Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 10/23/14

From Larry Brown Sports:

Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum showed us what the Christmas spirit is all about.

The junior second-team All-ACC cornerback is preparing for his team’s Russell Athletic Bowl game against Rutgers on Friday. His team took a Christmas Eve trip to a local Best Buy where each player was given a $470 gift card to spend in the store. Instead of buying gifts for himself, Exum decided to spend the money on a few kids he saw in the store.

“Spent my $470 Dollar Best Buy Gift Card From The Bowl Game on These Three Kids I Met from Bahamas I Met In The Store!! Made Their Christmas!!” Exum wrote on his Instagram account.

According to The Roanoke Times, Exum had some headphones picked out for himself and friends before deciding to use the money on the kids instead.

“It was really all wants,” Exum said of the items he was thinking of buying. “It wasn’t anything that I needed or anything, so I just put it back and tried to help some kids out.”

Exum says he came across the kids when they were playing a demo version of PlayStation 3. He offered to take them on a shopping spree. The kids apparently were in disbelief, and they kept asking him if they really could pick out whatever they wanted.

The kids — two brothers from Florida and a cousin visiting from the Bahamas — ended up with a PlayStation 3, some controllers for the system, some PS3 games, and a Blackberry. The items totaled more than $500, so a few of Exum’s teammates chipped in to help cover the cost.

Why did Exum decide to use his money on some strangers?

“It just came down to at the end of the day, I was blessed to have a lot of fortunate Christmases when I was a kid,” Exum told The Roanoke Times. “So I hope that every kid deserves to have those perfect Christmases.

“So when I had the chance, I wanted to give those kids the chance to shop in my cart and get anything they wanted and hopefully it’s a Christmas that they won’t forget. And I know that it was a Christmas that I won’t forget because I won’t forget those smiles and the excitement on their faces when I told them they could get whatever they wanted in the store.”

What a fantastic gesture by Exum. Can you believe he is only 21 years old and putting the happiness of others ahead of himself? Exum has already graduated from Virginia Tech. It’s safe to say the finance major sure knows how to put his money to good use.

Photo credit: Anne Exum/Instagram

3 Comments:
  • God, I hope this guy makes it to the NFL. We need more positive black male role models. The guy just looks like a winner in that picture, and what can you say about what he did. Class act.

    I give you a virtual salute young man. Well done!
  • The NFl is 70percent black are you telling me that all the players are bad lol , did you read what CJ Johnson did for the kids at sandy Hook , and their are plenty of black athlete that do lots in their community but dont seek out the news to report it , they keep it to themselves , wow what a dumb comment
  • Hey idiot. Know what was in the top ten list of requested gifts from Santa this year? A DAD, you PoS idiot. You can read whatever the hell you want into my comment (and you DID since I said nothing you claim, you idiot), but we can't have ENOUGH good male role models. That too hard to grasp for a mental midget such as yourself?
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