A Westfield High School senior said an experience that happened five years ago made him the person he is today.
Adam Dietz was selected as an eighth grader to be part of the Super Bowl bid program. Dietz was one of 32 kids who delivered the bid package for Indianapolis to host the 2012 Super Bowl.The students met at Lucas Oil Stadium and drew the team whose city they would travel to for delivering the bid package.
Westfield Washington Schools Superintendent Mark Keen said the ideal student was someone who could represent not only WHS, but the city of Westfield. He said Dietz was an obvious choice.
“It isn’t just about being a good student and good athlete, although Adam was both. It’s about being a good citizen, and Adam’s involvement at school and dedication to community service proves he’s not the kind of kid who revolves his life around school or himself,” Keen said. “Adam is the student you hope your child would grow up to be. That’s how we selected him.”
Keen said the opportunity to travel with Dietz and be part of the bid package process gives him a whole new outlook on the big game.
“It gives you a slightly different perspective of one part of the process for the Super Bowl,” Keen said. “It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the process a city and committee goes through, and also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students and myself.”
Dietz said the opportunity changed his outlook on football and ultimately changed his life.
“I would play football – kind of – every other year. I had a love-hate relationship with it,” Dietz said. “But after the bid process, I knew I wanted to stay involved in football. It solidified what playing football meant, and I played all four years of high school. I wouldn’t have the circle of friends I do now and have the opportunities to be involved in my community.”
Dietz said delivering the bid to Cleveland was just the beginning of his involvement with the Super Bowl.
“I’m volunteering for Super Bowl of Caring to help fans in need, and during the last five years, I’ve been helping with Baskets of Hope to give kids at Riley Hospital baskets with toys,” Dietz said.
Although Dietz said the program doesn’t provide free tickets for the students, he’s looking forward to watching the big game with his family like he does every year.
By Lindsay Eckert