Utica Community Schools graduate and Green Bay Packers Football star Frank Zombo returned to his roots Wednesday to teach kids about integrity, hard work and determination.
Zombo addressed more than 1,300 sixth grade students at in Shelby Township during the first day of the 2-day annual , which was coordinated by the UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence.
Students had a chance to sit with working professionals and ask them questions about their career and what led them to their path.
After lunch, Zombo filled the students in on his background and the importance of the hard work, post-secondary experiences and his academic commitment, which helped guide his success.
Zombo attended Oakbrook Elementary and Heritage Junior High schools, and helped lead Stevenson High School to the state football finals when he graduated in 2005. He also played football at Central Michigan University, where he was an All-Mid-American Conference first-team selection at defensive end.
After playing at CMU, Zombo joined the Packers in 2010 for its Super Bowl championship season. His career totals include five quarterback sacks, 36 tackles and 12 assists. He is very community minded, speaking regularly to UCS students and participating in a mission trip in 2008 to Atlanta where he helped build houses and tutored inner-city kids.
Roop Raj, TV anchor and reporter with Fox2 news, will be the keynote speaker today.