Over 100,000 individuals play High School football
Out of that number, 9,000 continue onto College
While only 300 get the opportunity to try-out for the NFL…
– Miguel Viera founder of ‘Playing for Jesus Ministries’
Well done, good and faithful servant…
Before Super Bowl 49 was played out to millions this past Sunday night, the NFL honored some of its best players. Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis received the 2014 Walter Payton ‘Man of the Year’ award. Davis is one of the best linebackers in the NFL, but his work off the field is just as impressive, if not more impressive.
Davis and his wife Kelly founded the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation – a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for more than 2,000 underprivileged children and their families.
Every year Davis provides two college scholarships for graduating high school seniors who have completed the Youth Leadership Academy program.
Davis also hosts annual programs including a back-to-school supply giveaway, a Thanksgiving meal for members of a local women’s shelter and a Christmas gift giveaway for underprivileged children in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
In June 2013, he led the construction of the first and only playground in his hometown of Shellman, Georgia. In addition, his annual free football camp provides more than 350 children with instruction in football fundamentals and life skills.
In April 2014, Davis received the Call to Courage Award, given annually to a Christian athlete who displays exemplary character through both adversity and triumph.
During his emotional speech, Davis expressed how his childhood was paramount to the man he is today, ” I grew up in a single-parent household. My mom struggled to raise me and my sister, and I didn’t want these kids to go through what we had to go through…”
“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:14-17 (ESV)
Source: NFL.com http://goo.gl/EmCbx2
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