SPORTS 101 ASSOCIATIONS, FOUNDATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS

49ers Academy

Since opening in 1996, the 49ers Academy in East Palo Alto has received a steady stream of support from the entire 49ers organization. The school serves 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who benefit from a small, nurturing and personalized environment. The 49ers Academy provides a caring community where the emphasis is on one-on-one relationships to promote academic success in children who have struggled in other school programs.  www.49ers-academy.org.

51 Ways for Charity, Inc.

Founded in 2005 by Carlos Emmons of the NY Giants and Takeo Spikes of the Buffalo Bills, the Foundation's mission is to support families of children that have been diagnosed with cancer and/or blood disorders through financial, spiritual and physical resources (gifts, time, etc.).

A.C. Green Youth Foundation

The mission of the A.C. Green Youth Foundation is to serve both youth and the communities in which they live by providing information about sexual abstinence and social issues that concern our young people and educating them to make responsible choices to prepare them for their future.  PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH believes that young people must develop morally, ethically, educationally, physically, and mentally to fulfill their dreams and goals in life. The underlying theme throughout is to accept each person for who they are, in an unconditional atmosphere of love and respect. www.acgreen.com.

Adalius Thomas S.L.A.S.H. Fund

Adalius Thomas is one of the most active Ravens in the community, donating time and financial support to organizations that assist underprivileged children. Thomas annually hosts a group of 45 students from the Knights of Valor chess team to take part in a chess tournament against Ravens players and, for his work in the community, was honored as a finalist for the Byron "Whizzer" White Humanitarian Award in 2004, given to the NFL player who best represents dedication to team, community and country. Also in 2004, Thomas hosted his 1st Annual S.L.A.S.H. (Sportsmen Lifting Academics and Sponsoring Hope) Golf Tournament with proceeds benefiting the foundation.

Allen Rossum "Healthy Kids Klub"

The Allen Rossum "Healthy Kids Klub" works with entire families to provide education on healthy lifestyles. The Klub activities emphasize good eating habits (nutrition) combined with athletic programs (healthy activities). www.rossumshealthykids.org.

Alonzo Mourning Charities, Inc. (“AMC”)

Founded in 1997, Alonzo Mourning Charities, Inc. (“AMC”) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that allows donors with valid interest in children’s issues the opportunity of giving to several charities from their one contribution. All benefiting organizations aid in the development of at-risk children and families, including those who have been abused, abandoned, and/or neglected.  It is the goal of the AMC to improve the quality of life, enhance educational and economic opportunities for all minorities based on the percepts of respect for family, education, spirituality, justice and integrity.  Together with donors, AMC makes it possible for young people to develop a better way of life and encourages them to dream and reach for a more positive future that might otherwise have been thought unattainable.  AMC supports organizations and programs that provide human services and mentoring in several locations in addition to South Florida, such as Hampton Toads, VA and New Jersey.  www.amcharities.org.

Amani Toomer Foundation

In 2001, Amani Toomer and his wife Dr. Yola Dabrowski, founded The Amani Toomer Foundation (TATF).  TAFT if a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the awareness of, and providing resources to after-school recreation programs in the New York metro area.  The mission of TATF is to identify established after-school programs in these underserved communities and assist them in furthering their efforts.  www.amanitoomer.com or www.amanitoomerfoundation.org.

American Baseball Foundation

The mission of the American Baseball Foundation is to: 1) build confidence in individuals, 2) strengthen communities through sports education, and 3) orient coaches, parents and families in nurturing children through recreation, competition and learning.  www.americanbaseball.org.

Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation

The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation was created to provide recreational and educational opportunities for at-risk boys and girls.  The Foundation strives to assist those underprivileged, abused and abandoned children who may be deprived of basic options in life.  The Foundation funds a combination of emotional, physical and academic programs designed to enhance a child’s character, self-esteem and career possibilities.  www.agassifoundation.org  or www.agassiprep.org .

Anquan Boldin Q 81 Foundation

In his second season, wide receiver Anquan Boldin established the Anquan Boldin Foundation, which is dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children in both Arizona and his home state of Florida.

Anthony Weaver Foundation

The Anthony Weaver Foundation was established in 2004 with the purpose of providing both financial and personal assistance to children living in the Greater Baltimore Area and Saratoga Springs, NY. In living up to his high school and college nickname, "Dream Weaver," the Anthony Weaver Foundation will assist in making the dreams of children become a reality.

Athletes for Charity, Inc.

Athletes for Charity, Inc. is a New York based organization aimed at supporting the philanthropic and volunteer efforts of Athletes of all genres, by providing avenues for the exchange of information, fundraising assistance, and the coordination of community service and development initiatives.  Athletes for Charity, Inc. serves as a charitable organization dedicated towards encouraging the giving of time, financial resources, and information, to improve the collective lives of disadvantaged citizens, advance the common good, and support the non profit sector.  To learn more please visit www.athletesforcharity.com.

Barry Stokes Foundation

The Barry Stokes Foundation offers "hope for a better tomorrow" for youth as they grow spiritually, athletically and academically. The Foundation does this by supporting The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Striving After Self Sufficiency (S.A.S.S.) and The Davison High School Athletic Scholarship Fund in his hometown of Davison, MI. www.barrystokesfoundation.org.

Behind the Bench (The National Basketball Wives Association)

Behind the Bench was established in 1993 as a national non-profit organization by Founder Deborah A. Williams, PhD.  The organizations mission is to enhance communities through volunteer service and to financially assist deserving charitable organizations.  www.behindthebench.org.  

Brandon Burlsworth Foundation

The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation is the realization of a dream of Brandon Burlsworth himself. The belief that every child is a gift. The Christian organization’s mission is to support the physical and spiritual needs of children. In particular those children that have limited opportunities. The foundation encourages developing positive values, strong faith lives and a life pattern that would exemplify "Doing It the Burls Way." www.brandonburlsworth.org.

