Fidgety students awaited their big visitor Tuesday evening inside the cheerfully painted walls of the Overtown Youth Center.
“Hello, everybody,” Hillary Clinton greeted them as she walked in. She was met with a few gasps.
It was a day before Florida’s extended deadline for voters to register before the Nov. 8 election. Clinton was spending precious minutes with children mostly too young to sign up.
Some of them, though, would be taking part in their first election — if they filled out the paperwork in time.
“Get in the game,” they were urged — not by Clinton herself, but by a prominent donor and local philanthropist: Tracy Mourning, the wife of former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning.
The Mournings guided Clinton through the center, which opened in 2003 as a project of the Mourning Family Foundation. Students gathered for after-school programs, including one focusing on culinary arts and another designed around college prep.
That gave Clinton an opening to pitch her affordable-college plan.
Photo credit: Andrew Harnik, Associated Press