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Patriots WR visits Tifton, shares message about reading

Malcolm Mitchell visited Northside Primary School on Friday. (Source: WALB) Malcolm Mitchell visited Northside Primary School on Friday. (Source: WALB)
Malcolm Mitchell is a wide receiver for the New England Patriots. (Source: WALB) Malcolm Mitchell is a wide receiver for the New England Patriots. (Source: WALB)
Mitchell read his own book to the students. (Source: WALB) Mitchell read his own book to the students. (Source: WALB)
Stacey Van Sumeren is a mother and member of the PTO. (Source: WALB) Stacey Van Sumeren is a mother and member of the PTO. (Source: WALB)
Students were very excited to welcome the star to their school. (Source: WALB) Students were very excited to welcome the star to their school. (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

An NFL Super Bowl champion and past University of Georgia star made a couple of stops in south Georgia Friday

Malcolm Mitchell visited Northside Primary School in Tifton Friday morning, where he shared a special message with students.

"I want you to know I believe in you," Mitchell told the students.

The NFL wide receiver, who just won the Super Bowl, is spending his free time back at school. 

For the rookie, his life is about much more than just football.

"Reading is something that was a passion of mine even before I got drafted. It's something I fell in love with when I was in college," said Mitchell. 

His message for kids is simple.

"I'm here because I want to teach you the importance of reading," he told them.

For some, it's easy to read a book and bring the words to life in their heads.

But Malcolm Mitchell admits he wasn't able to do that until he was in college.

"Growing up my challenge was reading," he shared. "I thought reading was just words on a page."

Today the 23-year-old is an author himself.

While in college at the University of Georgia, he published 'The Magicians Hat.'

Now he's traveling to schools with the 'Read with Malcolm, Share the Magic Foundation.'

He wants to share the importance of reading with kids. 

"I said reading is magic and I want to share that magic with everyone," he told them, after describing reading from Harry Potter and feeling like he was at Hogwarts, the school of witchcraft and wizardry.  

"Through reading they can reach their full potential, through reading they can be better than they ever have before," said Mitchell. 

With practice and reading he told them anything is possible.

"In life you'll face adversity, hard things that will knock you from side, even when you have some success," said Mitchell. "But if you hold on and you keep your fate and stay grounded, your dreams will eventually come true. Just never give up on them."

He may not reach every kid, but on Friday in Tifton, it was safe to say he opened the eyes of one or two. 

"I think before he was like a superstar, someone on a TV that they could maybe fantasize after," Stacey Van Sumeren, a mother and PTO member said. "But today I think he really became a real person to them."

After reading Mitchell signed autographs for kids and parents. 

Then he went to his his hometown of Valdosta to read with even more elementary students. 

Fore more information about his reading program, click here

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