“I have been interested into going into the government for work and I feel like if I am going to go into the government, I need to know how civics and our government works,” said Mia Vizzerra, who will be a freshman at University High in Phoenix in the fall. “I feel like the history and government part of school is overlooked a lot. That’s why I think this is so great for kids that wouldn’t get the chance to do this.”
The students, 30 chaperones and some Cardinals staff — including Bidwill — climbed on the plane after a boarding process that was anything but normal.
As the kids checked in they were greeted by the Cardinals’ mascot, cheerleaders and a special appearance by wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who took photos and signed autographs. Once bussed to the tarmac, Bidwill and Ducey delivered a few remarks alongside Cardinals rookies who attended.
“I think this is awesome,” Hopkins said. “Something like this is life-changing. To go somewhere and do something they have interest in, I don’t think a summer trip could be much better. I think this is something that should happen every year, and happen in other cities as well.”
In Washington, the group will work with Close Up, a company with a long tradition of hosting students on D.C. trips. The hope is that friends and memories are made, but also that it inspires some as they eventually…