Brett Favre Forward Foundation

The Brett Favre Forward Foundation's mission is to provide aid to disadvantaged or disabled children in Wisconsin and Mississippi.  It was founded in 1995 and hosts three annual events to raise funds for the Foundation.  These events are: the Brett Favre Celebrity Golf Tournament; the Brett Favre Celebrity Softball Tournament; and the Brett Favre Steak Dinner.  The Foundation works with agencies such as Special Olympics, Make A Wish Foundation, Boys and Girls Club and Gaits to Success, to name a few.  Brett and his wife, Deanna, love children and are thankful that they are able to make a difference in the lives of children that are less fortunate than their own two healthy girls.   The Brett Favre Forward Foundation prefers to support organizations with a national constituency that provides programs in Wisconsin and Mississippi.  In order to fund worthwhile projects, charitable giving interests are focused on the following areas: Programs that help remove barriers to attain self-sufficiency for disadvantaged children and Youth programs for disadvantaged and disabled children.  www.brettfavre.com/foundation_contact.php.

Brian Billick - Living Classrooms Foundation

The Living Classrooms Foundation provides hands-on education and job training, focusing on at-risk youth and groups from diverse backgrounds. The foundation provides over 30 educational programs, emphasizing math, science, language arts, history, economics and ecology. The educational campus boasts the Crossroads Middle School, Project S.E.R.V.E., the Fresh Start program and the Mikulski Workforce Development Center. Ravens players visit the campus weekly throughout the season.

Brian Moorman Foundation

The Brian Moorman Foundation benefits Carly's Club at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and other charitable organizations through the "Kicking for a Cure" program. Donations will be made every time Brian punts the ball within the 20-yard line throughout the season. Learn more about Brian Moorman's foundation and how you can participate in "Kicking for a Cure" by visiting www.brianmoormanfoundation.org

Charlie Batch – The Batch Foundation

Quarterback Charlie Batch launched the Best of the Batch Foundation in 2002 to help support educational and recreational opportunities for underprivileged children. Activities include Project C.H.U.C.K., a six-week summer youth basketball league for inner-city children in the Homestead, Pa., the Pittsburgh suburb where Charlie grew up. The program targets children ages 7-18 and provides a structured summer recreational activity for children, which takes place in the evening so parents can attend.

Chris McAlister Foundation

The Chris McAlister Foundation raises money for the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena, CA and contributes food and money to Baltimore area churches so that they can provide support to needy families. In 2004, McAlister provided game tickets to the Echo House Multi Cultural Center in Baltimore, hosted a Halloween Extravaganza for over 300 area youth, donated food and supplies to 200 families for Thanksgiving and provided televisions and games to patients at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Outpatient Center for Christmas.

Christopher Zorich Foundation

The Christopher Zorich Foundation was established in 1993, and is committed to the realization of human potential - mind, body, and spirit. Our credo is 'One Purpose, One Goal,' which is to provide assistance and opportunities to disadvantaged Chicagoans, while striving to foster a sense of caring and fellowship, which crosses race, religious, economic, and social boundaries. www.chriszorich.org.

Coy Wire "Caring" Foundation

The Coy Wire Foundation was established to provide the city of Buffalo and surrounding areas with a support structure that will make the community a better place to live. The foundation supports programs that promote education, character building, and goal setting skills. To learn more about the "Caring" Foundation log-on to www.coywirefoundation.com.

Dan Marino Foundation

In March 1992, Dan and Claire Marino established The Dan Marino Foundation to raise money for various children's charities in South Florida. The Dan Marino Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting programs, which provide integrated intervention services for children with special needs - medical, emotional and/or behavioral.  The mission of the Foundation is to support integrated treatment programs for children with chronic illnesses and developmental disabilities, so they can lead healthier and happier lives. Through the generous support of public and private donations and special events The Dan Marino Foundation has distributed over $4,000,000. www.danmarinofoundation.org.

Darnell Dinkins - Maleness to Manhood Foundation

The Maleness to Manhood Foundation will target inner city youth and their families. The importance for positive male role models (e.g. father figures) is vital for the development of today's youth. The foundation will use athletics and education as tools and motivators to strengthen family relationships, focusing on young men ages 10-17, as most inner city youth are faced with negative peer pressure in this age range, but are also involved to a large degree in organized sports.

Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation

The Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation (DGYLF) believes that for children to grow into successful adults, they need to have security and development in four areas: values, education, home, and community.   The DGYLF helps to shape the lives of children whose family lives and circumstances have all too often limited their opportunities to realize their potential. The Foundation is committed to nurturing the child, strengthening the family, and rebuilding the community. The DGYLF embraces the idea that early support for children helps to ensure their successful future. To open the doors of opportunity for every girl and boy, we must all work together for their common good to guarantee their chance to lead educated and value-centered lives. Children deserve the support of caring adults who can guide them in achieving an education, realizing their goals, and becoming contributing citizens in their communities.  www.darrellgreen.com or www.dgylf.org.

David Macklin 27 Reasons Foundation

Cornerback David Macklin started the 27 Reasons Foundations to help children who are labeled “at risk” or have been separated from their father and/or family become positive citizens in their community. The number 27 represents David’s jersey number with the Cardinals. Through his foundation, David visits local foster homes and contributes tickets to Cardinals games, as well as other monetary donations to support the community.

