HOUSTON (KTRK) --A group of female athletes from Aldine ISD received quite the surprise this afternoon. Country megastar Carrie Underwood greeted them outside the Baybrook Mall.
Underwood teamed with Dick's Sporting Goods and donated $100,000 to the district's girls sports teams. Students Amorie Wallace and Kat Fernandez broke down in tears.
"I tried not to cry, but I couldn't hold it," said Wallace.
"I just started tearing up when I saw her," said Fernandez.
Eyewitness News reporter Steve Campion went one-on-one with Underwood after the event. In the exclusive interview, Underwood said she wants to see young girls active. She said sports help build character.
Full interview with Carrie Underwood:
"I grew up playing softball and basketball. I was a cheerleader for a little bit. It was fun but you also learn so many life lessons from sports," said Underwood. "You learn how to win and lose together. How to work as a team. You're taking direction from someone who is not your parent."
Dick's Sporting Goods opened 10 stores in the Houston area today. CEO Edward W. Stack spoke with abc13.
"We're happy to be here in Houston. We're a family business," said Stack. "We're looking forward to bringing our family style of business here to Houston."