As Yalies left New Haven for Thanksgiving, the city welcomed celebrities.
Comedian Bill Cosby, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and Yale alum Wayne Pacelle ’87 visited city schools.
Vick and Pacelle visited James Hillhouse High School and Wilbur Cross elementary school to talk about animal cruelty Tuesday, the New Haven Register reported. For Vick, these are stops on a national tour that is a part of his rehabilitation program after serving his sentence of 18 months in federal prison for running a dog fighting ring.
“Michael Vick has overcome all of the negativity, all of the doubters and he has rebuilt himself,” Hillhouse High School Principal Kermit Carolina said, according to the Register. “He’s put himself in a position now where he can have a major impact on kids who identify with him.”
Cosby was also in the neighborhood. He visited Southern Connecticut State University and the King-Robinson International Baccalaureate School. According WTNH, Cosby spoke to a crowd of parents and kids about the value of children and parental involvement in their education.
The Register pictured Cosby wearing a sweater (a typical fashion choice for him) with a big “Y” on it.