Eighteen-thousand kids brought the energy to St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center Wednesday for We Day. Those who earned their way in through service saw celebs like Magic Johnson, rocked out with today’s hottest musicians and heard inspirational stories from speakers like J.R. Martinez, a soldier injured in Iraq who turned tragedy into strength. “I am where I am because of the support that I received from my community, and that empowered me not to hide behind a curtain, but instead show the world my scars and be proud of them,” Martinez said.
No matter what your interest– music, politics, entertainment, or kids just overcoming the odds — We Day had something to move you. WCCO-TV’s Aristea Brady was at Tuesday’s event, and said the quality of the day’s speakers was consistent and constantly inspiring.
It’s finally We Day, something students in Minnesota have been looking forward to for months. The first half of the day was filled with excitement, and the second half didn’t disappoint.
Spend some time with Free the Children founder Craig Kielburger, and you can feel the 30-year-old Canadian activist’s passion.
A group of students St. Cloud Technical High School first attended We Day in Winnipeg in 2012. They started earning their way to We Day in 2011 after meeting co-founder Craig Kielburger at the 2011 Civic Engagement Leadership Conference.
A large scale charity effort and concert series that’s taken Canada by storm is coming to Minnesota, as brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger bring We Day to the state.