January 03, 2011
Clark's son, Danny "Nicky" Clark V, was born prematurely and weighed only 1 pound, 13 ounces. His birth inspired Clark to found a premature birth education and support organization in 2008, while with the New York Giants. The foundation also tackles literacy and sexual health issues and hosts an annual Mind, Body & Soul retreat — a two-day conference for children ages 12-17 combining football and education events focusing on domestic violence, STD awareness, higher education and community service.
Colston Charities serves foster children and underprivileged young people in New Orleans and Pennsylvania by offering financial assistance and higher education scholarships. The foundation also partners with Habitat for Humanity in Harrisburg, Penn., where Colston was born; Dauphin County, also in Harrisburg; and Jump Street, a Pennsylvania-based arts initiative.
Evans is an outspoken activist and supporter for the fight against sexual abuse. His foundation offers free counseling, as well as play and art therapies for childhood victims of sexual abuse in New Orleans and Palm Beach County, Fla., where he grew up. Evans, whose wife Beth Ann was a victim of sexual abuse, encourages victims to tell their stories at www.ImAVictim.com. The foundation also sponsors awareness campaigns and helps train partner organizations to look for signs of abuse.
This foundation helps underprivileged youth pursue higher education and teaches health and team values through organized sports and exercise. The foundation sponsors an annual football camp in Evans' hometown of Philadelphia and hosts fundraisers such as celebrity bowling tournaments, auctions and dinners to benefit a scholarship fund.
The cornerback's campaign offers guidance counseling and support networks to help single dads build their families. Another program for kids offers an annual Boys to Men Camp, football clinics and mentoring programs.
Strong safety Roman Harper helped ring in Roman Harper Day in his hometown of Prattville, Ala., in February 2010; the day celebrated the founding of Harper's charity, which promotes education, health and strong families. Harper hosted the foundation's inaugural golf tournament and auction, with proceeds benefiting the foundation. Harper also partnered with fellow safety Darren Sharper to raise funds for United Way following the Gulf oil disaster.
Meachem founded this organization in 2007 to provide mentorships and financial aid to youth sports programs and kids who otherwise wouldn't be able to participate in organized athletics. The foundation also helps pay for equipment, uniforms and team fees.
Sharper and older brother Jamie, a former Seattle Seahawks linebacker, founded this grant-awarding organization, part of the national Giving Back Fund. The Sharper Kids Foundation supports charitable organizations and funds continuing education programs.
Since 2007, Smith's foundation has helped local charities in his hometown of Utica, N.Y., and organized an annual football camp in the area. The foundation also partners with New Orleans groups such as Dress for Success New Orleans, the Bayou Foundation and Hands On New Orleans, and has contributed to Haiti relief efforts with musician Usher and the Powered by Service campaign.
Stinchomb founded this relief organization with brother Matt to help underprivileged children throughout New Orleans and the brothers' native Georgia. The foundation partnered with Feed the Children and has donated hundreds of bicycles and toys to kids in New Orleans. The foundation also runs a youth football camp called OL 4 NO (or Offensive Line for New Orleans).
Strief founded Dream Big in 2006 with his wife Mandy and has helped raise funds for Cafe Reconcile. Last year's September fundraiser benefited the Special Olympics. All proceeds from sales of the foundation's "I Love Boys in Black and Gold" shirt benefit Dream Big and other local charities.
Through the SWAY Foundation, Atlanta native Torrence helps run the 4th Down Fundamentals Youth Football Camp, a free summer program that serves more than 450 youth in the Atlanta area. SWAY also provides higher education scholarships and offers tutoring programs and SAT prep classes. In 2010, the foundation spent about $30,000 on its summer programs and scholarships.
Vilma founded his namesake relief organization in 2010 to help build a charter school in Haiti following the country's devastating earthquake. Vilma's parents emigrated from Haiti in the 1970s and much of his family remains in the country. Vilma and other Saints players waited tables at a November fundraiser to benefit the foundation, which has rasied $200,000 for Haiti relief so far.
Young's foundation serves underprivileged children suffering from learning disabilities and kids from single-parent homes who need mentorship and guidance. It offers three programs: the Stay Focused football and cheerleading camp for kids ages 12 to 15, after-school enrichment activities, and Chalk Talk, a 30-minute guest speaker series.
Head coach Sean Payton founded this charity in 2008 to help children and families facing homelessness, domestic violence, healthcare issues and those with other needs along the Gulf Coast. The foundation, which serves Louisiana, Texas, Alabama and Mississippi, has provided grants to organizations like the Covington Food Bank, Court-Appointed Social Advocates New Orleans, and Boy's Hope/Girl's Hope, among others. Play It Forward has distributed $700,000 to 21 charities.
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams founded this organization to help fund school programs in his hometown of Excelsior Springs, Mo. The foundation hosts an annual Gregg Williams Tiger Classic golf tournament and auctions, and supports football clinics and local charities such as the Kiwanis Club and YMCA.