What is Building Dreams? Building Dreams is a yearlong series in Jack and Jill that’s presented by Forever-Fit Summer Camp coach and former NFL Colts player Marlin Jackson and his Fight for Life foundation. In this series, Jackson offers winning strategies to help readers dream big, believe in themselves, and achieve their goals through his foundation’s Building Dreams initiative. Readers learn about a different topic in each issue, and are asked to participate by answering Marlin’s questions for a chance to win prizes and join his 2017 Dream Team! (For more about Fight for Life’s Building Dreams initiative, visit their website.)
How to Participate: Readers can complete and mail in the clipboard section from the magazine to Jack and Jill, P.O. Box 88928, Indianapolis, IN 46208. Make sure to include the participant’s name, age, state, and photo. All submissions become the property of U.S. Kids. Kids who don’t receive the magazine can also participate by completing and submitting this downloadable form.
Prizes: All participants receive an autographed picture of Marlin Jackson. One winner from each issue will be named by Coach Jackson to the 2017 Dream Team and receive a swag bag containing a keychain, water bottle, and sunglasses. Coach Marlin’s MVP, chosen from the Dream Team, will win an NFL jersey of his or her choice. The Most Valuable Player will be named on October 15, 2017.
Our Current Topic: In our March/April issue, we focus on how having self-respect and respect for others can help kids make good choices and be the best person they can be. Marlin’s Motto: “In all situations, whether you are calm or angry, respect those around you. Give respect, and you’ll get it in return. Always treat others the way you would like to be treated.” His questions for readers: What happens when people are treated with respect? Who is the most respectful person you know, and why?
More About Marlin: Marlin Jackson had a tough childhood: Dad wasn’t around, Mom was addicted to drugs, and he moved from home to home. Despite the obstacles, he worked hard in the classroom and on the field. As a college player, Jackson made a promise to himself to share important life lessons with kids. And that’s what he is doing! In 2006, he started the Fight for Life Foundation to help young people create a better life for themselves and a better world for all.