Articles in Category: Foundation Spotlight
When running back Maurice Jones-Drew entered the National Football League in 2006, many critics thought he was too small to be successful.
From the first time every young athlete steps onto a football field, they dream about winning a Super Bowl and holding up that Lombardi Trophy. James Ihedigbo, safety for the Baltimore Ravens, has now accomplished that but he isn’t completely satisfied. He aspires to help others receive the same opportunity that he was given.
If there’s one thing David Clarkson knows, it’s toughness. The 28-year-old New Jersey Devils winger fought his way into the NHL by being a gritty, hard-nosed player who gained a reputation as a physical checker, vicious fighter, and ideal teammate in the locker room. In his first full regular season on the Devils, Clarkson had 21 fighting majors. More often than not, he is fighting on the ice to stand up for a teammate who might not be able to stand up for himself.
Hall of Fame NBA star Walt “Clyde” Frazier headed the New York Knicks for 10 years between 1967 and 1977. When he retired, Frazier held Knicks records for points scored, games played, and assists. But it was Frazier’s style and charisma that redefined the character of basketball, significantly enhancing its popularity from New York City across the country.
When Moise Fokou, a linebacker with the Indianapolis Colts, thought about how to give back to his community, he only had to look back at his own life. He remembers when an organization came to his hometown and took local kids, including him, on a shopping spree for new school supplies.
That event still sticks out in his mind and became a driving force for his foundation. “I kind of looked back at myself growing up and thought about the things I wanted and how I wanted people to help me,” Fokou stated. “I want [kids] to feel positive about going to school and help them along the journey of education like I had gotten help as a kid.”
On December 5, Derek Jeter and Turn 2 Holiday Express brightened the lives of more than 600 New York City children at Yankee Stadium. The event was a celebration of the many young participants in Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation, providing gifts, activities and even a surprise visit from Jeter himself.
There are still a few days left in December but the holiday gifts came early for hundreds of children in Miami. Thanks to Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade of the NBA Champion Miami Heat partnering with the Premier Beverage Company, over $32,000 was raised during the “Art of Basketball: Heat Wave”. Bob Drinon, the President and CEO of Premier Beverage Company, personally donated $15,000. Non-profit organizations teamed up with Wade and Bosh off the court to pull together a terrific philanthropic effort to put food on the table for hundreds of families in need during the holidays this season.
This past Thanksgiving, former NBA All-Star Steve Francis teamed up with the Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington to provide Turkeys & Trimmings for families in need throughout Takoma Park. The event was held between Monday, November 19th and Wednesday, November 21st in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Chris Bosh and his charity Team Tomorrow Inc. brought smiles to the faces of 150 children from the Miami area during the third annual “Santa Bosh’s Workshop” at Game Time, in the Shops at Sunset Place last week. It’s difficult to describe the look of pure unconditional joy on the faces of the children from Chapman Partnership Homeless Shelter, Big Brothers of America, After School All Stars, Voices for Children, The Boys & Girls Club of Miami, Best Buddies and Make-A-Wish that night.
NBA Head Coach George Karl is ready for another battle. After successfully beating prostate cancer in 2005 and squamous cell carcinoma of his head and neck in 2010, Karl started a foundation to continue the fight against cancer. His eponymous foundation supports organizations dedicated to various aspects of the disease, including family facilities at inpatient cancer centers and educating patients about the importance of nutrition.
This past Monday night, Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould hosted a fundraiser for his charity Goulden Touch at AJ Hudson’s Public House in the North Side of Chicago.
Gould, the fourth most accurate kicker in NFL history, launched the Goulden Touch charity organization in 2011 to balance the incredible importance of giving to others, while also making charitable giving fun.
Jim Kelly’s versatile career began in the small town of East Brady, PA, about 55 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. As a standout quarterback in high school, he achieved all-state football honors and received a scholarship to play football at the University of Miami. Still, his outstanding football ability was equally harmonized by his infectious personality and enthusiasm for giving back to the community.
For the past 14 years, Ryan Dempster has been widely known for mowing down the most renowned sluggers around Major League Baseball. Dempster began establishing his Major League pitching presence in 1998, when he made his debut with the Florida Marlins. He spent two years with the Cincinnati Reds before signing with the Cubs in 2004, where his fun-loving attitude and warm heart dedicated to giving back to the community made him a fan favorite in Chicago.
On June 1, 2011, Josh Lindblom’s childhood dream of becoming a Major League Baseball player came true when he made his Major League debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Growing up in West Lafayette, Indiana, Lindblom attributes much of his success to those who impacted his life and, since then, has been committed to giving back to the community.
This past summer, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin hosted his second annual Austin Family Foundation Golf Outing and Dinner at the North Jersey Country Club in Wayne, NJ.