Burnett Goes Techno With Laptop Donations

Posted Dec 19, 2011

There was more than met the eye Monday night at Best Buy in Davie for 20 deserving underprivileged students from Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Just down the road from where the Miami Dolphins hold their practices, inside linebacker Kevin Burnett stood with a big smile on his face as his vision came to fruition. One by one these kids with a love for education picked out their valuable educational tool – an Acer laptop for 19 of them and a Samsung tablet for one.

Burnett purchased all of them in conjunction with the Kevin Burnett Foundation as part of his annual holiday celebration, which he started last year when he was a member of the San Diego Chargers. His motivation seemed rather simple but really says a lot about who Burnett really is as a person.

“Long story short, it took me seven times to pass the SAT and that’s because I believe I didn’t have the educational tools that I needed to be successful the first time around or even the second time,” said Burnett, who is in his first season with the Dolphins. “So now what I want to do is do my part in helping kids have the best possible equipment to date to help them have a head start on having a better future. If it means get them a laptop I’ll get them a laptop and if it means put them in college prep classes then let’s do that.”

Each child was selected based on his or her academic achievement and obvious desire to learn and better themselves. They got to pose for pictures with Burnett and talk to him one-on-one about their goals in life.

The 10 kids from Broward County all represented the Broward Virtual School, so they were literally in their back yard inside the Best Buy Store #1258, which opened back on June 4th of this year.

“This is an unbelievable event and Mr. Burnett’s generosity is so heartwarming,” said Christopher McGuire, Principal at Broward Virtual School. “Not only do our students need new computers but they need them to access their education, so we’re very appreciative. The look on their faces was priceless and kudos to Mr. Burnett, his foundation and to the Miami Dolphins organization. What he did for the kids tonight is just going to resonate with them forever.”

There was a similar sentiment among the representatives of the Dade County school district.

“None of these kids have ever had a laptop and probably would never have one,” said Mark Zaher, Director for District and School operations for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. “I think Kevin has really stepped apart and has stepped out to do things on his own through his own foundation. He has a passion for education and went to college to be an educator and I think that translates very well in what he’s doing here. I think education is that important to him and he recognizes that technology goes hand in hand with education.”

Burnett was happy to see so many of the kids choose a laptop over the tablet because it indicated to him that they were serious about their education.

“It’s big for me because nowadays you’ve got the world at your fingertips,” he said. “So it shows that they’re really focused on what they want to do and they’re not necessarily going to use it as a toy. I don’t want to change the world. I just want to hold down my corner.”

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