"I grew up in Miami where playing football was a way to get off the streets. I've dedicated my philanthropic focus to creating more awareness and opportunities for youth football through Music City Bowl's youth football."
"I got involved with the American Cancer Society after my mom beat breast cancer. She didn't even tell me she had cancer until she beat it. I just want women like my mom to know I care. Strong women have played such an important role in my life, I feel like it's my turn to be strong for them and do something to help the cause. So as much awareness as I can raise for staying on top of your health and getting the right screenings, and as much money as I can raise to fight it, that's my mission now."
"I'm from Maryland where it's based and I knew the founder growing up. I'm actually on the board of trustees. I help with training and SAT prep in the offseason, just being a face and a mentor to the kids."
"Helping children that have no control over the situations they have been born into is something that I was surrounded by my whole life. I was raised and encouraged to help those that couldn't help themselves. When you are young you have your whole life ahead of you and you can decide what you want your life to be. We want to encourage that youth to take control of their life and not to fall into the same cycle of poverty they have been born into."
National Suicide Prevention and Pitt Hopkins Syndrome
"I read up on the suicide rate and I didn't realize how many young people are affected by suicide, how many young people commit suicide. I want to use this national platform to show kids that don't think they matter - you do matter. People care about you. My financial adviser's daughter has Pitt Hopkins. I want to support them and support their cause. They have a fundraiser at the school every year and I'm going to donate my cleats and my jersey so they can raise some awareness and funding."
"I rescued my first dog when I was 23. He needed a lot of medical attention. I have three dogs now. One is ten and he's blind. Leo, the one I rescued, needed six leg surgeries. I want other dogs to find their forever homes, too."
"This off-season I was able to take a life-changing trip to Nicaragua with Food for the Hungry. We think there are rough places here in the US, but it is nothing compared to the dire situation that so many people in third world countries experience every day. I was moved by what I saw - the kids, the lack of resources, education, food, and many vital human needs, and want to do whatever I can to support the sustainable work that Food for the Hungry does in Nicaragua."
"I grew up with a single mom who worked two jobs to make sure my brother and I had everything we need. My foundation provides backpacks, dental visits, school clothes and shoes to kids in Nashville and Pomona who come from families that need a little extra help."