NFL Charities awards $1 million in grants to current & former players as part of annual player foundation grants

NFL Charities, the charitable foundation of the National Football League, has awarded $1 million in grants to support 87 charitable foundations of current and former players.

Players receiving grants this year include New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Kansas City Chiefs guard Brian Waters and former players Derrick Brooks, Kurt Warner and Steve Young.  The grants, which are distributed in amounts up to $50,000, are part of NFL Charities’ annual player foundation grant initiative.

“We are proud to support current and former player foundations and applaud all players’ efforts to make their communities healthy, happy, and safe,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, president of the NFL Charities board of directors.

The NFL has long supported players’ philanthropic endeavors, and NFL Charities has awarded more than $17 million to player foundations over the course of two decades.  Current and retired players that have received NFL Charities grants in previous years include Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, free agent Jason Taylor and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and former players Troy Aikman and Dan Marino.

NFL Charities is a non-profit organization created by the 32 member clubs of the National Football League to enable the teams to collectively make grants to charitable and worthwhile causes on a national scale. Since its inception, NFL Charities has granted more than $140 million to more than 1,400 different organizations. NFL Charities’ primary funding categories include: sports-related medical research and education grants; player foundation grants in support of the philanthropic work of current and former NFL players; impact grants to support national youth health and fitness education initiatives as part of a league-wide commitment to fight childhood obesity; financial assistance for former NFL players in need via direct support to the NFL Player Care Foundation; and team program grants that supplement the charitable and community activities of the 32 NFL clubs.

NFL Charities Board

Commissioner Roger Goodell; Former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue; Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President/Director of Charities; Michael Bidwill, Arizona Cardinals President; Mary Owen, Buffalo Bills Vice President of Strategic Planning; Alan Page, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and Pro Football Hall of Fame Member; Delores Barr Weaver, Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation CEO.

NFL Giving

NFL Giving encompasses the many ways that the National Football League, including its clubs, owners and players, strengthen communities nationwide. While representing the NFL’s heritage of community commitment and charitable engagement, NFL Giving encourages long-term health and wellness in communities; fosters community citizenship and philanthropy; advances sports-related medical research and education; and supports the health and well-being of our former NFL players.

In addition to league-wide community support programs as well as charitable dollars allocated by the 32 NFL teams and owners to community initiatives nationwide, several non-profit foundations support the NFL Giving initiative, including NFL Charities, the NFL Youth Football Fund, NFL Disaster Relief Fund and Player Care Foundation.

NFL Charities Player Foundation Grant Recipients

Player Name Organization
Lorenzo Alexander Lorenzo Alexander ACES Foundation
Jason Allen J. Allen All Stars Foundation
Will Allen Will Allen Foundation
Nnamdi Asomugha The Asomugha Foundation
Harris Barton HRJ Charities (dba Champion Charities)
Eric Berry The Eric Berry Foundation
Reggie Berry Goals for Life Foundation
Matt Birk Matt Birk’s HIKE Foundation
Leigh Bodden The Leigh Bodden Foundation
Gary Brackett Gary Brackett’s IMPACT Foundation
Drew Brees The Brees Dream Foundation
Derrick Brooks Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc.
Joey Browner Joey Browner Foundation
Isaac Bruce Isaac Bruce Foundation
Marc Bulger Marc Bulger Foundation
Chris Chambers C.A.T.C.H. 84 Foundation
Desmond Clark 88 Ways Youth Foundation, Inc
Cris Collinsworth UGIVE.org
Devard Darling As One Foundation
Gary Davis Operation Concentrate on You, Inc.
Rashied Davis Rashied Davis Charities
Chris Draft Chris Draft Family Foundation
Jamie Dukes Put Up Your Dukes Foundation
Warrick Dunn Warrick Dunn Family Foundation
Riki Ellison Youth Impact Foundation
London Fletcher London’s Bridge
Drayton Florence Drayton Florence Foundation
Tom Flores Tom Flores Youth Foundation
Doug Flutie Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation For Autism, Inc.
David Garrard David Garrard Foundation
Tarik Glenn D.R.E.A.M. Alive
Tony Gonzalez Shadow Buddy Foundation
Trent Green Trent Green Family Foundation
Brian Griese Judi’s House
Bruce Harper Brunan Inc
Shack Harris & Doug Williams Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation
Eric Henderson EJ Henderson Youth Foundation
Torry Holt Torry Holt Foundation
Israel Idonije Israel Idonije Foundation
Charles Jackson The Making of a Champion Youth Program
Keith Jackson Park Foundation Inc
Scott Jackson Tackling Autism Foundation
Rudi Johnson The Rudi Johnson Foundation
Jim Kelly Hunter’s Hope Foundation
Jeff Kemp Stronger Families (Families Northwest)
Tyrone Keys All Sports Community Service, Inc.
Kenard Lang Kenard Lang Foundation
Matt Light The Light Foundation
John Lynch The John Lynch Foundation
Marty Lyons The Marty Lyons Foundation, Inc.
Peyton Manning PeyBack Foundation
Reggie McKenzie Reggie McKenzie Foundation
Brandon McKinney BJ Kids 91 Foundation
Nat Moore Nat Moore Foundation
Anthony Muñoz ACE Foundation (Anthony Muñoz Foundation)
Ryan Nece The Ryan Nece Foundation
Terence Newman Terence Newman’s Rising Stars Foundation
Roman Oben The Roman Oben Foundation
Alan Page Page Education Foundation
Lonnie Paxton Active Force Foundation
Chad Pennington 1st and 10 Foundation
Mike Peterson The Mike Peterson Foundation
Ricky Proehl P.O.W.E.R. of Play Charitable Fund
Dominic Rhodes Rhodes To Success Foundation
Tony Richardson Rich in Spirit Foundation
Philip Rivers Rivers of Hope Foundation
Isiah Robertson House of Isaiah/Athletes for a Drug-Free America
Ben Roethlisberger The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at the Giving Back Fund
Twan Russell Russell Life Skills & Reading Foundation
Junior Seau Junior Seau Foundation
Tony Semple Tony Semple Foundation for Hope
Will Shields Will to Succeed Foundation
Darrin Smith Project 59 Foundation for Youth
Steve Stenstrom Pro Athletes Outreach
Matt Stover Matt Stover Foundation
Harry Sydney III My Brother’s Keeper, Inc.
Charles Tillman Charles Tillman Foundation
LaDainian Tomlinson Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation
JoJo Townsell MEFIYI Foundation
Greg Truitt The Upside Down Foundation
Justin Tuck All Stars Helping Kids
Mike Utley Mike Utley Foundation
Troy Vincent Love Thy Neighbor CDC
Kurt Warner Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation
Brian Waters Brian Waters Foundation
Madieu Williams Madieu Williams Foundation
Steve Young Forever Young Foundation

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