Dell Curry Charity 4 Youth Foundation

The Dell Curry Charity 4 Youth Foundation prides itself on making a difference in the lives of Charlotte-area youth through its various life-enhancing programs – brightening their lives now and helping them to build a brighter future.  The Charity 4 Youth develops, operates, and supports structured, affordable and accessible after-school programs, computer learning centers, one-on-one mentoring, and substance abuse prevention and awareness programs.  www.dellcurryfoundation.com or www.DCCharity.org

Democracy Matters

In 2001, NBA player Adonal Foyle founded Democracy Matters to give college students a voice in the pro-democracy movement and an active role in the national dialogue on money in politics. Democracy Matters informs and engages college students and communities in efforts to strengthen our democracy. With campus-based chapters throughout the country, we focus on the issue of private money in politics and other pro-democracy reforms. Democracy Matters in this way encourages the emergence of a new generation of reform-minded leaders.  Student activism is essential to achieving the political reform that our country so badly needs. Our national network of Campus Coordinators mobilizes student ideas and enthusiasm to energize the national movement for campaign finance and democratic reform. Democracy Matters emphasizes the importance of community activism. Socially conscious students and concerned citizens can create a powerful force for deepening democracy. See Community Resources. www.adonalfoyle.com or www.democracymatters.org.

Dennis Martinez Foundation

The Dennis Martinez Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1997 by Mr. Dennis Martinez, the first Nicaraguan pitcher to play in the Major Baseball Leagues. The Organization’s main priority is to help the children in Nicaragua by building schools, stadiums, housing, and providing everyday meals, clothing, and medical care. This helps to keep kids out of the streets and away from drugs and crime. The Dennis Martinez Foundation offers programs and services that encourage self-reliance for children to work together in harmony, creating a better future for themselves. www.dennismartinezfoundation.org.

Derek Jeter - Turn 2 Foundation

The mission of Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation is to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "TURN 2" healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets that promote and reward academic excellence, leadership development and positive behavior. Turn 2's goal is to see the children of these programs grow safely and successfully into adulthood and become the leaders of tomorrow. www.derekjeter.com or www.turn2foundation.org.

Derek Rackley – The R.A.C.K. Foundation

The R.A.C.K. (Rallying Athletes to Care About Kids) Foundation improves the overall quality of life for individuals and families, centered on student-athletes and children. This vision can take many forms, as detailed in the many different charities that Derek is involved with in both the Minneapolis and Atlanta communities.
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Derrick Mason Foundation

The Derrick Mason Foundation will provide at-risk children and families in the Nashville area with opportunities to pursue their dreams. The foundation will provide interactive programs and events that directly benefit children who face serious challenges in their lives such as mental and/or physical challenges or the environment in which they live.  www.derrickmason.org.

Detlef Schrempf Foundation

The Detlef Schrempf Foundation was formed on January 1, 1996, by Detlef Schrempf and his wife Mari. The Schrempfs make the Northwest their permanent home, and as a result, have become an active part of the community. The Detlef Schrempf Foundation grew out of their concern for children, their belief in the value of a solid family life, and the desire to give back to a community that has given them so much. The Detlef Schrempf Foundation is primarily a "special event" organization, raising nearly all monies through organized sporting events, celebrity dinners, gala auctions, golf tournaments, etc. A portion of the foundations funds, however, are raised through speaking engagements and special appearances. Corporate sponsorships and private monetary donations are also a means of fund raising for the Detlef Schrempf Foundation. The foundation is interested in charity partners that complement its current mix of charity organizations, and at the same time, fulfill the Detlef Schrempf Foundation's mission. www.detlef.com.

Dikembe Mutombo Foundation

Dikembe Mutombo Foundation was created in 1997 in an attempt to eradicate many childhood diseases that have virtually disappeared in developed countries while those diseases are still life threatening to children in the Congo everyday. Honored with USA Weekend Magazine’s “Most Caring Athlete Award,” NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean Jacques Mutombo of the Houston Rockets has long been dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people in his birthplace, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  www.dmf.org.

Donald Driver Foundation

The goal of the Donald Driver Foundation is to help change the homeless mothers' issues each day with STRONG HANDS that build and strengthen instead of destroy and weaken, with STRONG MINDS that invent new ideas to achieve these goals, and with LOVING HEARTS that overflow with love and compassion. www.sundaydriver.net or www.donalddriverfoundation.com.

Donovan McNabb Foundation

The Donovan McNabb Foundation was established in June 2000 by Donovan McNabb in honor of his close family members that have been diagnosed with diabetes.  Over 15 million people in the United States alone have diabetes, but nearly 5 million people are unaware that they even have diabetes. Preventative measures, however, can reduce the possibility of the spread of diabetes. These preventative measures include educating, regular exercise, controlled diet, and regular checkups by a doctor.   McNabb started his foundation so that he could help provide awareness and improve the lives of those that suffer from diabetes, as well as the families of those who have diabetes. Visit www.donovanmcnabb.com or www.mcnabbfoundation.org.
 

Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc.

The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism’s mission is to aid financially disadvantaged families who need assistance in caring for their children with autism; to fund education and research into the causes and consequences of childhood autism; and to serve as a clearinghouse and communications center for new programs and services developed for individuals with autism. http://www.dougflutiejrfoundation.org.

Ed Block Courage Award Foundation

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation promotes the prevention of child abuse by raising awareness of the epidemic and assisting agencies who provide for the care and treatment of abused children in communities throughout the National Football League.  That objective is coupled with the Foundation's commitment to celebrating players of inspiration in the NFL. www.edblock.com.

Ed Hartwell –The Big Hart Foundation

The Big Hart Foundation enhances the social and intellectual standards of disadvantaged youth through scholastic and athletics, by instilling values such as team work, integrity and academic excellence.

Ed Reed - Eye of the Hurricane Foundation

Ed Reed established the Eye of the Hurricane Foundation to give back to his community. In addition to holding football camps at Destrehan (LA) High School and assisting youth in his hometown, Reed adopted Booker T. Washington Middle School in Baltimore. He visits the school regularly and provides tickets to students for Ravens home games.

