Bo Jackson, Auburn officials surprise Chicago elementary students

Written By Allie Davison
Auburn University

Bo knows surprises. 

On Thursday, Bo Jackson and Auburn University officials including athletic director Jay Jacobs visited a class of Chicago elementary students, who created an Auburn-themed video that went viral, and surprised them with trips of a lifetime. 

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Jackson, a Chicago resident, invited the rising third graders to a White Sox game, where he played two seasons. Auburn will also host the class for a campus tour and its first home football game on Sept. 12 . The kids received bags filled with Auburn goodies handed out by Aubie, the university's mascot. Despite being on summer break, nearly the entire class came back for the special visit with Auburn's signature orange and blue shakers in hand as well as homemade t-shirts.

"We were all touched by these young students' preparation, passion for learning and expression of the Auburn spirit," Jacobs told "We're excited to be part of a university that cares enough to bring them to campus for an experience we hope will open doors and show them anything is possible."

According to the university, New Schmid Elementary is a Title I school, where at least 90 percent of the students live below the poverty line. Quinlan Matthew, teacher, believes most of the kids have never seen a city outside of Chicago.

“They know so much about Auburn," Matthew told "I feel like they’ll feel right at home there.”

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