Mike Ditka in La Crosse to benefit Boy Scouts

By: Sarah Moon
By: Sarah Moon

A legendary name in the NFL was helping the Boy Scouts raise money Monday night in La Crosse.

The Gateway Area Council has about 4,000 Boy Scouts in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Super Bowl winning coach Mike Ditka wants to help keep it going.

“I mean that’s the most essential thing in the world is to be prepared for everything every event and reality in life. Be prepared. It seems like a good idea,” said Mike Ditka

Ditka who’s a former Boy Scout said the organization teaches scouts great lessons and values.

“I think that too many kids today, they take the easy way out and life’s not always fair, but if you do the right things in life you can get ahead,” said Mike Ditka.

Monday night was the Golden Eagle Dinner, which raises money for camp scholarships, training materials for volunteers and overall operations.

Those involved with Boy Scouts said it’s an organization where anyone can be successful.

“There’s a place in scouting for every youth regardless of their physical abilities, they have the ability to achieve at the highest level that they set for themselves,” said Gateway Area Council Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America, Sean Henneman.

And scouts and famous former scouts we talked to said the organization helps build for the future.

“The Boy Scouts produce leaders in the next generation, like for myself I want to be a doctor when I’m older and I can kind of see myself as a leader in my community,” said Eagle Scout Curtis Williamson

“You better be able to instill in kids what’s right and what’s wrong and you’ve got to give them a moral foundation to live on,” said Mike Ditka.

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