A group of four former and current NFL players held a Congressional forum this week to address criminal justice issues, including police brutality against the black community, reported NBC News.
“We want to see changes in policy. We want to know that justice is being served for all.”WASHINGTON ― For the second time in the eight months since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police killings of black men, a group of current and former NFL players visited Congress to draw even more attention to the issue. [Read More]
Congressional forum to hear from NFL players about their own experiences and how they hope to improve relationships with minority communities and the police while supporting programs to help inmates successfully re-enter their communities. Watch Here
HOUSTON — Their first trip to Washington, D.C. was productive enough that Anquan Boldin, Glover Quin and a handful of other NFL players are planning a second one.
Boldin and Quin said last week at Super Bowl LI that they are finalizing another visit to Congress in March to further discuss the relationship between law enforcement officials and the communities they serve. [More]
Last November, NFL players Anquan Boldin, Andrew Hawkins, Malcolm Jenkins, Josh McCown and Glover Quin met with members of Congress to discuss issues related to law enforcement and race. In this installment of the Players’ POV, three of the players discuss how these issues have impacted their lives. [More]
HOUSTON – The body is still willing, now Anquan Boldin just has to figure out if the family is. Boldin said Friday he has not determined if he’ll return for a 15th NFL season in 2017. [More]
Anquan Boldin would absolutely welcome and appreciate the chance to sit down with new President Donald Trump and exchange thoughts and ideas and discuss concerns for minorities. [more]
Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin finished Monday’s 42-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys with five catches for 33 yards. The output pushed him past Indianapolis Colts great Reggie Wayne for ninth on the all-time receptions list, per ESPN Stats & Info.
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Anquan Boldin had a free agency visit in the off-season with the Detroit Lions in the middle of June. The circumstances in Detroit were less than ideal. Especially after losing wide receiver and potential hall of famer Calvin Johnson, I fully expected that the Lions would pick Anquan up later that week to compete in camp, and maybe teach some younger receivers a few new tricks.
The Detroit Lions signed Anquan Boldin right before the start of training camp. It often takes players a few days, maybe a week, to get comfortable and fit in.
Not Boldin. On his first day with the Lions, he ran routes with the Lions’ starting offense.
The Lions lost a Hall of Fame-caliber receiver this year, but gained another. And against the Bears, he continued to improve his credentials.
Anquan Boldin moved into the top 10 in career catches during Sunday’s game against Chicago at Ford Field. He entered the day with 1,061, and needing just one to match Andre Johnson for 10th in NFL history. [More]
Anquan Boldin has been just the right fit for the Detroit Lions as they as they move into the post-Calvin Johnson Era.
The former Florida State standout leads the team with six touchdown receptions and is third on the team in catches (52) for 432 yards going into Sunday’s Lions game against the Chicago Bears. Boldin was a free-agent pickup in the offseason and has meshed well with quarterback Matthew Stafford. [More]
Boldin set an NFL rookie record with 101 catches in his only season with Sullivan and, 13 years later, he’s still churning out big plays at a breakneck pace.
A late summer free-agent addition, Boldin ranks third on the Lions with 52 catches for 432 yards and six touchdowns. He has been Matthew Stafford’s go-to receiver on many third downs this year. And he enters Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears two receptions away from passing Andre Johnson for 10th place on the NFL’s all-time list. [More]
Teamed up with Pernell Mcphee, Janoris Jenkins & Dwight Bentley to pass out turkeys for Thanksgiving.
Q81 hosted our annual holiday shopping spree for local underserved youth groups, servicing Florence Fuller Center Boca Raton, Pahokee Elementary School, and City of Belle Glade Youth Empowerment Center.
On the first drive of the game, the Detroit Lions drove 75 yards in 12 plays through no receiver more than Anquan Boldin
ESPN’s Jim Trotter follows Lions WR Anquan Boldin as he goes to Capitol Hill with four NFL players to start a conversation he hopes builds a bridge between law enforcement and minority communities.
Through his nonprofit, the Super Bowl champ and NFL Pro Bowler is showing there there’s more to life than just football
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford finds wide receiver Anquan Boldin for a 19 yard touchdown late in the 4th quarter.
The Detroit Lions have seen a rise in solid play from Anquan Boldin since he came to the team, and against the Washington Redskins, they rewarded him.
Boldin will be one of the team’s captains for Sunday, along with safety Tavon Wilson and fellow receiver Andre Roberts.
Detroit Lions’ Wide Receiver, Anquan Boldin is a gifted athlete who consistently divides his time with work, family, and charitable events. He is a valuable asset to the NFL due to his notable achievements in the league. Boldin holds the record for the most receptions during his rookie season with the Lions’, he is a Super Bowl Champion, and a 3x Pro Bowl Awardee
Former Florida State wide receiver and 14 year NFL veteran Anquan Boldin is just three yards away from moving into 15th all-time on the NFL’s career receiving yards list.
After this week’s 48 yards performance he sits at 13,379 yards. No. 15 Torry Holt has 13,382 yards. Boldin has the fourth most receiving yards among active players behind Steve Smith, Andre Johnson, and Larry Fitzgerald.
Boldin led the Lions in receiving for the first time this season even though he was just fourth on the team in targets. However, he again failed to reach the end zone since scoring in consecutive games Weeks 2 and 3. With TE Eric Ebron targeting a Week 6 return, Boldin’s touchdown potential only stands to decrease.
Anquan Boldin won the 2015 Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year Award Saturday, but he is making sure to give honor to God.
Boldin, the 35-year-old San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, won the award that highlights charity work after establishing his Anquan Boldin Foundation in 2004 to help underprivileged children receive the best education opportunities available.
Anquan Boldin had six-catches for 31 yards in Week 4. His six receptions and eight targets led the Lions on Sunday and were also season-highs for Boldin. [More]
I am the daughter of a King, wife, mother, lover of food and fashion. Born and raised The Sunshine State to Jamaican parents — I am the youngest of four.
QB Matthew Stafford scrambles and fires to WR Anquan Boldin for his 75th career TD catch! The Tennessee Titans take on the Detroit Lions in Week 2 of the 2016 NFL season.
After Calvin Johnson decided to retire during the offseason, the question amongst Lions supporters was how would the team replace Megatron’s production. It’s looking it’s going to be a team effort amongst the new look wide receiver corps, and Anquan Boldin stepped up on the Lions first drive against the Titans on September 18th, 2016.
When Calvin Johnson retired in the offseason every Detroit Lions fan, writer and player worried about what the team was going to do in order to replace him. The team ended up signing free agent Marvin Jones to fill the void left by Megatron, but he alone wasn’t going to stuff the stat sheet with the numbers Johnson consistently put up.
Detroit knew that they needed to make up for Calvin’s impact through multiple players rather than just one, and after realizing that TJ Jones, Jeremy Kerley and the other players brought in weren’t going to do enough, the team signed veteran wideout Anquan Boldin.
Sincere, gracious, genuine, intelligent, chic and classy AND that is to say the least. Mrs. Dionne Boldin, wife of Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, Anquan Boldin, is more than what meets the eye. Dionne is as fabulous as she appears in her killa’ #selfies we see on social media with a timeless air of bold self-confidence. A wife first, mother to two boys second and a philanthropist third, who believes in not only leaving a legacy of giving but creating the mindset to give as well.
Name: Dionne Boldin
Husband/Teams: Anquan Boldin (Cardinals, Ravens, 49ers, Lions)
Children: Ashton (6) & Anquan “AJ” (12)
What #hashtag describes you best: #gamechanger
Public Service announcement by Anquan Boldin on The Education Network about how Educations matters
A team effort from Anquan Boldin’s Q81 Foundation and Florida Crystals Corporation, the 9th-12th graders traveled from Pahokee to West Palm Beach for a day long field trip as part of The Summer Enrichment Program. The day was ighlighted by an intimate opportunity to talk football and their futures.[More Here]
$10,000 scholarships were awarded this summer to high school seniors entering college. Applicants were residents of Palm Beach County.
