BEACH HAVEN - Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki was back in his hometown this week and took time out of his schedule to give back by visiting the Beach Haven Elementary School this past week. Mike visited the Beach Haven School on Tuesday, January 21.
The visit was set up by Rob Barrett, health and physical education teacher and Southern Regional High School assistant football coach.
The students and staff were extremely excited to welcome the area hometown hero for this special visit.
Mike had a breakout second season in the NFL in this his second season playing for the Dolphins. He had 51 receptions for 570 yards for an average of 11.2 yards per catch. His longest reception was for 34 yards. He caught five touchdown passes during the season.
When asked about what prompted Mr. Barrett to invite Mike, he shared the following:
"In health class we did a lesson on goal setting. I used Mike as an example to the students, who had a goal and accomplished his dream of playing football in the National Football League.
A few days later I saw Mike at a Southern Regional High School basketball game and asked if he would come talk to the kids. Mike had no problem obliging. He enjoys giving back to his home community any way he can. He loves giving back to his community in any way he can.
It was not hard to convince him. He's such a good guy that comes from a great family. He never forgets where he came from.
Superintendent-Principal Chris Meyrick is a huge Penn State fan and when approached was ecstatic about having Gesicki visit the students and staff."
When the children were informed they would have a special guest visiting in a few days, they were very excited. Barrett served on the Southern football staff when Mike played at Southern. Mike was a person dedicated to his goals, he was also dedicated to basketball and volleyball when he was in high school.
Mike signed about 150 autographs. Every student and teacher left with a picture of Gesicki's first NFL touchdown reception and his autograph. Many students brought in footballs, basketballs or pictures to sign, and he did so without hesitation.
Mike shared the following about his visit to the Beach Haven School.
“Stopping by the school and seeing the smiles on the kids faces and knowing the impact of the one hour that I spent with them is the main reason I love doing things like that.
If I was able to motivate just one kid to follow his dreams and become the best version of him or herself then that visit was a success. The school welcomed me with open arms and it was an incredible experience."