Eddie Kennison Foundation

Eddie Kennison and his wife, Shimika, formed Quick Start – The Eddie Kennison Foundation in 2003 to make a difference both in the Kansas City area as well as Eddie’s hometown of Lake Charles, LA. The organization’s focus is two-fold – raising awareness about lupus and giving back to the community through its scholarship program. Shimika has been diagnosed as one of the 1.5 million Americans afflicted with lupus, so its mission hits close to home. Quick Start has partnered with the Lupus Foundation of America – Kansas City Chapter to raise awareness about the disease in the Kansas City region. Additionally, the foundation has created scholarships both in Kansas City and Lake Charles. These scholarships afford students with an opportunity to pursue their goals through advanced education. Through the foundation, the Kennisons would like to help many high school student reach for their dreams. www.eddiekennisonfoundation.com.

Edgerrin James Foundation

The goal of the Edgerrin James Foundation is to improve the decision-making process of youth and young adults, enhancing the quality of their lives and empowering them to make positive contributions to society.  Edgerrin James established the Edgezone in conjunction with Reebok, which provides 32 tickets to each Colts game so that underprivileged children can attend. The program encourages and rewards kids for positive choices in life. James also donated $250,000 to the University of Miami Athletic Construction Project. He hosts the Edgerrin James Charity Basketball Classic. Edgerrin James has worked with the Boys & Girls Club campaign and the Immokalee Pop Warner League.

Edwin Mulitalo - Big Ed's Band Foundation

Big Ed's Band Foundation exists to develop the gift of music in children by supporting the growth and development of instrumental music through providing instruments, repair, and other musical support for Baltimore schools. Big Ed's Band Foundation has adopted several Baltimore area high schools and holds several events throughout the year to support the band programs through the donation of new and repaired instruments as well as other needed musical items. For his consistent work in the schools, Mulitalo received an award from the Baltimore City Public School System in December.  www.bigedsband.com.

Eric Hicks -  The Hicks for Hearts Foundation

Eric Hicks established The Hicks for Hearts Foundation in 2001. Eric started the foundation after his daughter, Shayla, was born with a heart condition that required several surgeries when she was an infant. The mission of the foundation is to support children and the families of children with congenital heart defects. In addition, it is the goal of the foundation to assist these families in the healing process and enable additional research in the area of juvenile heart defects working in conjunction with hospitals, research agencies and other health care organizations. Eric also serves as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and is an honorary Chairman for their annual “Walk-A-Thon.” Eric is a spokesperson for the Midwest Donor Organ Bank and the March of Dimes, as well.

Eric Warfield

Kansas City Chief CB Eric Warfield is currently involved with The Love Fund, which strives to improve the quality of life for children by attempting to eliminate situations detrimental to their welfare. Throughout the season, Eric hosts children from the program at such events as pizza party/Arrowhead Stadium Tours and dinner/movie premiers.  In addition to his work with the Love Fund, Eric also allots time to support the Sunflower House. Through events like the Jolly Jingle Jam, which allows children coming from abusive or neglected backgrounds a chance to have a normal holiday, Warfield is making a difference with those children as well.  His passion for foster children comes from his mother, Rosie Warfield-McGill, who founded the Faith, Love & Hope Youth Corporation (FLHYC) in his native Texarkana, Arkansas. The FLHYC was created two years ago to provide programming and shelter to at-risk youth. Through FLHYC, Rosie helps to house some of the 76 foster children that reside in Arkansas’ Miller County. Without the generosity that this long-time foster parent has shown, the majority of these children would be forced to live outside the local area due to a shortage of foster homes.

Erick Dampier Foundation

The Erick Dampier Foundation was established to help develop and assist youth who do not have the same opportunities that others might have. Erick has always had a fondness for kids and it is his hope that through his foundation, he will be able to make a difference with both the youth of Mississippi and the youth of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. Erick has taken it upon himself to step up to the plate, not only financially, but by also donating his time and making countless personal appearances to youth organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs. It is his goal to try make a difference with our youth. He has made it his personal crusade to establish a foundation that is 100% devoted to youth development.  The Erick Dampier Foundation is community-based and employs four youth development professionals, fifteen part-time staff members and numerous volunteers. The foundation offers access to a variety of programs ranging from character and leadership development to education, health, life skills, athletics, fitness and recreation.  www.erickdampier.org.  

Gary Payton Foundation

The Gary Payton Foundation benefits underprivileged youth. It provides grants and supports community events that build opportunities in education, recreation, and overall wellness for at-risk youth who live in the greater regions of Boston, Massachusetts and Oakland, California.  Established in October 1996, The Gary Payton Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization. All funding is provided through fundraising, solicitation and direct contributions from Gary Payton. Gary Payton finances nearly all administrative costs allowing beneficiaries to receive maximum benefit from your valued contributions. http://www.gpfoundation.org.

Harrington Family Foundation

The Harrington Family Foundation believes every child has a right to receive a quality education and proper health care in a safe and nurturing community. It is the Foundation’s mission to provide support, either financial or through donation of autographed memorabilia, to local and national non-profit organizations who share a similar vision. The foundation recognizes the benefit of partnering, as needed to achieve our goals, with other respected organizations, businesses, and individuals committed to the belief that improving the quality of life for children today is an investment in the well-being of society tomorrow. www.joeyharrington3.com.

Jackie Robinson Foundation

The Jackie Robinson Foundation was founded in 1973 by Rachel Robinson.  The Foundation is a public, not-for-profit, national organization that awards four year college scholarships to academically gifted students of color with financial need, enabling them to attend the college of their choice. www.jackierobinson.org.

Jamal Lewis - Another Love For One Foundation

Another Love For One Foundation was established to improve the general welfare and educational opportunities available to low income individuals; extend charitable contributions to non-profit organizations in various communities; implement and fund recreational centers and youth organizations; and promote social and cultural programs that foster common understanding and diverse viewpoints.

