Trio Featured in 'McFarland USA' Visit Pharr Students

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PHARR - Choosing the right path in life and getting a good education were just some of the messages delivered to thousands of Rio Grande Valley migrant students Thursday.  Migrants in Action sponsored the event held in Pharr.

The students first watched the Disney movie “McFarland USA.” It’s based on the true story of a 1987 cross-country team from McFarland, California. The film stars Kevin Costner as Jim White, the school's coach, who leads the team to win a state championship.  Brothers David and Danny Diaz were on that team.

After the movie, all three surprised the students with an appearance at the conference.

“We assist the school districts in bringing mentors such as the McFarland USA brothers and the coach,” said Migrants in Action spokesperson Noemi Moure. “We make sure that we bring in keynote speakers that have been migrant student themselves and have exceeded the expectations in terms of education.”

David Diaz added, “We are living testimony and proof that the movie has a theme, and that is that champions can come from anywhere. If they came from McFarland - which is a miniscule insignificant little town that if you blink you are going to miss on the freeway - they can come from wherever you are. Because champions indeed can come from anywhere.”

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