Rapper and Actor Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris made the day and school year for a group of students in Miami. Luda gifted the students with over $75,000 worth of musical instruments.
During Super Bowl weekend, Ludacris, spent his time giving back to the students at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School. Through his nonprofit, Luda Cares Foundation he partnered with StubHub and Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF) to gift the instruments. In 2015, StubHub and MHOF pledged millions of dollars in instruments to Title 1 schools with strong music programs. Luda found out about their work and decided he should get involved beyond, Atlanta where he is from.
Luda said to reporters, “I have to pay it forward, man. I always have to lead by example. I always say, with great power comes great responsibility, and I literally just landed [in Miami] about an hour ago, and this is the first place that I came to.” Once he arrived at the school, the students greeted him to screams out f excitement and when they learned of his gift to the school, they erupted even louder in gratitude. Luda was joined by his mom, the head of his foundations' operations.
Michelle, a student at the school said, “I’m ecstatic. I have honestly no emotions. I can’t even put it into words. I’m just so excited, so grateful, so blessed. It means so much to the program, so that we can expand, so we can grow, so we can do more, so I’m really, really happy about it all."
Band Director, Kevin Segura, said, “This means, you know, that we’re actually going to have music education here at HMI. You know, because of budget cuts, we don’t have the instruments that we need for all the kids.” Segura was also gifted two tickets to the Super Bowl in a surprose to him.
Ludacris went on to say, “You can feel the energy. You can feel how much love there is in this room, not only for their band director and their band teacher, but surprising them and giving them $75,000 worth of equipment, which is obviously something great to boost confidence. It feels phenomenal. It feels great.”
Good stuff Ludacris. Keep setting an example for the youth!