James Family Foundation

The "King for Kids" Bike-a-Thon, is a first time fund-raising event hosted by NBA Phenom LeBron "King" James. The James Family Foundation has selected the Akron Area YMCA and its "Partners with Youth" campaign to collaborate with for this event. The YMCA and the City of Akron have pledged their full support of this event and look forward to help making it a major success for years to come.  The James Family Foundation will donate proceeds from this event to the Akron Area YMCA and the Akron Urban League.  www.lebronjames.com or www.lebronfoundation.org.

Jeff Gordon Foundation

For four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, victory lane is the place where hard work, determination and experience have combined for an amazing number of wins. Off the track, Jeff seeks to help children and their families gain their own victories over chronic and often debilitating illnesses through The Jeff Gordon Foundation.  Established in 1999, The Foundation primarily provides support for four designated charities, also offering support on a case-by-case basis for other charitable organizations. Overcoming serious illness is the biggest victory of all, and The Jeff Gordon Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to work with courageous children and their families.  www.jeffgordon.com.

Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation

The Bus Stops Here Foundation’s mission is to improve the overall quality of life for troubled and underprivileged children by offering the opportunities to help them succeed in life.  The organization was founded in 1996 to help underprivileged children in America’s inner cities, like were Jerome Bettis himself grew up.  The foundation believes that the first step to self-sufficiency must consist of a strong moral foundation. On this foundation, self-esteem, responsibility, education, and ultimately, employability are built.  www.thebus36.com.

John Starks Foundation

The John Starks Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by NBA star and Tulsa native John Starks. It’s mission is to implement innovative fund-raising methods that will enable the John Starks Foundation to provide financial assistance for disadvantaged youth in the form of academic scholarships and self enhancement through educational and recreational development programs. www.johnstarks.org.

John Thompson Foundation c/o The Giving Back Fund

The mission of the John Thompson Foundation is to highlight philanthropic role-models; to promote new philanthropy among women, youth, and people of color; and to increase the impact of philanthropy through collaboration and application of Leviathan strategies.  The vision of the John Thompson Foundation is a ‘society in which becoming a successful philanthropist is as valued and desirable a goal as success in athletics, business, entertainment, or any other field.”  www.givingback.org/thompson/thompsonhome.html.

Jonathan Ogden Foundation

Ogden helps students in inner-city schools achieve their full potential through athletics and education. Ogden also works with the Patterson High School "Play it Smart" Program and hosts an annual Holiday party at the Ravens' training facility for the student-athletes.   www.jonathanogdenfoundation.org.

Junior Seau Foundation

The Junior Seau Foundation was established in 1992 to raise money and resources for programs that inspire young people to face life’s challenges with enthusiasm, hope and dignity. Junior Seau uses his platform in the National Football League to raise money and resources for programs that help young people face their challenges with confidence.  The Foundation’s mission is: To educate and empower young people through the support of child abuse prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, recreational opportunities, anti-juvenile delinquency efforts and complimentary educational programs.  For over 13 years, the Foundation has given San Diego–area youth ongoing support in the form of scholarships and financial support for a variety of programs. While each of these programs is unique, all satisfy the Foundation’s overall mission.  www.juniorseau.org.

Keith Brooking Children's Foundation

The Keith Brooking Children's Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to serving foster children and the agencies that serve and support them throughout the metro-Atlanta area. The foundation strives to promote positive values through uniquely designed programs which encourage education, good health and self worth. www.keithbrookingfoundation.org.

Keith Bulluck Believe & Achieve Foundation

The Keith Bulluck Believe & Achieve Foundation provides happiness and benefits to children that are currently in the foster care system of Middle Tennessee Agape Center, Nashville Department of Children Services and My Friends House. “Individuals go through life having to play the hand that is dealt to them; some have less fortunate hands than others.” The goal of the foundation is to give children in the foster care system a greater chance of reaching their goals, despite some of the unfavorable hands that have been dealt to them.  Learn more about the foundation at  www.keithbulluckfanclub.com or www.keithbullock.com.

Kevin Mathis Foundation

The Kevin Mathis Foundation creates and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to remain focused on their educational and professional goals and encourage all citizens to be actively involved in their communities.  www.kevinmathisfoundation.org.  

Kicks For Kids

Kicks for Kids is a non-profit organization that has earned a wonderful reputation for providing at-risk children with opportunities to pursue their dreams. Our teams provide interactive programs that directly benefit children who face serious challenges in their lives whether due to mental or physical challenges or the environment in which they live.  Both Doug Pelfrey and David Aker’s have established Kicks for Kids programs.  Kicks for Kids was founded in 1995 by Doug Pelfrey, kicker for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1993 - 1999. The David Akers' Kicks for Kids mission is to provide at-risk Greater Philadelphia/Delaware Valley children with opportunities to pursue their dreams. David Akers' Kicks for Kids provides interactive programs and events designed to directly benefit children facing serious challenges in their lives whether due to mental or physical challenges or the environment in which they live. www.kicksforkids.org.
   

Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation

The Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation is dedicated to impacting lives by promoting Christian values, sharing experiences and providing opportunities to encourage everyone that all things are possible when people seek to put ‘first things first.’ www.firstthingsfirstfoundation.com.

Lance Armstrong Foundation

The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) provides the practical information and tools that people need to battle cancer and live strong through education, advocacy, public health programs, and research grants. www.lancearmstrong.com or www.lag.org.

Lance Legree Foundation


Living Heart Foundation

The Living Heart Foundation, a non-profit entity, founded in 2001 by Arthur “Archie” Roberts, MD, who played briefly, while going to medical school, as a back-up QB in the mid-1960’s with the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins.  He later became a well-known heart surgeon.   The mission of The Living Heart Foundation is fivefold:  (1) Generate intense awareness of the importance of CV disease; (2) Perform early detection of CV abnormalities through screening; (3) Create a health stratification database; (4) Track the health data longitudinally; (5) Develop website education and lifestyle programs to empower people to counter adverse effects of persistent health problems.  www.livingheartfoundation.org.