Meet the 2016 Q81 Foundation Scholarships recipients:
Ashley Wilson, Pahokee High School
Vanessa Louis, Village Academy
Lature Allen, Glades Central
Dyllon Louis, McClymonds High School in Oakland, CA
Each of these recipients were exceptional students, academically who also contributed to their communities as well as demonstrated the need for this award. The students will be entering college in the fall academic semester and their scholarship awards will be made available to their chosen schools, for the purposes of tuition and/or books and housing.
For more information to apply for future scholarship submissions, please visit us again or email us at email@example.com. Call for Submissions open each January through March.
Q81 Scholarships Submissions Are Now CLOSED
Thank You and Best of Wishes to All High School Graduates, Class of 2016
Four, $10,000 scholarships will be awarded this spring to high school seniors entering college. Applicants of Palm Beach County and San Francisco Bay Area can apply. Selections are based on academic excellence, community service, and a demonstration of need.
Students must be entering college in the fall 2016 academic semester and their scholarship awards will be made available to their chosen schools, for the purposes of tuition and/or books and housing.
Recipients will be notified by early April, so please check back around the April timeframe to learn of our selections for the 2016 academic year. We wish all students the very best; your submission already proves your headed in the right direction of academic excellence.
APPLY BY FILLING OUT FORM BELOW — Deadline: March 18
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SAN JOSE – November 13, 2014 – San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin, a leader on and off the field for 12 years, today announced that he and his wife, Dionne Boldin will personally provide a charitable gift of $1 million to the Anquan Boldin Foundation. This endowment will be utilized to dedicate an annual distribution of scholarships to high school graduates.
Scholarships will be awarded annually based on students’ academic achievements, their contributions in the community and who demonstrate the need. This fall, the Anquan Boldin Foundation distributed $10,000 scholarships to four high-school graduates.
Boldin, the 2014 winner of the prestigious NFL Players Association Byron “Whizzer” White Award and also this season’s 49ers recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year, has for over a decade shown continued dedication to the community. The Anquan Boldin Foundation’s mission is to expand the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged youth and has showcased charitable activities in Phoenix, Baltimore, South Florida and San Francisco Bay Area.
“My wife and I are very blessed to have the opportunity to provide this $1 million endowment,” said Boldin. “In my football career, using this platform in order to give back has always been important. Establishing this gift will allow my Foundation to help youth in a more effective way, and to continue our distribution of scholarships to deserving students.”
ABOUT THE ANQUAN BOLDIN FOUNDATION
The Anquan Boldin Foundation aka Q81 Foundation, established in 2004, is dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. As evidenced by the charitable activities across the country and overseas, the Q81 Foundation has over ten years history of helping after-school programs. The Foundation conducts an eight-week Q81 Summer Enrichment Program in partnership with Florida Crystals. It also serves the community by awarding great scholastic and community achievement in youth. The Foundation conducts annual Thanksgiving and Holiday Shopping Sprees as well as collaborative efforts in supporting football camps and tournaments. The Foundation’s most celebrated event is the annual Q-Festival Weekend held in South Florida in April. For more information please visit www.Q81.org.
THANK YOU TO ALL THAT ATTENDED!
2015 Dinner Soon to be Announced
San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin hosted the Q81 Foundation Fundraiser & Celebrity Banquet on Monday, November 3, 2014. Boldin selected to host his charity event at the Yahoo Fantasy Football Lounge inside the newly opened Levi’s Stadium, historic home to the San Francisco 49ers team.
Boldin, the 2014 winner of the prestigious NFL Players Association Byron “Whizzer” White Award, has for over a decade shown continued dedication to the community. The Anquan Boldin Foundation’s mission is to expand the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged youth and has showcased annual program activities in Phoenix, Baltimore, South Florida and San Francisco.
A star-studded evening was filled with Boldin’s teammates along with great food, wine and other special guests. The event featured Live entertainment, 49ers autographed memorabilia, raffle prizes and gifts.
This article originally appeared on FCA.org.
If it weren’t for faith in Christ and a willingness to serve, the stories of Anquan Boldin and Hikeem “Bubba” Banks probably would never have intertwined. Sure, both grew up in Pahokee, Florida, but they were four years apart and even further separated on Pahokee’s “Most Likely to Succeed” scale.
Boldin, now a star wide receiver in the NFL, was a football prodigy by ninth grade in Pahokee, where the sport serves as—too often quite literally—your “Get Out of Jail Free” card. A few years later, also by ninth grade, Banks was on the other end of the spectrum, expelled from high school and seemingly doomed to a life of drinking, drugs and poverty.
In Pahokee, sadly, Banks’ narrative is far more common than Boldin’s. It’s a small town on the banks of Lake Okeechobee where football is seen as your ticket out. If you’re not one of those fortunate few, you grow up quickly in a town overrun by drugs, crime and poverty, a town so poor that—as author Bryan Mealer put it in his book Muck City—families often resort to catching rainwater to survive because they can’t afford utilities.
Palm Beach County reported that, in 2010, one-half of the male population between ages 18 and 25 had felony convictions. The average family earns about $34,000, and the unofficial unemployment rate is 40 percent.
In Pahokee, failure begets failure. Depression begets desperation.
“Growing up we were told that if you don’t make it as a football player, you won’t make it out,” Banks said. “Single-family homes, poverty, no businesses in the town. It was either: ‘I’m gonna play football or hang with the drug dealers.’”
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Teachers in the Palm Beach County school district had seen Banks’ type before, and they assured him he would amount to nothing. He was on the fast track to prison (or death) before he ever had a true chance at life—another victim of an environment that fostered failure.
After his expulsion in ninth grade, Banks’ next couple years were a blur. He acted as predicted: drinking, smoking, doing his share of drugs, and living in poverty. While former class-mates were creating high school memories, Banks stumbled through his teens. With football no longer an option, it was either work in the sugarcane fields—the muck—or get an education. Bubba pursued his GED through Job Corps, a free education and training program for those with low incomes.
But Banks had ulterior motives.
“I heard you could get money for going to school at the community college,” he said. “My plan was to enroll in the community college, get my financial aid check and just stop. I wasn’t taking school seriously at the time.”
Banks watched fellow friends and classmates swallowed up by the same societal misconceptions and poisonous habits, but he also witnessed Pahokee’s top athletes—Rickey Jack-son, Fred Taylor, Andre Waters and, yes, Anquan Boldin—sprinting toward the city limits, headed for a life of fame and fortune in the NFL.
Like Banks, Boldin was born and raised in Pahokee, a tried-and-true Blue Devil. Joe Marx, Boldin’s high school basketball coach and now the athletic director at William T. Dwyer High School in West Palm Beach, encouraged Boldin to consider football. A simple game of catch after basketball practice led to Boldin trying out and playing for the junior varsity team during eighth grade. A year later, he was competing with seniors for the starting quarterback spot on the varsity team.
“I won the job,” Boldin said.
Marx saw such huge potential in Boldin, and not just on the gridiron. He mentored the young student-athlete, encouraging him to work hard and stay out of trouble, a lesson easier said than done for most teenage boys in Pahokee. But Marx invested in Boldin’s future, even taking him to football camps and tours at Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan State.
“He opened my eyes to a whole new world,” Boldin said. “I don’t think he realizes the impact he’s had on my life, but he is a big reason for where I am today and why I do what I do.”
After making the transition to wide receiver and starring at Florida State, Boldin was Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2003 with the Arizona Cardinals and has since appeared in three Pro Bowls and two Super Bowls, including a championship in 2013 with the Baltimore Ra-vens.
