that eliminating the football program could ruffle some purple Tiger fur. He offered to match any funds that could be raised to save the team. There were no takers.

Sorrell arrived at the college in the fall 2007, and he found himself wrestling with the freshman 15 at the same time he had his football dilemma. Paul Quinn, a historically Black institution, located in south Dallas, is in a food desert. Lunch from the chicken shack every day was giving the former college basketball player the physique of an out-of-shape football player. Soon after, with help from local entrepreneurs, PepsiCo’s Food for Good initiative, and The Sustainable Food Project at Yale University, the football field, with goalposts still standing, became an organic farm, known as the WE over Me Farm, and a source of healthy food for the community.

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