Magic Johnson Foundation

The Magic Johnson Foundation was established in 1991 as a single-disease organization that worked to raise funds for community-based organizations dealing with HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs. The Foundation has since responded to the growing need to address all aspects of our youth's lives by expanding its mission. This expanded mission emphasizes the Foundation's focus on supporting community-based organizations and developing programs that serve the health, educational and social needs of those residing in inner-city communities. In addition, the Foundation has made a strong commitment to raise awareness about several health and social concerns that threaten under-served communities. www.magicjohnson.org.

Mark Brunell Foundation

The Brunell Family Foundation, established in 1997 by Jacksonville Jaguars' Quarterback Mark Brunell and his wife Stacy, provides financial and emotional support to help enrich the lives of terminally and critically ill children in the Jacksonville area. Mark's skills and spiritual dedication have fueled his successful career as a professional athlete. His strong family values spur his desire to give back to the children in his community. The foundation provides the opportunity for corporations and the general public to join Mark and Stacy and their family in their charitable partnership with Wolfson Children's Hospital. Thanks to events such as the annual Landstar Mark Brunell Charity Golf Tournament, The Whataburger Charity Softball game and a photograph session with Mark, the Foundation has enabled Wolfson Children's Hospital to purchase new equipment, saving the lives of hundreds of children. Reflecting the spirit of the Jacksonville community, Mark and Stacy together with generous corporate and private volunteers make it possible for children to believe in their dreams.  www.mark-brunell.com.

Marshall Faulk Foundation

The Marshall Faulk Foundation is proud to support many charities in and around the St. Louis Community. The Foundation’s goal is to provide assistance to inner-city youth organizations and underprivileged children. www.marshallfaulk.com/iplayer.html.

Matt Stover Foundation

The mission of the Matt Stover Foundation is to provide financial support to qualified organizations for charitable, religious, scientific and educational purposes. In 2004, Stover hosted youth at movie screenings, visited several schools and participated in the Ravens "Shop With A Player" program, providing gift cards to children to use for the holidays.   www.mattstoverfoundation.org.

Mike Logan

Safety Mike Logan grew up in Pittsburgh so he knows better than most what is needed in the community. That is part of the reason that Logan is starting his own foundation, "Logan's Heroes."“It’s about giving support to educational programs for those that come from distressed and disadvantaged situations," said Logan, "trying to get the criteria set for the mentoring and incentive programs. In all reality I just love children. I love hearing about their aspirations and dreams. When a child comes into the world they have no ideas about color or the types of people they want to be. They just want to be involved. If you take a kid to a field, he just goes out there and runs and wants to have fun. That’s what inspired me to do it.”

Mike Maslowski - Maz’s Mentors Foundation

Mike Maslowski has established the Maz’s Mentors Foundation which has a goal of enabling as many mentally-challenged adults as possible to live and work independently. He has sponsored the “Job Club” which prepares mentally-challenged students and adults for employment. Mike also serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Kansas City Foundation for Citizens with Retardation. He has also worked as a coaching intern at Kansas City’s Washington High School.

Mr. Baseball Foundation

The purpose of the Mr. Baseball Foundation is to perpetuate the historical significance of baseball through the website, funding and education for adult and children’s programs throughout the world promoting baseball, through community outreach programs, organized baseball programs, as well as education in the early history of baseball and to honor the father of baseball, “Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr.”  www.MrBaseballFoundation.org.

National Football League Alumni Inc.

The NFL Alumni’s mission is “Caring for Kids”, the Greater L.A. Chapter has a legendary track record of hands on staging of charitable events funding programs designed to keep kids healthy, educated and off the streets. The efforts of the NFL Alumni Inc. have benefited organizations and initiatives: "Youth of Americas Week," The Children's Museum at La Habra, the Children's Hospital of Orange, juvenile detention facilities, sports festivals, educational endeavors, as well as provide programs and motivational speakers for area civic groups.  www.nflala.org.

Orpheus Roye Foundation

Coming soon www.orpheusroye.com.

OWL Foundation

The OWL Foundation was founded in 1999 by Venus and Serena's mother, Oracene, to encourage the interest in education that is important to all the members of their family. The Foundation's mission is to ensure that every child is treated individually and provided the opportunity to learn. The foundation funds programs that address learning problems for individuals who experience academic failure. Its mission is to ensure that every child is treated individually and is provided with the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.  The OWL Foundation is funding youth education programs, including The Education Foundation of Collier County, from funds raised during the 2003 JPMorgan Chase Tennis Challenge.  The OWL Foundation provides special education assistance to the students selected by the school.

Pat Tillman Foundation

The Pat Tillman Foundation was created by the Tillman family following Pat's death. As a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization, the Foundation's goal and mission is to carry Pat's legacy forward by inspiring people to make positive changes in themselves and in the world around them. This will be accomplished through the implementation of a program called Leadership Through Action.  The Leadership Through Action Program provides the inspiration, tools, and experience to help tomorrow's leaders identify problems and social ills that touch them, develop potential solutions to those problems, test the solutions, and ultimately implement those solutions with funding from the Foundation or community. A key element of the program is that it involves today's leaders who participate and give back by serving as instructors, mentors, and coaches...creating a network of leaders.  www.pattillmanfoundation.net.

PeyBack Foundation

The PeyBack Foundation was established by Peyton Manning to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk. The PeyBack Foundation focuses its efforts in a three state region and has donated more than $900,000 to youth organizations in Indiana, Tennessee and Louisiana since 1999. The PeyBack Foundation distributes grants each year to community agencies in those states. The PeyBack Foundation has numerous programs for children. A detailed look at all of the Foundation's programs can be found on www.peytonmanning.com or www.peytonmanning.com/peyback.