It would’ve been easy for Boldin to push his troubled hometown to the back of his mind, to soak up the fame and fortune, and forget about the hardships of those left back in Pahokee. But a year into his pro career in 2004, Boldin launched the Anquan Boldin Foundation, and over the past decade it has set out to change Pahokee’s fortunes through academics, en-richment and family and community engagement. In 2013, the foundation generated $177,336 in combined program income, gifts and donations, and distributed $113,323 to community programs.
“I get more out of giving than the people I help,” Boldin said. “To see the smiles on people’s faces, that alone brings me joy.”
Boldin and his NFL friends frequently host events like a celebrity golf tournament, a celebrity basketball game, a weeklong community basketball tournament for all ages, a fitness Walk and Wellness Seminar, and the signature “Fun Day in the Park” for the entire community. The foundation stresses the importance of education, offering a program every summer for kids who have fallen behind to “help them get back on track so they can graduate on time.”
Through the foundation Boldin has been able to help countless individuals “get back on track,” including Banks.
• • •
It’s present day, and “Bubba” Banks pulls out his smartphone, finds Anquan Boldin and taps out a text. It’s a simple “thank you” message.
“I didn’t have nothing,” Banks said. “I send him and his wife a text [every now and then] to tell them thank you for what they have done for me.”
Back in 2008, Banks—then in his mid-20s—entered an essay scholarship contest established by Boldin and the University of Phoenix. He let his raw honesty fill the pages. He con-fessed that he probably wasn’t ready for the responsibility (or the scholarship), but he poured out his heart, writing about life in Pahokee, his childhood struggles and growing up in poverty. He shared how the scholarship would change his future and the effect education would have on his life.
Banks’ words struck a nerve at the core of the foundation, which chose him as one of the four recipients of a four-year college scholarship.
The goodwill could have ended there for Boldin, and it still might have been life-changing for Banks. But Boldin makes it a point to ensure each of his scholars have the tools to succeed. He regularly checked in on Banks’ progress throughout the life of the scholarship, stepping in and offering encouragement.
Banks was taking full-time classes while working, commuting to and from school every day by bus. Sometimes conflicting bus schedules meant missed classes; other times Banks wait-ed for the bus on the side of the road in the pouring rain.
It was anything but a dream, and Banks was on the brink of giving up.
He was about to receive enough money from his financial aid to buy a car, but he needed help with the purchase process. He called on Boldin for that help. The next day, when Banks went in to buy the car, the dealer handed him the keys and told him to keep the check. The car was paid for in full.
“We are here to serve,” Boldin said. “As believers, that’s what we’re called to do. That’s why Jesus came to Earth, to serve others.”
Banks remembered Boldin and many others who encouraged him along the way.
“I had people who encouraged me, and that’s the difference,” he said. “When you have someone encouraging you and telling you that you can, that is the difference. I had Anquan saying I can do it, my mom saying I can do it, my pastor saying I can do it.
“That,” he repeated, “is the difference.”
While life was improving on the outside, Banks was still at war on the inside, continuing to struggle with drinking, smoking and drugs. The battle ended on Nov. 14, 2010. He dropped to his knees, closed his eyes and whispered a prayer: “God, if you’re as good as they say You are, I’m gonna give all these problems to You.”
“I realized I didn’t have to live like this,” he said. “He’s promised me everything if I give my life to Him. God put my life in order once I made that decision.”
Almost two years later, on Nov. 4, 2012, Bubba walked across the stage and accepted his degree in business administration, his “first time ever putting on a cap and gown.”
“I grew up a troubled kid,” Banks said. “To actually see my family see me achieve some-thing—not come to get me out of jail or trouble—was the best feeling since the day I gave my life to Christ.”
Banks, now 29, just celebrated his third wedding anniversary. He has two daughters, a full-time job, a college degree, and he serves as the Glades Area Representative for FCA. His future is promising.
“This is the funny thing about it; are you ready?” he said. “I now work for the Palm Beach school district. The same high school that expelled me, that kicked me out, now pays my bills. That was through the scholarship. Can you believe that?”
• • •
In 2014, Boldin enters his 12th NFL season, and he’s hungry for another championship on a team that’s been oh-so-close the past couple years.
San Francisco lost in the Super Bowl two years ago (to Boldin’s Ravens) and bowed out to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship last season. Boldin believes the bittersweet endings will be all the motivation needed to get the Niners back to the Super Bowl.
“Anytime you fall short of a goal it motivates you, especially as an athlete,” Boldin said. “When I was in Baltimore, the year before we won the Super Bowl we lost in the AFC Championship Game to New England. That was our goal: to get back to that championship game against New England and win it. It’s no different this year than it was when I was in Baltimore. It’s win the division, win in the playoffs and win the Super Bowl.”
During the offseason, San Francisco traded for wide receiver Stevie Johnson, signed free agent receiver Brandon Lloyd and drafted Bruce Ellington from South Carolina.
“My role will be a little different this year because I will have a lot more help than I did last year,” Boldin said. “My job is to help prepare them for their roles, and if I can help them be better players, it helps the team. We all win in the end.”
Boldin was raised in the church. His grandfather was a pastor. His uncle is a pastor. His mother led him to Christ. He was 12 years old when he was lying on his mother’s bed on New Year’s Eve and made the personal decision to commit his life to Christ.
“My mom thinks she can change the world,” he said. “She has one of those hearts. Some-one comes to her with a need, and she’s always trying to meet it. I’ve been able to see firsthand that being put into action.”
Boldin has been a spiritual leader at all of his NFL stops. When athletes are bold in their faith, the potential is there to transform leadership into discipleship.
“I’ve seen when you have a locker room like we had in Baltimore and guys become bold and encouraging in their faith—they read more, they pray more, they ask more questions,” Boldin said.
Growing up in Pahokee was a challenge, and maintaining a Christian lifestyle in the midst of an NFL locker room carries its own set of unique challenges. Outspoken Christian athletes invite a microscope into their personal lives. The moment they share their faith, teammates, fans and media stop, stare and listen. They want to hear if your heart is beating in rhythm with your actions.
“The things I say to guys, I also live it out,” Boldin said. “Right or wrong, they’re going to critique every little thing. They’re going to watch and see if what you’re saying is really consistent with how you are living. I have always been conscious of that. By no means am I saying I am perfect, but I try to be a man of my word. I try to be a man of integrity. When guys see that you’re firm in what you believe and how you live, they start to respect who you are as a person.”
That kind of integrity can only come from a personal discipline and commitment to Scripture. Professional sports are extremely demanding for athletes. Games, practices, workouts, appearances and interviews push and pull them through each day.
“I’ve always been taught the first thing you do when you get up in the morning is you talk to God; you ask for direction and you seek Him,” Boldin said. “The longer you wait, the more is going to fill your plate. I don’t have an agenda at 6 a.m., so I get up and talk to God and pray. By 8 a.m., we have meetings and from there it’s just a rat race. I also try to take time during our lunch break to read the Bible, and I lead a study on Fridays with the team.”
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Back in Florida, Banks knows that the opportunities he’s been given come with a tremendous amount of responsibility. When he’s working at the church, he can see how God has en-trusted him with His people.
“When I received my degree, I was put in charge of the alternative learning center, a pro-gram for kids like I was,” Banks said. “I minister to kids who are in trouble just like me. I am comfortable talking with underprivileged kids, being a mentor, and letting them know that they don’t have to take the road I took.”
Through the Anquan Boldin Foundation’s summer enrichment program, Banks is seeing the impact within the community.
“We are showing these kids they have a supporting cast,” he said. “Now they see more opportunity, and you’re starting to see lawyers, doctors, teachers.
“I love the work Anquan does for the community. People value that. It was why I took ad-vantage of it and began taking school seriously.”
Banks stops and thinks about the essay he wrote six years ago. What would it say now? If he could write it again, he’d pen the letter with a new message, a new sense of hope.
