Flushing, NY (NYSportscene.com) – Citi held its final Citi Kids event of the 2014 season at Citi Field before the New York Mets hosted the Chicago Cubs on Monday. The event featured recently retired New York Giants running back David Wilson who shared his inspirational story with local children ages 11-14 from the United Neighborhood Houses.
Wilson, 23, was selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Giants (32nd overall). A Virginia Tech football star, Wilson was named the 2011 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and holds the Hokie records for most 100+ performances and career yards-per-carry. Wilson’s promising NFL career has been stalled over the last year due to reoccurring neck injuries and suffering from spinal stenosis, which led to surgery in early January 2014. On August 4, 2014, Wilson was ruled out for the year due to continued neck problems and advised not to play football again. Wilson announced his retirement from the NFL on August 6, 2014, and ended his short-lived career as a professional football player.
Now in its sixth season, Citi Kids is an educational and motivational community-based initiative for New York City middle and high school students developed by Citi. The program highlighted the importance of financial education and saving money via Citi’s Teach Children to Save initiative.