Priest Holmes

Since joining the Chiefs in 2001, Priest participates in and supports his teammates charitable activities. Priest has formed a chess club at the Police Athletic League (PAL). This program will teach inner-city youth the game of chess as well as fostering the higher self-esteem and greater cognitive skills that are associated with the game. Most recently, Priest was honored by the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation at their 30th annual awards banquet. He was awarded the Special Achievement Award for Professional Athletics Presented by Sprint. As a child, Priest played in the Pop Warner League. Following his stellar debut season with the Chiefs, Priest was asked to be a speaker at the Annual Pop Warner Scholar Athlete Banquet in Orlando, Florida. At the 2002 banquet, Priest was honored as a top role model to youth that are involved in sports. Priest is also the owner of a sports club in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. The club provides free summer camps for kids, giving scholarships to underprivileged children. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was given one of three “Father of the Year” awards by the Afro-American Newspapers while with the Baltimore Ravens.

Rasheed A. Wallace Foundation

The Rasheed A. Wallace Foundation was established in 1997 to promote programs that enhance the quality of life for all people, and assist in the recreational and educational development of youth in Philadelphia, PA, Portland, OR, Durham, NC, and other selected communities.  The Rasheed A. Wallace Foundation’s mission is to promote the interests of its founder by making charitable contributions in communities where Rasheed has a presence. Funding recreation centers, youth programs, athletic teams & camps are central to the foundation’s purpose. Each program promotes social, cultural & academic development for youth. The Foundation extends charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations in communities where Mr.. Wallace has interest. Preference is given to organizations involved with recreation, athletic, social, cultural and education opportunities to the youths of their community.  www.rasheedwallace.com or www.rawallacefoundation.com.

Ray Lewis Foundation

The Ray Lewis Foundation is a non-profit tax-exempt corporation whose mission is to provide personal and economic assistance to disadvantaged youth. Ray has built a strong reputation on and off the field as a leader who cares enough to get things done. Since Ray first arrived in the Baltimore area, he has been a community staple when it pertains to helping the youth of our city. Most of the charities Ray chooses to partake in, he does without any fanfare.  The Ray Lewis Foundation is committed to enhancing the lives of today's at risk youth. www.raylewis52.com/foundation.htm.

Reggie Jackson Mr. October Foundation for Kids

The Mr. October Foundation for Kids is a private foundation that is principally involved in programs of its own initiative, rather then funding unsolicited grants.  Our area of focus is closing the digital divide, primarily working through academic channels and after-school programs.  www.reggiejackson.com or www.mroctober4kids.com.

Rod Coleman Foundation

The Rod Coleman Foundation helps kids in group homes develop life skills for a successful transition into independent living.  www.rodcolemanfoundation.org.

Roy Williams Safety Net Foundation

Williams launched The Roy Williams Safety Net Foundation (RWSNF) in summer of 2004. The foundation's mission is to provide the necessary assistance, resources and support needed to make a lasting impact in the lives of low-income single mother households.  www.roywilliams31.com.

Samari Rolle - Rolle With Me Foundation

Veteran cornerback Samari Rolle's charitable arm, the Rolle With Me Foundation, provides helping hands to those in need. With funds raised through several annual events, the non-profit organization purchases Thanksgiving dinners for families in need, provides equipment for youth athletic leagues and donates book bags and school supplies to underprivileged children.

Takeo Spikes Foundation

In May 2003, Takeo Spikes (TKO) teamed up with NY Giants Carlos Emmons to form 51 Ways, Inc., named after the jersey numbers of both players. The organization provides financial support to the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. TKO also supports the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo during the season. 51 Ways, Inc.’s mission is to support families of children that have been diagnosed with cancer and/or blood disorders through financial, spiritual and physical resources (gifts, time, etc.). Visit TKO’s website at: www.takeospikes51.com.

Tarik Glenn - D.R.E.A.M. Alive Inc.

Founded in 2001 by Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Tarik Glenn and his wife Maya, D.R.E.A.M. Alive, Inc. is a public charity committed to improving the quality of life for underserved youth in Indianapolis. The goal of D.R.E.A.M. Alive is to provide underserved youth with a safe and dynamic environment in which they can raise their expectations and self-esteem through: Discipline, Responsibility, Education, Achievement and Motivation.
Since its inception, Tarik and Maya have worked effortlessly to fulfill the vision of D.R.E.A.M. Alive, which is to build a community center near downtown Indianapolis. The facility will provide a safe and dynamic environment that will result in youth achieving improved skills and knowledge in academics, arts and culture, athletics, health and values. As well, the facility will offer life counseling, medical referrals, mentorship, and job training.
D.R.E.A.M. Alive is also committed to organizing and administering a variety of programs targeting underserved youth and their families. In July 2003, D.R.E.A.M. Alive conducted the 1st Annual T.R.U.S.T. The D.R.E.A.M. Youth Football clinic which provided over 250 Indianapolis youth with a growing and learning experience in the sport of football. For more information on D.R.E.A.M. Alive, please visit www.dreamaliveinc.org.

Terrell Owens Foundation

www.theterrellowensfoundation.com

Tim Duncan Foundation

The Tim Duncan Foundation funds nonprofit organizations in the areas of education, youth sports and recreation, and health awareness and research. Funds for the Foundation are raised through special events and fundraisers. To date, the Tim Duncan Foundation has raised over $650,000 to support its mission by supporting non-profit organizations and programs in South Texas, US Virgin Islands, and in North Carolina.  www.slamduncan.com or www.slamduncan.com/about-foundation.php

Tommy Maddox Foundation

The Tommy Maddox Foundation is a Christian, non-profit organization established by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox and his wife Jennifer in 2003. The Foundation's primary mission is to encourage and support disadvantaged kids in overcoming life's challenges through programs that provide spiritual growth and leadership opportunities.  Tommy was inspired to start the Tommy Maddox Foundation because of his own personal experience in overcoming life's challenges with the strength he found in having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. www.tommymaddox.org.

