On Thursday, Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe presented the Key to the City of Antioch to Isaiah Dunn who also took the opportunity to announce his new foundation.
Dunn, who played football for Antioch High School, is now a member of the New York Jets playing corner back—signing the largest undrafted free agent contract at $185,000. Dunn played college football for the Oregon State Beavers where he started in 26 of the 33 games he played. He was also a two-time PAC-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention.
“I found the practice of bestowing the keys to the city as a symbolic meaning… the freedom to enter and leave the city at will as a trusted friend of city residents,” said Thorpe.
He further explained why a key for Isaiah Dunn.
“The Antioch of today is a place for everybody. The spirit of prosperity and growth has transformed our city from a tiny town on the delta to a major player in the Bay Area. Like any city, we have had our challenges, growing pains, the challenges of growing pains are not divisions. They are a sign of a robust community coming together, learning about each other because they care about the future and well being of our city,” said Thorpe.
“Isaiah Dunn represents the best that we are and a whole lot more,” said Thorpe who thanked Dunn for inspiring others in the city.
After Dunn was presented with the key to the city, he shared a few words including announcing his foundation.
“I would first like to start off by saying how humble and grateful I am to receive the key to Antioch and I would like to thank everyone for coming here today to support me and to move forward I plan on giving back to the city that helped me,” said Dunn. “I am excited to announce that my foundation will be offering a scholarship and awarded to the student who exemplifies standout leadership in three areas that I have always been important to me and that is academics, community service and athleticism.”
Dunn acknowledged that Antioch is a hard environment to be around given what one could get into outside of school but told them to stay focused.
“Anything is achievable if you put your mind to it and work hard no matter the circumstances,” said Dunn.
Supervisor Federal Glover was also in attendance to provide him with a certificate on behalf of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.
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