“It would be a lot different,” Banks said. “If you give God a chance, He won’t fail you. When I felt like giving up, when times were tough, Christ was right there. If I had to write it over I would say, ‘With God all things are possible. Just don’t give up.’”
Boldin echoes Banks’ sentiment.
“That’s why we do it,” he said. “You want to see people’s lives changed.”
As it turns out, football wasn’t Boldin’s way out of Pahokee. It was his way back in.
To an outsider, it’s disheartening and tragic to hear about the hardships facing the citizens of Pahokee, Florida. To San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin, those struggles were a part of everyday life while growing up in the small community known to locals as “The Muck.” Sports—and, in particular, football—were the saving grace that led Boldin out of an uncertain future in Pahokee. But, having experienced firsthand the problems the city and its people endure, Boldin still feels a responsibility to help his hometown.
Now an NFL star and Pahokee’s most famous former resident, he gives, helps and serves those back home, doing what he can to help transform a town from hopeless to hopeful.
“We are here to serve,” he said. “As a believer that’s what we’re called to do. That’s why Jesus came to Earth, to serve others.”
Boldin’s words ring true in each of our lives. We don’t have to grow up in Pahokee to find ourselves in a place of spiritual desolation and desperation. Much like those in Pahokee who are looking for more than continuing the cycles of poverty and drugs that poison their town, we’re surrounded by sin and sorrow, and it’s too easy to fall into the trap of looking for satis-faction in all the wrong places. We need a Savior to rescue us from our constant pursuit of the poisons of this world that lead to nowhere.
God knew this long ago and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to Earth to face the same trials and tribulations that we face today. Jesus felt the same hurt and endured the same pain, and He overcame it all on our behalf. He came to serve, like Boldin said, and He also came to save anyone who places their faith in Him and trusts that His grace is all that’s needed to escape the cycle of sin that runs our world. (Mark 10:45Open in Logos Bible Software (if available))
Football has allowed Boldin to be a beacon of hope in a place where hope seems lost, sharing the message of Jesus Christ, the true Savior, sent to save us all.
The Anquan Boldin Foundation (Q81 Foundation) announced today three scholarships of $10,000 to be awarded to high school graduates of Palm Beach County over a four year period. The valedictorian of both Pahokee High School and Glades Central High School will receive the Anquan Boldin Foundation Scholarship. The Q81 Foundation has also asked for the guidance of the Community Foundation of Palm Beach County to determine the recipient of the third award, providing to a high school graduate who demonstrates the scholarship need, has academic excellence, and is a leader in the community.
Each of the three scholarship recipients will be entering college in the fall academic semester and their scholarship monies will be made available to their chosen colleges. The scholarships will be made available to the students each academic year for needs outside of tuition such as food, housing and books, for the total amount of $10,000.
Anquan Boldin will present the Anquan Boldin Foundation Scholarship at both graduation ceremonies, on Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00pm at Pahokee High gymnasium and on Thursday, May 22 at 7:00pm at Glades Central High gymnasium.
The Anquan Boldin Foundation is celebrating 10 years of community service of expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged youth. Anquan Boldin is entering his 12th year as a professional athlete of the National Football League. Born and raised in Pahokee, Florida, Boldin passionately supports the Glades community in a number of activities throughout the calendar year.
“We have been blessed with the opportunity to award these scholarships through acquiring the Byron “Whizzer” White Award from the NFL Players Association,” says Boldin. “The needs for supporting higher education are so very great. It is our goal to help fulfill the need by distributing these annual gifts to deserving high school graduates.”
About The Anquan Boldin Foundation
The Anquan Boldin Foundation, aka Q81 Foundation, established in 2004, is dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. As evidenced by the charitable activities in Arizona, Baltimore, San Francisco and Boldin’s home state of Florida, the Q81 Foundation has a ten-year history of helping Educational After-School programs, All-Star Football Camps and Tournaments, College Academic Scholarship Program, Nutritional Education, Food Distribution, and Back- 2- School Supplies. The Q81 Foundation, partnered with Florida Crystals, conducts an eight-week Q81 Summer Enrichment Program with a success rate increase of student GPA at 76%, enabling students to pass to the next grade level, graduate and/or be eligible for athletics. The Foundation conducts annual Thanksgiving and Holiday Shopping Sprees and offers VIP Sporting Excursions to underprivileged children locally and nationally. Anquan Boldin is a Global Human Rights Advocate and Spokesman for Oxfam America, testifying before Congress in 2013 on behalf of the citizens of Senegal, Africa.
An award of $100,000 was awarded this past March to the Anquan Boldin Foundation for Boldin winning the prestigious Byron “Whizzer” White Award, the highest honor given to a player by the NFLPA. This award honors the player who serves his team, community and country in the spirit of Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White. The late Supreme Court Justice was a scholar, athlete, patriot, humanitarian and public servant – the personification of the ideal to which professional football players aspire. For more information about the Q81 Foundation please visit www.Q81.org.
Orlando, March 20, 2014 – The NFL Players Association announced today an award of $100,000 to the Anquan Boldin Foundation for winning the prestigious Byron “Whizzer” White Award, the highest honor given to a player by the NFLPA. The award is being presented at the annual NFLPA Player Representative meetings in Orlando during the joint session of active and former NFL players and honors the player who serves his team, community and country in the spirit of Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White. The late Supreme Court Justice was a scholar, athlete, patriot, humanitarian and public servant – the personification of the ideal to which professional football players aspire.
Anquan Boldin is an 11-year NFL veteran and four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who has played his career with the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens and is now with the San Francisco 49ers. The Anquan Boldin Foundation’s mission is to expand the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged youth. The “Q81 Foundation” is embarking on 10 years this April and has showcased charitable activities in Phoenix, Baltimore, South Florida and most recently in Boldin’s new home of San Francisco. The area where Boldin is truly passionate is his hometown of Pahokee, Florida and the surrounding areas known as “the Glades.” This area is one of an extremely economically-challenged community in the state of Florida. Boldin has also been involved with Oxfam America, Wounded Warriors and the United Way campaigns.
All 32 teams voted for nominees during the regular season and the NFLPA reviewed 54 applications, with each applicant awarded $5,000 for his foundation or charity of his choice. The judges, Domonique Foxworth, Kevin Mawae, Charlie Batch, Mike Kenn and Trace Armstrong, narrowed the applicants down to five finalists. The other finalists were: Davin Joseph (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Stephen Tulloch (Detroit Lions), Matthew Slater (New England Patriots) and Vonta Leach (Baltimore Ravens).
Previous Justice Byron R. “Whizzer” White Award Winners
2013 Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh Steelers
2012 Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
2011 Tony Richardson, New York Jets
2010 Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland Raiders
2009 Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia Eagles
2008 Warrick Dunn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Atlanta Falcons
2007 John Lynch, Denver Broncos
2006 Steve McNair, Tennessee Titans
2005 Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
2004 Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2003 Troy Vincent, Philadelphia Eagles
2002 Mark Brunell, Jacksonville Jaguars
2001 Michael McCrary, Baltimore Ravens
2000 Doug Pelfrey, Cincinnati Bengals
1999 Cris Carter, Minnesota Vikings
1998 Hardy Nickerson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1997 Chris Zorich, Chicago Bears
1996 Bill Brooks, Buffalo Bills
1995 Derrick Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs
1994 Mark Kelso, Buffalo Bills
1993 Nick Lowery, Kansas City Chiefs
1992 Reggie White, Green Bay Packers
1991 Mike Kenn, Atlanta Falcons
1990 Ozzie Newsome, Cleveland Browns
1989 Mike Singletary, Chicago Bears
1988 Deron Cherry, Kansas City Chiefs
1987 George Martin, New York Giants
1986 Nat Moore, Miami Dolphins
1985 Reggie Williams, Cincinnati Bengals
1984 Rolf Benirschke, San Diego Chargers
1983 Doug Dieken, Cleveland Browns
1982 Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers
1981 Ken Houston, Washington Redskins
1980 Gene Upshaw, Los Angeles Raiders
1979 Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys
1978 Archie Manning, New Orleans Saints
1977 Lyle Alzado, Denver Broncos
1976 Jim Hart, St. Louis Cardinals
1975 Rocky Bleier, Pittsburgh Steelers
1974 Floyd Little, Denver Broncos
1973 Andy Russell, Pittsburgh Steelers
1972 Ray May, Baltimore Colts
1971 Kermit Alexander, Los Angeles Rams
1970 Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears
1969 Ed Meador, Los Angeles Rams
1968 Willie Davis, Green Bay Packers
1967 Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers
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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF Q!
