This past weekend, New England quarterback, Tom Brady participated in the Best Buddies Challenge at the “University of Michigan in the East”, better known to most of you all as Harvard University. This was the 20th anniversary of the Challenge and Brady has been associated with it ever since 2003.
The 20th annual @bestbuddies challenge was last night! I want my kids to grow up in a world where people are recognized and celebrated for the characteristics that make them uniquely themselves because we’re all better when we include everyone. pic.twitter.com/bXDvWfiMNU
After seeing this tweet from Brady, I wanted to look into this organization more, and what exactly it’s about. After speaking with a couple of friends on Twitter, I was put in contact with Brad Blank, an NFL agent and also a Best Buddies Executive for 30 years.
In honor of Mother’s Day, I would like to recognize the Professional Football Players Mothers Association (PFPMA). These women have banded together to help support and guide one another through every stage of the NFL Life and have formed a lasting bond in the process.
PFPMA is a 501(c)(3) organization that started with a group of ladies who wanted to form a support group. These women quickly realized when their son reaches the NFL, that their life changed, along with that of the young man that they raised.
The desire to promote the welfare of others. That is the first definition when Googling ‘philanthropy’. It then goes on to talk about donations of money. Yes, money is helpful – so is a person’s time.
In this article, I highlight some of my favorite NFC players who do just that, donate their time.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is a traveler, philanthropist, photographer and father. Fitzgerald donates a lot of time to community programs in Arizona where he plays for the Cardinals. This past fall, he held a Women’s Clinic.
Our very own reporter, Page Denny, was at his event representing Our Turf Football. She shares these pics from his Field of Smiles Presentation. One knows that these young women have benefited by spending time with Larry Fitzgerald. Each of them takes home with her something positive to enhance the community she lives in, for the better.
Our Turf Football loves to share stories of the good works being done in our communities by teams and players in the NFL.
Today’s story comes from the NFL Foundation, which has announced recipients of the Legends Impact Grant. This grant recognizes the outstanding and ongoing philanthropic efforts of NFL Legends.
Press Release: A new component to the NFL Foundation’s Player Foundation Grant initiative, the Award supports NFL Legends’ commitment to making their communities healthy, happy, and safe through their non-profit foundations.
“Philanthropy plays such a large role in NFL players’ lives,” said NFL Executive Director of the NFL Foundation and Senior Director of Philanthropy ALEXIA GALLAGHER. “We are proud to support these incredible NFL Legends who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.”
NFL Legends ALAN PAGE, BRUCE HARPER and STEVE YOUNG were selected as the inaugural winners, and were awarded $50,000, $40,000 and $30,000, respectively for their foundations. In 2018, the NFL Foundation awarded $830,000 in Player Foundation Grants to support 68 non-profit foundations led by current players and NFL Legends.
This week, we are focusing on the positives of the AFC, its teams, its players and its communities making ‘good happen’. #GiveBack
But before I get to that, some news on the retirement front. Yesterday, it was announced that New England tight end Rob Gronkowski is officially retiring from the NFL, effective immediately. He will be missed. This week, there was another memorable retirement announcement from Philadelphia defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. He put new meaning into ‘going out on top’.
The Haloti Ngata Family Foundation‘s motto is: Improving the lives of others through love and strength. We wish him all the best in his future! Ngata definitely belongs on the #NFLGoodGuy list here at Our Turf Football.
Today, we are starting a new series on the positives of the National Football League, its teams, its players and its communities. Each week we will focus on a team, along with a community leader, making a difference in their city or town. We will discuss the movement surrounding an event and the people who support making ‘good happen’. #GiveBack
The NFL Foundation is the League’s nonprofit organization representing the 32 NFL clubs. Its mission is to support the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities which support our game.
On Friday, Feb. 15th, the NFLPA released a statement saying that the NFL has reached a settlement with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and current Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid in their collusion case against the NFL.
The almost 3-year saga has, for all intents and purposes, has come to a sort of anti-climactic close.
Regardless of if you support Kaepernick and Reid or not, it opened up dialog. Or at least attempted to. I had a hard time finding people who could civilly discuss this online, but hopefully more civil discussions were had in “real life”.
**This article contains views of the author and don’t necessarily reflect the views of Our Turf Football.**
There are plenty of NFL players that are doing great things in their various communities, and they all deserve to be celebrated.
One such player is Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, Chris Long. As you know, he was named the 2018 Walter Payton Man Of The Year this past Saturday. Long, like the other nominees for the award, has long been a good guy in his community. However, to me, he sticks out for some very important reasons.
I’ve always felt that if you’re given a platform to do some good, then it’s your responsibility to do just that. Not that you have to, of course, but it’s a good thing to do.
Long’s Waterboy initiative has been in place since 2016. Its goal is to bring fresh water to the African country of Tanzania by building sustainable wells. The goal is to build 32 wells, one for every team in the NFL. He is bringing together veterans, NFL players, and has recently expanded to include NBA players as well.
No, this isn’t going to be a diatribe on why Cris Collinsworth is awful, nor will it be a diatribe on why he’s amazing. Collinsworth’s catchphrase is what came to my mind when I thought about Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Now here’s a guy who gets it. He just does. He’s one of the younger players in the NFL and he works hard!
Crazy to have Coach Belichick, a legendary coach I’ve watched my whole life, come up to me after the game and tell me he respects my game and how I play!!! 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯
‘Tis the season and KC Chiefs’ safety Eric Berry is in the Christmas spirit. The spirit of giving that is.
The Eric Berry Foundation kicked off their third annual Stock the Shoppe Gift Card and Toy Drivecampaign at Nick and Jakes in Overland Park, KS. This is the first of four events being held in the metro area, and it was a success.
The mission of the campaign is to collect toys and raise funds for the Snowflake Shoppe at Children’s Mercy Kansas City which allows parents and caregivers to select gifts for children in the hospital, and their family members, at no cost, all without leaving the building.