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Name: Derek Knott
School: Lehigh University
Derek Knott is a junior at Lehigh University on the football team. He will be joining the SALSC team on our service trip to Washington D.C. this summer!
Although Derek is a football star, he also has some hidden talents behind his big heart. He can bust out some pretty amazing DJ and song writing skills. The picture on our site is when he actually wrote a song for the “Adopt a Family” Christmas ceremony.
Derek was selected to be in the spotlight for SALSC this month because of his selfless leadership and his ability to lead by example. When the team adopted a family this past year for the holidays they raised the money any way they could. This year’s ceremony really touched him because the football team was assigned a family that had an amazing little girl who was fighting cancer. He said it was awesome seeing how happy her and her brothers were seeing all their gifts laid out for them to open on Christmas day.
For Derek, giving back isn’t something he has to think about doing. He’s the type of person who sees someone asking for change on the street, or asking for a donation for a certain cause and tries to give whatever he can. He said, "if I was homeless and was out in the streets trying to get money from people to eat I would want people to help me out if they could and not ignore me or give me dirty looks as they walked past me.” Poverty is all around us and for Derek that's all the motivation he needs to give back.
SALSC is so happy to have Derek join the SALSC team in D.C. and can’t wait to see what the future holds! We should all take a lesson from the selfless leader.
“If we could show people that there are opportunities for them to have a better life, we can help bring change to the newer generations.” Derek Knott
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