NFL WR ANQUAN BOLDIN TO HOST 10TH ANNUAL Q-FESTIVAL WEEKEND
Palm Beach County – February 13, 2014 – The Anquan Boldin “Q81” Foundation proudly announces a decade of dedicated service to underprivileged youth. What started as a two-day event ten years ago with the desire to give back to the Pahokee, Florida community, the Q-Festival Weekend has now grown to be one of Palm Beach counties most anticipated events drawing upwards of 4,000 participants. QFest now encompasses a full 3 days of sports and entertainment that draw celebrities, athletes and fans from near and far. 10 years is a milestone of great significance to the Super Bowl Champion wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who established the Q81 Foundation in 2004, his second year in the National Football League.
Boldin announces the Annual Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament, officially scheduled for April 10, 2014 at the world renowned PGA National Resort & Spa located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In celebration of “10 Years of Q” the Tournament has expanded to two pristine courses at PGA, The Champion Course (home of the Honda Classic) and The Palmer Course. Boldin with many other NFL Gridiron Greats, professional athletes and celebrity golfers will be in attendance. A gourmet, VIP BBQ Awards Dinner will follow.
QFest continues with a series of Free to the Public events in Boldin’s hometown of Pahokee, Florida. Friday, April 11th brings together over 25 of Boldin’s Pals from the NFL, NBA, and WNBA for a legendary Celebrity Basketball Game at Pahokee Middle School beginning at 6:30pm. The 10th Anniversary 2014 Game brings some new players to the court, including fellow 49ers Teammates’ Colin Kaepernick, Michael Crabtree, and Quinton Patton. Longtime returning players, include Broncos Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald, Ravens Ray Rice, Colts Darius Butler, and many more to be announced.
QFest wraps up on Saturday, April 12th with “Fun Day in the Park” at the Anquan Boldin Stadium at Noon where Boldin and his Q81 Team provide food, live entertainment, contests, and giveaways. NFL’s Play 60 campaign will also join in on the fun with youth activities that span nearly half the size of a football field.
“It’s exciting to enter 10 years for the Q81 Foundation and for Q-Festival Weekend,” states Boldin. “QFest is more than just a fun time for me; it is also dear to my heart, because I always wanted to give back to my community that was kind to me when growing up. We are proud of the learning experiences and growth of this decade and look forward to more years to come.”
For more information on how to participate in the Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament or Pahokee events during Q-Festival Weekend, please email Qfest2014@yahoo.com or visit the Anquan Boldin Foundation website at www.Q81.org.
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Annual Scholastic All Star Game, January 4, 2014
FULL ROSTER ANNOUNCED
When: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 6:00pm Eastern
Where: William T Dwyer High School Palm Beach Garden, Florida
Who: The BEST high school qualifying players from Palm Beach County, Florida, and Delkalb and Fulton Counties, Georgia
The Anquan Boldin Foundation and TEAM Elam Foundation are proud to partner to host the 2nd Annual High School Scholastic All-Star Game, taking place on January 4, 2014. This highly anticipated week-long event will serve as a means of bringing young, talented football players together, encouraging academic excellence, sportsmanship and youth empowerment.
This All-Star week will promote a competitive but positive environment. These high school seniors were all chosen based on their academic excellence first in mind. Each student demonstrates a 2.5 minimum GPA, at least one ACTand/or SAT score, and registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center. The students have also demonstrated the very best football among their peers.
These select student-athletes will have football training beginning Monday, December 30, with an opportunity to be coached by the most talented high school coaches and pro-athletes. Additionally, the students conduct daily professional seminars in the areas of finance, legal and media experts, with an effort to expose the student athletes to other professions and life practices. Celebrity players whom have placed a stamp of approval on this event, include Anquan Boldin (San Francisco 49ers), Abe Elam (7-year NFL Veteran, free agent), Brandon Flowers (Kansas City Chiefs), and Matt Elam (Baltimore Ravens).
The All-Star week will conclude on Saturday January 4, 2014 with the Prep & Sports All Star Game. The game will be held at William T Dwyer High School Palm Beach Garden, Florida.
The game will feature Half-time features and special guests. Tickets range between $12-$20 and are still available by calling (877) 515-9595.
Tis the Season!! Boldin and his Q81 Team spread holiday cheer across the country, including
- San Jose
- Palm Beach County
First stop: Students from Mathson Middle School of San Jose, a school in the Alum Rock Union School District serving sixth through eighth grades, were invited to join San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl Receiver Anquan Boldin and his wife, Dionne Boldin, for a holiday shopping spree sponsored by both the Anquan Boldin Q81 Foundation and the Levi’s® brand.
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On behalf of the Q81 Team, we want to Thank Everyone who joined us on November 11th. It was a terrific time getting to know you, hearing your great 49ers stories, and just celebrating that we all have a common goal of helping people. These fundraising efforts have enabled us to complete our year of activities, including providing Thanksgiving meals, Christmas shopping sprees across the country, and support for the annual All-Star Football Tournament.
Please see photos below.
NFL receivers Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald and Roddy White have built Hall of Fame-caliber careers, played in Super Bowls and earned millions of dollars on the field. But they believe they were put in a position of privilege for a reason and that it is their responsibility to give back.
For them, giving back means more than writing a check. Earlier this year, they embarked on a journey that would put them face-to-face with atrocities brought on by human rights violations.
That trip reinforced their appreciation for the unbreakable human spirit.
It was a trip full of self-discovery and selflessness. Boldin, Fitzgerald and White accompanied Oxfam America, a nonprofit organization, on a three-day trip to Senegal, a small country in West Africa faced with widespread poverty even as it continues to provide the world with rich natural resources.
The players helped with humanitarian efforts, participated in rehabilitating farmland and visited a former slave outpost.
They learned about the communities they visited.
They learned about themselves in the process.
ESPN was granted an exclusive, all-access opportunity to document their journey.
Anquan Boldin, the new wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, had a different kind of workout yesterday. The 6’1”, 220–lb. NFL star was on Capitol Hill as an ambassador for Oxfam America.
Boldin testified in front of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights on behalf of citizens in resource-rich countries who are not getting a fair deal for the exploitation of their country’s resources.
As part of yesterday’s hearing about Africa’s resource curse – the paradox that countries with vast natural resource are unable to translate the value into increased development outcomes – Boldin told the committee about an experience from his off-season trip to Sabodala, a village in Eastern Senegal, with fellow NFL stars Roddy White and Larry Fitzgerald.
In Sabodala, unfair deals are leaving families with two bad choices – either move to new land far away from their home to make way for mining companies, or accept a small cash buy-out that is insufficient to sustain them.
Boldin said, “As a professional athlete, I believe strongly in fair play”, and called on Congress to help make oil, gas and mining deals more transparent in order to ensure that citizens in resource-rich countries are getting a fair deal for their country’s resources.
This fight for transparency in oil, gas and mining is critical to helping ensure that the money governments receive for natural resources is used to improve development and provide a pathway out of poverty. Find out more about how the US is leading this effort here.
This article first appeared on One.org
PAHOKEE, Fla., — The Anquan Boldin Foundation (Q81 Foundation) and Florida Crystals Corporation begin week four of another successful year of the Q81 Summer Enrichment Program in the communities of Western Palm Beach County.
