IRVING — On Sunday morning, an 11-year-old boy from Terrell will bring down Texas Stadium with a push of a button.
Casey Rogers won a nationwide essay contest, but it was his big heart that helped him land this big honor.
At J.W. Long Elementary School in Terrell, Casey is a good student — just ask science teacher Jake Petit.
"He's energetic, inquisitive, he's easy to get a long with," Petit said. "He's a pleasure to have in class."
But what might not be apparent, is the size of Casey's heart.
On a recent spring night, Casey and his family worked the parking lot of a Walmart store in Irving, asking for donations for what the sixth-grader calls his "ministry," Casey's Heart.
When he was eight years old, Casey saw a homeless man, and it made him feel sad.
"I was adopted, so I know what it's like to be homeless. So I asked my mom and dad, 'You guys helped me — I'm going to help them.'"
Just days before Casey steps into the history books, he visited Texas Stadium. Casey saw a Cowboys game there when he was six years old.
The next time he visits, he will be the star attraction.
"Press the button, it goes 'Boom!' and it comes down," he said.
A spokesman for Kraft, sponsor of the implosion, said Casey's impressive essay stood out because of the difference he's making helping the homeless.
"We've even gotten some back on their feet in homes," he said proudly. "It makes me feel good because I know I got to help somebody."
Casey's dad, Russell Rogers, is delighted at his son's well-deserved attention. "I am as proud as an East Texas tick; if I was poked, I'd pop!"
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