BYU football welcomed Thursday’s Heroes to campus for food and entertainment at the Smith Fieldhouse Saturday. Athletes and coaches spent time talking, taking pictures and signing autographs with the families.
Among the Thursday’s Heroes who attended was Drae Endicott, who was first named a Thursday’s Hero in 2009.
“This has just been a really fun thing for him,” said his mother, Beverly Endicott. “We love BYU and we love that he can be a part of this. He loves talking to players and having access to them. It makes his day.”
Every week during the football season, an individual or a family with special needs is identified and invited to attend a team practice. At the conclusion of the practice, “Thursday’s Hero” is introduced to Bronco Mendenhall and recognized by the team members in an informal ceremony.
“I think it’s such a great program,” senior linebacker Tyler Beck said. “It helps keep us grounded, and it is able to help give other people hope as well as give us hope that we can overcome anything.”