The program, now in its third year, offers high school students the opportunity to catch up academically through computer-based credit recovery courses at Everglades Preparatory Academy followed by daily recreational activities — all free for students.
“Last year, our results showed 30 students increased their GPAs through this program, while three student-athletes became eligible to play sports the fall term,” said Super Bowl champion Anquan Boldin of the San Francisco 49ers and Founder of the Anquan Boldin Foundation. “As a native of Pahokee, I’m excited that we’re giving the community proven programs that are helping our youth.”
More than 160 hours of activity are closely monitored by qualified instructors, designed to increase the students’ grade point averages, while also creating unique recreational and motivational activities that most students have never experienced. Following the morning classroom-based curriculum, each day includes either guest speakers, discussions incorporating local agency services and inspiring field trips that take the teenagers throughout the state of Florida. Additionally, the students are provided with both breakfast and lunch through the Summer Food Service Program and Palm Beach County School District.
Organizations participating during the Q81 Summer Enrichment Program include BB &T Palm Beach, Palm Beach Sheriff Office, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Blossoming Beauties, WPEC-TV CBS12 News, Miami Dolphins, Teen Summit of Delray Beach, Port of Palm Beach and Florida Golf Coast.
“The results being achieved by this great summer program are inspiring to the students, parents, educators and those of us who are working to add value and new opportunities in the communities,” said Pepe Fanjul, Jr., executive vice president of Florida Crystals. “These students are our next leaders, so it’s important to support their educational and growth experiences. The feedback and appreciation we’ve received from them makes it all the more rewarding.”
The collaboration between the Anquan Boldin Foundation and Florida Crystals, a multi-national sugar company based in Palm Beach County, was established in 2011 to support the educational and developmental programs for youth and families in western Palm Beach County, where the sugar company has a majority of its Florida operations.
About The Anquan Boldin Foundation
The Anquan Boldin Foundation aka Q81 Foundation, established in 2004, is dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. As evidenced by the charitable activities in Arizona, Baltimore and Boldin’s home state of Florida, the Q81 Foundation has a ten-year history of helping after-school programs. The Foundation conducts an eight-week Q81 Summer Enrichment Program in partnership with Florida Crystals. It also serves the community by awarding great scholastic and community achievement in youth. The Foundation conducts annual Thanksgiving and Holiday Shopping Sprees as well as collaborative efforts in supporting football camps and tournaments. For more information please visit www.Q81.org.
About Florida Crystals Corporation
Florida Crystals Corporation is a leading, fully integrated cane sugar company that farms 192,000 acres in Palm Beach County, Fla., where it also owns two sugar mills, a sugar refinery, a packaging and distribution center, a rice mill and the largest renewable power plant in North America. Its renewable energy facility delivers clean power to its sugar operations and tens of thousands of homes. Florida Crystals with its subsidiary ASR Group, the world’s largest cane sugar refining company, has sugar operations in seven countries worldwide. Its products are marketed through its brand portfolio: Domino(R), C &H(R), Redpath(R), Tate & Lyle(R), Lyles(R), Sidul(R) and Florida Crystals(R). Florida Crystals, a Fanjul Corp. company, is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida.
About Everglades Preparatory Academy
Everglades Preparatory Academy is the first charter high school in the communities of western Palm Beach County. The school was founded by Emilia Fanjul in 2002 to provide a meaningful alternative within the public school system. Everglades Preparatory Academy’s campus is located in Pahokee, Fla.
The Q81 Summer Enrichment Program – Designed for Everglade Prep Students to earn credits to advance to the next grade level or graduation.
- Weekly Field Trips
- Surprise Guest Speakers
- Fun Classroom Instructions
- Lunch Provided
Sessions Begin June 17th.
Monday through Thursday
MUST REGISTER BY JUNE 1ST TO PARTICIPATE
Everglades Prep Students ONLY
For more information please visit the office at Everglades Prep or call 561-924-3002.
WE SINCERELY THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS 2013 AND MAKING OUR Q-FESTIVAL WEEKEND A SUCCESS!
*OVER 3,000 PARTICIPANTS ACROSS 3 DAYS OF ACTIVITIES*
$71,700 was raised from the Golf Fundraiser to support the full Q-Festival Weekend of events offered Free to the community in addition to supporting year-round activities.
You can read more here.
We Thank the below Celebrity Players for their attendance:
Rickey Jackson, Eric Dickerson, Torry Holt, Brian Hartline, Roddy White, Vontae Davis, Brandon Banks, Tori Gurley, Reginald Branch, Reidel Anthony, Bill Riehl, Eric Robinson, Gerald White, Mike Reilly, Michael McBath, Steve Pisarkiewicz, Torrey Smith, Tyrod Taylor, LaQuan Williams, Pernell McPhee, Tandom Doss, Damien Berry, Deonte Thompson, Janoris Jenkins, Brandon Banks, Dwight Bentley, Antone Smith, Abe Elam, Brandon Flowers, Antrel Rolle, Darius Butler, Domonique Rogers Cromartie, Travis Benjamin, WNBA, Riquana Williams, retired PGA, Mr. Calvin Peete, Comedian Alex Thomas, and singer LeAndria Johnson.
We Want to Thank Our Volunteers Who Put in Countless Hours & Enormous Efforts:
Carl Boldin, Jr., Jaimes Marcado, Gloria Marcado, Billy Hanford, John Henry, James Harris, Doug Rowan, Pat Rowan, Patty Balodis, Alecia Pynn, Josh Katz, Chris Lupton, BB&T staff of Palm Beach, Fellowship Christian Athletes, Junior Harris, Patti Aupperlee of Community United Methodist Church of Pahokee, Exposure BBC, Rapture for Fitness’ Robin and Jacarda Austin, Blossoming Beauties Nena Wells, Sister Banks, Hikeem Banks, and the Q81 Team, Tammie Attaway, Brenda Banks, Linda Swaby, Carl Boldin, Bishop Robert Banks and Anquan Boldin.
Q81 Student Achievement Awards:
Charlesia Wright, Everglades Preparatory Academy
Travis Boldin, Everglades Preparatory Academy
Ramon Baltazar, Pahokee High School
William Likely III, Glades Central
Corey Helvey, Southeastern University
Hikeem Banks, recent University of Phoenix graduate, as a recipient of the Q81 Foundation 4-Year Scholarship Program
WE THANK OUR WONDERFUL 2013 SPONSORS
Bible Church Of God
Smart Money Management
The Super Bowl was a classic game for Ravens veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin, a continuation of his historic postseason.
Boldin caught six passes for 104 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown catch, during a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
His production included converting a third-and-7 with a 30-yard catch to extend a drive, and connecting on a third-and-3 with a 30-yard completion where he outmuscled 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver.
“He’s just a huge playmaker,” offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said. “He’s one of those guys that, without question, you have to find ways to get him the ball. He’s going to make some things happen. In extremely tough situations, he plays big.”
That was the case for Boldin throughout the playoffs.
After catching 65 passes for 921 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season, Boldin hauled in 22 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns in the playoffs, as he averaged 17.3 yards per reception.
His catches and receiving yards were both Ravens single-season playoff records.
The yardage ranks Boldin seventh in NFL playoff history behind Larry Fitzgerald, Hakeem Nicks, Jerry Rice, Steve Smith, Charlie Brown and Anthony Carter.
And his catches tied him for sixth in NFL playoff history with Joseph Addai, Tony Nathan and Dan Ross.
“Tough, physical, unselfish, Anquan is a warrior,” Ravens receivers coach Jim Hostler said. “He’s a football player. He embodies what this team is all about.”
Midway through the fourth quarter, Boldin beat Carlos Rogers for a 15-yard catch to extend a drive capped by Justin Tucker’s 38-yard field goal.
