Two former pro football players with ties to the Grand Valley are in Fruita this weekend to help local students continue their education.
Former Mesa Maverick and Kansas City Chiefs player, Walter White, along with former Broncos player Larry Evans were at Rib City Friday night to prepare for the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday.
White and Evans will help present scholarships to Fruita Monument High School graduating seniors pursuing higher education. Fruita Chamber of Commerce officials said there's no better way to build the scholarship fund than with athletes that have strong local ties, while White and Evans said it's just about giving back.
"I love coming back to Grand Junction, it's just a great feeling," said White. "You get to meet people every day. We are here as former players and also alumni here at the university to encourage other people."
"I think it's awesome what they're doing in the city of Fruita," said Evans. "Recognizing that we can help someone. Life is all about helping people."
If you're interested in attending the awards banquet. It's Saturday, Feburary 11 at the Fruita Rec Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for cocktail hour. The evening will include a silent auction with NFL memorabilia as well as a chance to win two tickets to the next Broncos vs. Kansas City game. You can purchase tickets at fruitachamber.org.