As James Smejkal V watched the winter weather blast take aim straight at Texas, towards the end of last week it made him stop and think.
The Klein Oak senior thought about those not as fortunate. People that would struggle in a time like this with the temperatures dropping into the single digits set to happen in the coming days.
On Friday, Smejkal asked Klein Oak football coach Jason Glenn if he could set two donation boxes outside their athletic facility to collect items. Smejkal was asking for clean blankets, beanies, gloves, socks, chapstick, and hand warmers.
"James is a special young man!," Glenn wrote in a Tweet. "One of the most unselfish athletes I have ever been around! His parents are amazing as well and he gets it. This young man should win the noble peace prize for teenagers!"
By Sunday, the boxes were filled with 57 blankets, 43 beanies, 35 jackets, 30 chapsticks, 25 pairs of gloves and socks, and hand warmers.
"Giving back to the community that a lot of times are forgotten is a selfless small act that can impact their lives in a big way," Smejkal said. "We drove through our Klein community finding tents on deserted streets, individuals under bridges and on street corners."
We thank our community for all your support and making today a success. We stayed out until it was unsafe on the roads. Today was a very humbling experience. May everyone stay safe and Happy Valentines Day! @jstephens2021 @CoachJGlenn
— James Smejkal V (@JSmejkal_5) February 15, 2021
It was him and fellow Klein Oak athlete Jamal Stephens who loaded the truck and headed out to distribute the items they had collected.
The duo spent over six hours driving on Sunday until it became unsafe to be out on the roadways.
"It was a very humbling experience meeting people from all walks of life that were grateful for our small generosity," Smejkal said.
During the six-hour day, one encounter stuck with Smejkal.
"We met a man that just wanted the opportunity to take a shower," he said. "Upbeat and positive outlook, but stated, 'I could have $100, and still not be able to take a shower'."
The items that they weren't able to distribute, Smejkal said were donated to the Salvation Army that was then sent to the Barbara Bush Library, which is set to be used as a warming center.
"I was blown away by our community involvement and donations," Smejkal said. "I hope that my little brother, and others see that you can change so many lives by one idea and 20 seconds of insane bravery to step out of your comfort zone to make a difference."
VYPE Class 6A Helmet Stickers powered by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine: Bi-District (Dec. 10-12)
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Class 6A teams went into the first round of the playoffs and wow there were some amazing performances! See who earned VYPE Helmet Stickers this week. Here are the selections.
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Marquis Shoulders (@Marquis23_) - Tompkins
Full season highlights‼️ I will be signing December 16 #ReignCane 👑🌀. Note to self no Tx schools offered. Full video~ https://t.co/PGNpCADJ9O @HD7vs7 @simplyCoachO @GPowersScout @samspiegs @Perroni247 @MikeWestHTX pic.twitter.com/9k6Dfpl4M5— Marquis Shoulders 3🌟 (@Marquis23_) December 9, 2020
Last week in a 42-10 victory over Fort Bend Travis, Marquis Shoulders had a nice outing. The Tulsa-signee busted loose for 103 yards and a score on 17 carries and will be a big factor this week against Cy-Fair as the Falcons look to move on.
David Amador II (@IIAmador18) - North Shore
North Shore rolled past Deer Park last week, winning 59-6. One of the big targets for Dematrius Davis was receiver David Amador II. He finished the game with 105 yards and a touchdown on three catches, averaging 35 yards a catch. His lone touchdown catch went for 52 yards. Another weapon for the Mustangs at receiver.
Jaden Stewart (@JadenStew21) - Pearland Dawson
See highlights of @DawsonEagleFB vs @DickinsonFB and much more on @HTownHSS with @ToddFreed57 and powered by @vypehouston. Airing Mon. thru Wed. at 6pm, plus, Thurs. 4:30pm on @attsportsnetsw.@TJBURGESS4 @JadenStew21 @mar1onallen pic.twitter.com/VjhPCaDf2j— H-Town High School Sports (@HTownHSS) December 14, 2020
Pearland Dawson needed to make a second-half comeback against Dickinson in the opening round of the playoffs and ended up moving on with a 35-19 victory. Jaden Stewart was a big piece to the win as he rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in the win.
Bert Emanuel Jr (@BertEmanuel3) - Ridge Point
In a 56-20 victory over Seven Lakes, Bert Emanuel Jr was on point for the Panthers. Emanuel finished 10 of 14 for 201 yards and four touchdowns in the win for Ridge Point. The junior quarterback has surpassed 1,000 yards passing for the year and has 12 touchdowns.
Bishop Davenport (@bishoptheQB) - Spring
Bishop Davenport has been ultra-impressive this season for the Lions. In a 42-21 victory over The Woodlands, Davenport went 23 of 28 for 326 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for another 126 yards and two touchdowns as well for the Lions. Add it all up to a eye-popping 452 total yards and six touchdowns for Davenport.
Preston Hatter (@PrestonHatter2) - Klein Oak
Gotta keep your head high and beat the odds 🏋🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/7qY9cE0ScJ— PJ Hatter (@PrestonHatter2) December 14, 2020
There is another sophomore running back to watch in H-Town and his name is Preston Hatter. The Klein Oak back in a 30-6 win over Cypress Ranch, Hatter rushed for an impressive 168 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries for the Panthers in the win. That was his first varsity game of his career and what a way to start it!
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