“He came up huge,” Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said. “He did a great job on getting open on some of the routes that he had. And we relied on him big time at the end with one of those third downs.
“They rotated over the top of him, so you really wouldn’t throw that ball too much. He got a little bit of separation there and he did a great job of catching the football. That’s a beast right there.”
Boldin doesn’t really care about his statistics, though.
“Everything that you do, everything that you work for is to get to this moment, to get to this point,” Boldin said. “Over my career, this has been what it’s all about. The personal accolades doesn’t mean much to me.
“The money doesn’t mean that much. Winning the Super Bowl, this is why I play. This is why I play through injuries. This is what I get up early in the morning to work out. All for this moment right here.”
This article first appeared in the Baltimore Sun.
Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin has been named the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year honoree. The award is given annually by the National Football League to honor a player’s volunteer and charitable work, as well as his excellence on the field. A local nominee is named from each of the 32 NFL teams, and a panel of judges, including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Connie Payton, widow of the late Walter Payton, will choose the eventual national winner.
In the midst of his 10th NFL season, Boldin has earned numerous football accolades, including three Pro Bowl appearances and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2003). As a Raven, Boldin became the fastest player in NFL history to record 600 career receptions, and this year set another milestone – 10,000 career receiving yards. He finished 2012 leading the team in receptions (65) and receiving yards (921), helping the Ravens capture their fifth-consecutive playoff appearance.
Though Boldin has found success as a professional athlete, he has never taken it for granted. The Ravens’ wide receiver was raised in the impoverished area of Pahokee, Fla., where he had basic necessities, but not much more. Now a husband and father of two, Boldin leads by example through his inspiring philanthropic work all over the world.
Established in 2004, the Anquan Boldin Foundation (Q81 Foundation) is dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. As evidenced by charitable activities in Florida, Arizona and Baltimore, the foundation has an eight-year history of offering after-school programs, full-time college scholarships (with the support of the University of Phoenix), and dental care and food programs for disadvantaged youth. Annual fundraising events include Q-Fest, now in its eighth year, which features a golf classic, celebrity basketball game and “Fun Day in the Park.”
For the second-consecutive year, the Q81 Foundation and Florida Crystals Corporation partnered in 2012 to host the Q81 Summer Enrichment Program. The eight-week course, designed for high school students in need of academic assistance, garnered significant results, as 30 students at Everglades Preparatory Academy (EPA) in Pahokee increased their grade point averages. In addition, four student-athletes improved their GPAs enough to become eligible to participate in sports during the fall semester.
In April 2012, Boldin and former Cardinals’ teammate Larry Fitzgerald embarked on a mission trip to Ethiopia, bringing attention to the ongoing drought and famine in East Africa. The players partnered with hunger-relief organization Oxfam to build retaining walls that protect against erosion in the area.
Boldin is known in the Baltimore community for hosting holiday shopping sprees for youth and food distributions for hundreds of families who would not be able to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday otherwise. He has also supported the military by assembling care packages for troops overseas, with help from the Wounded Warrior Project.
In addition, the NFL standout has been named honorary chair of the United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Leaders United, a collection of leaders 40-and-under who are actively seeking ways to give, advocate and volunteer. As an ambassador, Boldin encourages young professionals to use philanthropy and volunteerism to help their communities.
As the local Walter Payton Man of the Year honoree, he will receive $1,000 towards the Anquan Boldin Foundation. The top three finalists, with the announcement to be made this month, will receive an additional $5,000, and the eventual national winner will receive $25,000 towards his respective charity.
For more information about the Anquan Boldin Foundation, please visit www.q81.org.
This article first appeared on BaltimoreRavens.com
The Anquan Boldin Foundation is proud to partner with Prep & Sports, Inc. to host The Inaugural High School- Clash of Scholar Athletes. This highly anticipated event will serve as a means of bringing young football players together, encouraging academic excellence, sportsmanship and youth empowerment. This All-Star week will promote a competitive but positive environment. The student athletes involved in the event will have a week-long of football training with an opportunity to be coached by Pro-Athletes. Additionally, the students conduct daily professional seminars presented by financial advisor, accountant and lawyer and media experts in an effort to expose the student athletes to other professions and life practices. Celebrity players whom have placed a stamp of approval on this event, include Anquan Boldin (Baltimore Ravens), Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons), Abe Elam (Kansas City Chiefs), and Brandon Flowers (Kansas City Chiefs).
The event will conclude on Saturday January 5, 2013 with the Prep & Sports All Star Game. The game will be held at the Boca Raton Community High School, located in Boca Raton, Florida. Laura Vivas from the NBC show-The Voice, singing the National Anthem at the start of the game. Half time will feature The Battle of the Bands competition. The game will be live streamed on FOX Sports. Tickets are still available by calling 510-484-7022.
Even though we’re no longer teammates on the field, Larry Fitzgerald and I remain teammates off the field, to help others in need. We’re working together again with Oxfam America to fight hunger around the world. This holiday season, we wanted to bring our story to you to help shed light on the global hunger issue, what we are doing with Oxfam to fight it, and how you can help.
Last March, I visited communities in Ethiopia devastated by the drought in East Africa with Larry to see first-hand the living conditions people had to endure. What we saw was both staggering and uplifting. It was staggering to see the level of poverty the Ethiopians were living in and staggering to witness, despite their conditions, how positive and hardworking these people are. Both of us have witnessed poverty and struggle in the United States, but nothing could prepare us for what we saw in Ethiopia. It’s hard to fathom the poverty without seeing it for yourself.
Larry and I visited projects in the community and lent a hand where we could. While Oxfam was providing crucial assistance, it was the people working together and lifting themselves up to feed, clothe, and house their families that was truly uplifting. We met a man with six kids who works all day for 90 cents a day—and has to have three of his kids work with him in the morning instead of going to school for an education.
Though we are back at home halfway through the NFL season, Oxfam is still there helping people improve their lives. They are helping to rebuild villages with wells, livestock, farming tools, and other life-saving resources that will have a lasting impact. It’s our job to help bring attention to the drought in East Africa and the conditions it has brought upon the people, and to show people there are ways to help.
After visiting Ethiopia and seeing both the struggles and hope, I remain as thankful as ever this holiday season. While you reflect on what you’re grateful for in your life, also use the holidays as an opportunity to give back, within and outside your own community. We all need to work together to create positive and lasting change in the lives others.
Anquan Boldin is a wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, and a supporter of Oxfam America
The Q81 Summer Enrichment Program has provided the opportunity to take one or two courses, depending on their need. Following the morning credit-recovery curriculum, the students have a variety of activities, including popular guest speakers, classroom discussions, college visits and field trips that had taken the students outside of Pahokee. The 2012 Program travelled to the Miami Marlins game, Palm Beach State College of Belle Glade, CBS News 12 station, Greenacres Bowl, YMCA Indiantown and to Universal Studios Orlando. Additionally, organizations participating during the Q81 Summer Enrichment Program, included the Miami Dolphins, AmeriCorps, Smart Money Management, City of Pahokee, the Palm Beach Sheriff Office and the Pahokee Housing Authority.
“We are proud to learn the results earned by the students, where their GPA has increased,” says Anquan Boldin, Pro Bowl professional football player and native of Pahokee, FL. “We want the students who need the extra help to have it without being held back a school year. If the students work diligently through the program, they have the opportunity to complete coursework, while increasing their grades. We want to continue creating positive programs such as this one for years to come.”
“Everglades Preparatory Academy strives to provide its students with the most comprehensive and quality educational opportunities possible,” said Emilia Fanjul, founder and chairwoman of the board of Everglades Prep. “We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Anquan Boldin Foundation and Florida Crystals for a second year to offer unique summer enrichment courses to our high school students, free of charge.”
