Three time CFL West Division all-star, and B.C. Lions linebacker Adam Bighill was in Fort St. John today to talk to school students about the importance of making good decisions, teamwork, and setting goals. Bighill made his appearances at Bert Bowes Middle School, and Dr. Kearney Middle School and has more stops in the Peace planned for tomorrow.

Bighill said that the Lions were in Fort St. John last year as well so coming back was an easy decision.

“We do these programs all across B.C. We try to get out in different areas. last year we came to Fort St. John and Williams Lake so we try to get out as much as we can and this is an area that we like coming to.”

Bighill added that children at both schools seemed to take in the message well and were appreciative of him going to speak to them.

“The kids had a good time because we incorporated a lot of games and activities,” he said. We keep their attention and they are very respectful when we talk and listen to our stories and we get a lot of kids coming up and saying thank you and shaking hands and high fives. We always feel like it goes really well.”

Appearances in the community is not something athletes are forced to do but for Bighill who never had athletes speak to him as a youth, he felt the need to pass on his experiences and philosophies in hope that it would inspire those in attendance.

“Getting out in the community, I find it fun,” he explained. “When I was a kid growing up I never had a professional athlete come speak with me or give me any words of encouragement or advice. When the Lions had this opportunity for us to reach out it made a lot of sense for me. I wanted to give back. I enjoy working with kids and coaching and training kids, giving motivation speeches and live talk.”

Tomorrow Bighill will be continuing to talk to children at schools in Flatrock and Hudson’s Hope.