From the moment Malcolm Mitchell stepped in front of a gymnasium full of students at Garden City Elementary School in Savannah, Georgia, his passion and love of reading was clear.
The New England Patriots wide receiver spent his bye week reading his book, “The Magician’s Hat,” to the kids. Mitchell’s reading came after Georgia attorney Ken Nugent helped to donate 3,700 books to the Savannah – Chatham County Public School System.
“For me, when I began to read, my eyes opened up,” Mitchell said as he expressed the importance of reading. “Before I read, my mind was like a cage. I could only think a certain way depending on the things I saw growing up, but when I was able to read I started experiencing the world from other people’s point of view. So instead of looking from inside the cage, I was on the outside looking in.”
Along with reading his book for the children, Mitchell stressed the importance of reading because it can unlock your imagination.
When you read, you can be anything you want to be. And Mitchell showed that with an amazing story about a carrot, egg and coffee beans.
Mitchell is currently working on a second children’s book and has plans for a novel. While he couldn’t go into too specific of detail about his next book, Mitchell did say that it will focus around overcoming adversity and it will again be very personal.
“It’s going to be about overcoming adversity,” Mitchell said. “That’s as much as I can give. I always try to put a personal touch in there. The whole story is about things that happened to me. There’s some part of me in every book.”
Mitchell — one of three Patriots players to have penned a children’s book along with tight end Martellus Bennett and wide receiver Julian Edelman — noted that the biggest inspiration since going on his journey as an author has been the children. With a smile plastered across his face, it’s clear that Mitchell does find true joy in sharing the magic of words.
“There are so many lessons you learn that make you who you are in life,” Mitchell said. “A good example: You grow up, hang out with 15 people. All their lives take a different route, whether it’s good or bad, but somehow you always have two or three individuals that overcome whatever adversity is given to them. Through my books, I try to send some messages like reading.”
By continuing to travel and share the importance of knowledge and reading, Mitchell is always making a positive impact wherever he goes.
Hats off to you, Malcolm. Keep being awesome.
You can check out more photos from Mitchell’s visit in Savannah below: