On Saturday, the Niners signal-caller joined nearly 600 other volunteers who’ve led a search party for missing California teenager Sierra LaMar.
LaMar, 15, has been missing since March 16 and was last seen on her way to school in Morgan Hill, a city in close proximity to San Jose.
Smith, on his own accord, helped out by bringing food and water, and searched high and low through all types of terrain within a 20-mile radius of LaMar’s home.
Marc Klaas, founder of the KlaasKids Foundation, was genuinely touched by Smith’s selfless efforts.
“He wasn’t there for attention. He was there to search,” said Klaas. “It was about his heart. It’s certainly a touching thing, and it’s a huge thing, too. By showing up, he provided a value that went well beyond his own presence as a searcher.”
You can say what you want about Smith, but you’d be hard-pressed to find many other players — let alone starting quarterbacks — that are willing to step out of their posh mansions and gaudy lifestyles in a show of good humanitarianism.
“For somebody of that stature to take his own initiative and do something like this, to show that he cares about the family and the community, I’m just thrilled, and I imagine Sierra LaMar’s family is, too,” Klaas said. “It shows you the kind of person Alex Smith must be.”
[H/T Bay Area News Group, Photo: AP]