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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Charitable Kicking

The kicking community is certainly involved in charitable endeavors, as we glimpsed in our look at Kicking in Haiti. That is just one example within the global big picture, which addresses a wide and diverse array of causes. Following are just a few more examples.

The purpose of the foundation: to affect positive change among children and youth locally, regionally, nationally and globally. The ideology behind the foundation: Pay it forward to the next generation, Affect positive change among youth regardless of race, sex, religion or nationality. Areas of emphasis and focus: Education and scholarships, Quality of life for children and youth with emphasis on preventing obesity through fitness (i.e. NFL play 60 program), President’s National Council on Fitness.

The Matt Stover Foundation was formed in 2002 to centralize the Stover family’s contributions. The foundation will only make gifts to be used for charitable purposes. In short, the mission of the Matt Stover Foundation is to provide financial support to under-funded educational, religious and other charitable organizations.

The Goulden Touch
Because Robbie Gould feels strongly about giving back to those in need, starting a public charity in 2011 was the perfect way to begin his dream. Upon the creation of The Goulden Touch, Robbie found it difficult to pinpoint just one specific area of need. With the help of his Board of Directors, they created “The Goulden Rules” to provide noticeable impacts amongst Chicago organizations.  Since its inception, The Goulden Touch has partnered with several key organizations to Education, Social Services, Health and Wellness, and Medical Research.

David Akers Kicks for Kids is a charity organization that provides assistance to the children and families being cared for at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. David's desire to give back to the community, as well as to help young people an families in need, motivated him to establish the David Akers' Kicks for Kids organization in the fall of 2001. David is continuing his Kicks for Kids mission in San Francisco by participating in the 49ers Cares Program by supplying 20 tickets and 20 food vouchers to the Ronald McDonald House to distribute to families to attend each home game this season.

Kicking For The Dream
Kicking For The Dream was created by NFL Kicker Billy Cundiff as a way to support the Colleen's Dream Foundation - which started in 2012 and supports research for early detection and improved treatment for ovarian cancer. The story of Colleen’s Dream started in 2007 when Colleen Drury, Billy Cundiff's mother-in-law, was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer. The family's eyes were opened to a new world that was filled with invasive surgery, harsh chemotherapy, and lots of uncertainty. Ovarian cancer is often referred to as “the silent killer” because many women do not discover their disease until it is in the late stages, which leads to many women succumbing to the disease within a short period of time. Unlike cervical or breast cancer, ovarian cancer does not have a standardized early detection procedure. When it comes to women’s health, ovarian cancer proves to be one of the deadliest diseases.
We are a national, community-based organization of volunteers, whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.
Nous sommes un organisme bénévole national, à caractère communautaire, dont la mission est l'éradication du cancer et l'amélioration de la qualité de vie des personnes touchées par le cancer.
[thanks to Calgary Stampeders punter Rob Maver for drawing our attention to this organization]

"I am extremely excited for the future of this foundation, as well as for the Celiac Disease community. With more and more support groups, and more people genuinely concerned about the lack of awareness, we hope that this will spur a rise in education, a rise in diagnosis, and reduce the number of undiagnosed and misdiagnosed cases."
- kicker/founder Craig Pinto

Feely Family Foundation - World Ministries Football Club
The Feely Family Foundation, which focuses on the protection, education, and rehabilitation of children, sponsors the World Ministries Football Club, The foundation grants scholarships based on financial need, educational achievement, and community service. The foundation also supports worthy charities in their efforts to help provide hope to our children. World Ministries Football Club encourages and supports the aspirations of our players to further pursue educational and playing opportunities beyond high school. This would include assisting each player explore all the possibilities available and enabling or providing scholarships to overcome the financial needs.

Cvet's Pets
Cvet's Pets is a 100% volunteer run Not For Profit organization started by CFL Player Chris Cvetkovic but fueled by players across the CFL.  In the first year of operation Cvet's Pets worked toward providing much needed funds to local animal rescues in the Winnipeg area. In 2013 Cvet's Pets has set higher goals to go along with the support of local shelters. In 2013 so far Cvet's Pets has worked with CANDi International to try and help address the animal overpopulation epidemic in countries such as Mexico & the Dominican Republic and partnered up with George Leonard of MSAR to help put shelter dogs through a training program for service dog and then donate the dogs free of charge to Canadian Armed forces personnel suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) all over Canada.

The Rob Bironas Fund
Created to provide a dynamic funding platform that brings together the children of Music City and the rich musical opportunities that only Nashville, Tennessee can offer. The Fund is dedicated to enriching the community by financing the tools, education and leadership necessary to help children achieve scholastic excellence.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
The nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org, and publicizes the hotline's free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual assault; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual assault, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

[supported by Penn State alumni, including Kickology]

Brian Moorman PUNT Foundation
In 2004, Brian Moorman and his wife Amber created Brian Moorman’s P.U.N.T. Foundation to make a difference in the lives of children in Western New York who are fighting cancer. The mission of the P.U.N.T. Foundation is to provide children affected by cancer and their families with the opportunities and support to enjoy the life for which they fight so hard. The Foundation provides assistance, valuable family-centered programs and events designed to enrich their lives, provide them with support and create memorable experiences.

Nation Building for Native Youth (NBNY) is a life-changing empowerment program for Native youth grades 10 - 12 and their adult advisors. NBNY programs represent 25 tribes from Northern Plains, Great Lakes, Southeast, Southern Plains, New Mexico and Arizona. The long-term goals of the program are to enable Native youth to lead positive, successful lives and ultimately serve and lead their communities into a new era of not only sovereignty, but also robust economic, social and political health.


If you know of any other organizations to add to this list, please let us know.

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