Tommy Polley Foundation

As a native of Baltimore, Tommy Polley is committed to building the community and established the Tommy Polley Foundation in May 2005 shortly after signing with the Ravens. Polley will focus on the youth of Baltimore and will work with them on life skills and mentoring, in addition to promoting youth football.

Tony Gonzalez Foundation

Tony formed the Tony Gonzalez Foundation which supports the Shadow Buddies program as well as Boys and Girls Clubs. Shadow Buddies are smiling dolls given to individuals, especially sick children and elderly, in order to help speed their recovery. The dolls have been distributed in Missouri, Kansas, California, New York, Texas, Hawaii, Washington D.C. and internationally. In addition, Tony provided 50 “Know Your Buddy Book” kits to school children in Missouri, Kansas and California. These books teach students about medical challenges and encourage them to increase their compassion and understanding of others’ differences.  For more information on Tony’s Elite 88 program, go to tonygonzalezfoundation.shadowbuddies.org or visit www.shadowbuddies.org.

Tony Richardson - Rich in Spirit Foundation

Tony Richardson formed the “Rich in Spirit Foundation” to extend a helping hand in order to uplift the lives and spirits of individuals who society has turned their backs on. He has partnered with Special Olympics, Athletes in Action, City Union Mission, Harvest Church, and The Dictionary Project. His goal is to build confidence, self-esteem and practical life-skills while nurturing spiritual awareness in order to improve the quality of life for these individuals. He is Kansas City’s spokesperson for “The Dictionary Project” and donates $5,000 each year to provide dictionaries for every 3rd grader in the Kansas City, MO School District. This is an on-going campaign with a goal to provide dictionaries to every third grader in a 5 county region.

Trent Green Family Foundation

Trent Green established the Trent Green Family Foundation which supports and develops family-focused programming which bolsters the quality of life for families of all social, economic and religious backgrounds. The foundation puts special emphasis on supporting those families who are faced with the challenges of dealing with chronically or terminally ill children or seniors. The Greens have partnered with these organizations since coming to Kansas City: Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Special Olympics, Project Warmth, KU Medical Center, and Meals on Wheels. This year, the foundation is funding a Child Life position at Children’s Mercy Hospital to oversee the Starbright World project.

Trent and Julie launched the entire Starbright World project while in St. Louis and wanted to continue their involvement at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Trent hosts a “Tailgate Party” open to the public at the Chiefs Practice Facility to benefit the Child Life Department at Children’s Mercy Hospital. The Greens have been associated with Ronald McDonald House since his playing days at the Washington Redskins. Trent, along with Grant Wistrom of the St. Louis Rams, was a spokesperson for the Special Olympics Car Raffle promotion. He also helped kick off the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Trent Green Golf Classic is held in the Spring benefiting the Niles Home for Children and as a result of the golf tournament proceeds, the foundation was able to purchase 2 passenger vans for the home.

Troy Vincent Foundation

In an effort to create a vehicle to implement a more strategic approach to community building and impact whole neighborhoods, the Vincent family founded The Love Thy Neighbor Community Development & Opportunity Corporation in early 2003. The Love Thy Neighbor Community Development & Opportunity Corporation is committed to comprehensive community development and strives to build thriving neighborhoods by creating opportunities for positive social and economic change. To learn more about Love Thy Neighbor log-on to www.ltncdc.org.

Warrick Dunn Foundation

After being drafted to the NFL by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1997, Warrick Dunn established a program called “Homes for the Holidays” as an effort to keep his mother’s dream of homeownership alive through other single mothers working hard to provide for their families. “Homes for the Holidays” assists single mothers in owning their first home by providing the down payment on a house and then filling the house with everything a first-time homeowner would need including: furniture, food, linens, lawn mower, gardening supplies, washer, dryer, dishes, pots and pans, etc.  This program is the primary focus of the Warrick Dunn Foundation and to date has assisted 45 single mothers and 120 children in Atlanta, GA, Baton Rouge, LA and Tampa, FL.  The Warrick Dunn Foundation provides assistance for single mothers who are making headway towards family economic security.  The Warrick Dunn Foundation strives to be a national leader in asset-based efforts to strengthen single parent families.  www.warrickdunnfoundation.org.

Will To Succeed Foundation

Will Shields, Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro Right Guard, along with his wife, Senia, created the “Will To Succeed” Foundation in 1993. Established for the purpose of inspiring, guiding, and improving the lives of abused, battered and neglected women and children, the Foundation facilitates programs and gives direct assistance and resources to individuals, families and other charitable organizations.  Nurturing experiences and personal opportunities are also provided for those in the inner city who have little or no access to other assistance. Will to Succeed is a project of love, dedication and vision working to touch others' lives, in the process of creating a healthier society for us all. www.willtosucceed.org

Women Involved in Sports Evolution

Women Involved in Sports Evolution's mission is to provide training programs designed to propel individuals to their personal level of physical and/or athletic excellence. www.womeninsports.org.

Women’s Sports Foundation

Founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King, the Women’s Sports Foundation is a charitable educational organization dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.  The mission of the Women’s Sports Foundation is to advance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.  Web: www.womenssportsfoundation.org.

Youth Deserve a Chance to Dream Foundation

The Marion Magloire Youth Deserve a Chance to Dream Foundation, is a non-profit organization, dedicated to assisting one of Toronto’s most precious resources; our youth.  The foundation was started in the fall of 2002 by Marion Magloire, mother of local Toronto NBA player, Jamaal Magloire. Youth Deserve a Chance to Dream strives to create opportunities to better the lives of young people by strengthening local community youth services that are under funded by raising money through donations and fundraising events. Youth Deserve a Chance to Dream supports groups and organizations whose main objectives are to educate, nurture and guide young people by offering character building activities, seminars and events, which enable them to become responsible and productive citizens. Our goal is to provide various types of assistance to organizations that provide a positive, stimulating social environment that encourages personal growth to at-risk youth in our community.  www.youthdeserveachancetodream.com.

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