You may not be familiar with the name Rico Dickerson, but you most likely are familiar with his trademark, a Superman cape.
Dickerson, a junior from Memphis, Tenn., may be seen around CU’s campus on a daily basis sporting the superhero’s familiar garb and logo.
Why you may ask?
Because Dickerson is representing the one he believes to be the true Superman.
“Jesus is my superman, and I want to be just like Him,” Dickerson said.
Dickerson’s passion was sparked by Project Transformation (PT), a Christ-centered camp program designed to offer a safe, caring environment for inner city kids during the summer.
“Project Transformation amplified everything in me,” he said.
Dickerson interned at the Dallas PT location over the summer, working closely with about 90 other interns.
All of the interns were housed on Southern Methodist University’s campus, and together they served almost 900 inner city children in Dallas through eight different church sites.
Dickerson and the other interns worked with the children on a daily basis, leading activities and Bible studies, and also helping the children with reading.
There were different reading levels, and Dickerson worked with middle school aged children who were of a level 2 reading capacity.
The interns also conducted different icebreakers to get to know the children. One of these icebreakers was called TAG (Talking About God), where the children could discuss and ask questions about God and church.
The children were also able to help with daily worship services.
The last week of camp is called Urban Camp, and the children were divided up into different colored teams.
“Our team was called the Platinum Swag Avengers,” Dickerson said. “That last week is so amazing, but emotions are high.”
One of the activities that really stayed with Dickerson involved different superheroes, which inspired Dickerson’s current fascination with Superman.
“That and the song ‘Jesus Is My Superman’ really got me into the Superman thing,” he said.
“Without this experience [with PT], I wouldn’t have the presence that I do at Campbellsville University,” he said.
He hopes that he can use his influence to glorify God.
“God gives us all a platform to glorify His name, and some of us waste our platform. I want to do all I can to praise Him.”
Dickerson said he likes the attention that accompanies the outfit, but his intention is that God is the one who will ultimately get the glory.
“I don’t let it go to my head” he said.
Dickerson is a physical education major and is active on Campbellsville’s campus.
He is number one on the Fighting Tiger Football team, and also headed the movement to bring the Athletes in Action ministry to CU.
Wed, September 19, 2012
by Sarah Ames