SB50 tickets found in San Francisco sold to benefit elementary school

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A pair of pricey Super Bowl 50 tickets that were found at the NFL Experience in San Francisco was sold to help children in the Tenderloin. (KGO-TV)

Last week we brought you the story about a Bay Area educator who found a pair of tickets to Super Bowl 50 while visiting the NFL Experience in San Francisco. He tried to find the owner, but never did. So instead, he turned it into a tool to help children.

It started Friday at the festivities for SB50. Christian Huang and his family were buying t-shirts at the NFL Experience when he saw a black unmarked envelope on a counter. Thinking it was some kind of promotional material, Huang took it and opened it up later at lunch.

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"I opened up the folder, opened up the envelope, and then it was two Super Bowl tickets," he said.

The rest of the day was tough.

"I was just trying to figure out who I should invite to the game, I wanted to go," said Huang. "And then the next three hours, I was trying to figure out how much money I could get out of them."

Well, he found out the tickets were 14 rows up; great seats worth thousands on the resale market.

On Friday night, Huang started getting anxious about doing the right thing.

"I didn't know who to call," he said. "I called you, I called the San Francisco Police Department, and I called Moscone security center.

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Huang's wife added, "I thought for some weird reason he bought them."

ABC7 News put Huang and his wife on the 11 p.m. news Friday night. But still, nobody responded.

Huang, by the way, is the headmaster of City Academy.

To fully appreciate this story, you have to know that City Academy is a Christian school serving the children of the Tenderloin, kids from mostly immigrant families. Eighty five percent of the kids there live below the poverty line.

Huang decided to leverage the tickets.

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He posted on his Facebook that if someone would give a scholarship for a student for one year, they could have the tickets.

Huang explained, "A check for $8,500 bucks, I'll give you these two Super Bowl tickets. And within 20 minutes they were gone."

Guy Anthony and his wife bought them. Super Bowl Sunday was his 60th birthday. It was a win win for him.

"This was really a blessing that, you know, we could spend a fair bit of money and know that virtually all of it was going to a great cause,' he said.

A great predicament that ended magnanimously.

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