The collaboration between the Anquan Boldin Foundation and Florida Crystals, a Palm Beach County-based sugar producer, was established in April of 2011 to support the educational and developmental programs for youth and families in the tri-cities of western Palm Beach County, where the sugar company has a majority of its Florida operations.
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This story appears in the June 11 Women in Sports issue of ESPN The Magazine.
VISITING WITH VILLAGERS in drought-ravaged Ethiopia, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald have a problem: They can’t give away their money fast enough.
Actually, they can’t give it away at all.
The wide receivers are under strict orders to avoid handouts. Andrew Blejwas, an official with the nonprofit international relief and development organization Oxfam America, is coordinating this late-March trip for the two NFL players and their significant others, and he insists they focus on the task at hand. At the moment, the wideouts are in the region of Tigray, helping about 50 locals move rocks in a ravine, part of the agency’s effort to create small plots of farmable land. A day of hauling rocks earns each worker about 90 cents, paid out by an Oxfam America-supported organization. It’s strenuous, monotonous labor, but it’s pretty much the only job to be found. “I know what it’s like to do without,” Boldin says after working and talking to villagers, “but nothing like this.”
Ethiopia, a country of 93.8 million people, has a per capita annual GDP of $1,100 (compared with $48,100 in the U.S.), but Blejwas is adamant that Boldin and Fitzgerald refrain from slipping anyone cash. “You can’t just give money to random people,” he says. “It could change the social dynamic.” He explains to the NFL stars that even a gift of 500 birr (about $30) could cause serious disruption in this community. If a few villagers were suddenly to become “rich,” many neighbors could resent their good fortune, and some might shun them if not given a share of the windfall.
Last summer, after seeing news reports about Ethiopia’s economic and humanitarian crisis, Boldin decided he needed to get involved. “I wasn’t put on this earth just to play football,” the Ravens receiver says. He eventually learned about Oxfam America and liked its approach, which emphasizes support for grassroots organizations. But Boldin didn’t want to just write a check; he wanted to see for himself what was happening on the ground and raise awareness for the group. He asked Fitzgerald, his former teammate in Arizona, to join him, in part because he knew the good-natured Cardinal would endure the three-day scramble of short-hop flights and spine-jarring SUV rides to visit work sites and aid recipients. “I try to help with whatever cause I can,” Fitzgerald says. “But if it’s Q asking, I try harder.”
Although he is arguably the best wide receiver of his generation, Fitzgerald routinely defers to Boldin, who may be the toughest. (Boldin’s face was broken in a much-YouTubed 2008 helmet-to-helmet collision with the Jets’ Eric Smith. He was back in action three weeks later, plates, pins and all.) Boldin, meanwhile, relishes any chance to tease his friend. On the final night of their visit, the two are slated for a series of fan chats on OxfamAmerica.org. Before the question and answer begins, Boldin reminisces about a time when Fitzgerald, feeling confident after a good workout, challenged his mentor to wrestle. As Boldin tells the story — which ends with Fitzgerald in a headlock — his former teammate corrects some details but otherwise nods in agreement. When Boldin finishes, Fitzgerald suggests an immediate rematch. Boldin’s wife, Dionne, rolls her eyes. “They’re like this all the time,” she says.
They’ve been close since 2004, when Boldin, in his second season, mentored Fitzgerald, the third overall pick in that year’s draft. Their friendship has survived Boldin’s 2010 trade to the Ravens, not to mention polar-opposite personalities. Fitzgerald, 28, is everyone’s best friend — charming, gregarious and generous with smiles. The 31-year-old Boldin, meanwhile, is reserved, suspicious of strangers and gruff to the point of self-parody. “I’ve got too many friends,” he says. “I’m trying to lose some.”
Boldin often rides Fitzgerald for his naïveté and easy path to NFL stardom. Fitzgerald, the son of a Minneapolis sports writer, was a Vikings ball boy. Boldin, by contrast, grew up in Pahokee, Fla., a hole-in-the-swamp town known equally for the surprisingly large number of pro athletes it has produced and its otherwise poor career prospects. When Boldin was a child, his grandfather made him work Saturdays at a local sugarcane processor while repeatedly warning him, “This is what you don’t want to be doing for the rest of your life.”
Back in Tigray, knowing that he has more money than he ever imagined as a kid in Pahokee, Boldin continues to be frustrated with his inability to give cash directly to the villagers. “You just want to do something right now,” he says.
Soon after, while visiting an agricultural school supported by Oxfam America, Boldin and Fitzgerald hear about a livestock sale under way just a short walk down the road. Sensing a path around the no-handout rule, Boldin asks Blejwas if he’s allowed to buy the villagers a cow. The Oxfam rep consults with colleagues before giving the okay, adding that such a gift shows great respect for the community. Fitzgerald chimes in that he’ll spring for a heifer as well, and less than an hour later, the two players are each proud owners of Ethiopian milking cows. As they leave the corral, each man wielding a stick to guide his $200 purchase, Fitzgerald assesses their bovine talent. “Nice looking animal you got there, Q,” he says to his friend, who smirks suspiciously. “But I’ll bet you right now mine produces more milk.”
Boldin shakes his head but says nothing as they begin the walk back to the agricultural school.
Anquan Boldin’s Annual Q-Festival Weekend Enters 8th Year on April 12-14, 2012
The Weekend of Fun, includes Charity Golf Classic and Dinner, Celebrity Basketball Game and Fun Day in the Park
Featuring Over 30 Professional Athletes
Pahokee, Florida – February 8, 2012 – Pro Bowl wide receiver Anquan Boldin of the Baltimore Ravens along with the Anquan Boldin Foundation (Q81 Foundation) is excited to announce the 8th Annual Q-Festival Weekend taking place in Palm Beach County on April 12-14, 2012. This free community weekend has become famous for attracting over 30 NFL athletes throughout the weekend with signature events, including a Charity Golf Tournament & Dinner, a Celebrity Basketball Game and the Fun Day in the Park activities. This year several more events will be added, such as the first annual Gospel Celebration featuring Tye Tribbet, offering a variety of activities for all audiences to participate.
The Charity Golf Tournament, taking place on April 12, 2012 will be played with a profound group of celebrity golfers and supporters for a great experience at the Madison Green Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach, FL. The Tournament is the fundraising portion of the annual Q-Festival Weekend, also serving to continue to raise awareness and funds for both education and recreational programs in Boldin’s hometown of Pahokee.
In addition to the Charity Golf Tournament, the Q-Festival Weekend is comprised of the popular Celebrity Basketball Game on April 13 and the Fun Day in the Park on April 14, both taking place in Pahokee. The Celebrity Basketball Game has been a record-making draw to fans as well as NFL players throughout the league, including players such as Ravens Ray Lewis and Ray Rice, Superbowl Champion Antrel Rolle, Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald, Jets Darrelle Revis, Eagles LeSean McCoy, Bears Josh McCown, Texans Andre Johnson, NFL legends Michael Irvin, Rickey Jackson, Edgerrin James and many more. The Pahokee events are free to the public for everyone interested in attending and include food, entertainment, contests, giveaways, performances and celebration.
“Q-Fest is a weekend of fun and my way of saying thanks to my hometown of Pahokee for the years of support given to me,” says Boldin. “Every year our numbers grow, we have greater support from partners and the community, and we continue to hear feedback where fans consider Q-Fest among the top-rated community events of the year. We’re very proud of that!”
Boldin, three-time Pro Bowl football player, has a decorated history on and off the field. This year Boldin will be inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame on March 25, and he will be honored as a 2012 Distinguished Alumni by the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. Pahokee named their state of the art, high school stadium after Boldin for his dedication to the community.
For more information on how to participate in the Charity Golf Tournament or Pahokee events during Q-Festival Weekend, please call 510-484-7022. For more information on the Gospel Celebration please call 561-755-3560.
About The Anquan Boldin Foundation
The Anquan Boldin Foundation aka Q81 Foundation, established in 2004, is dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. As evidenced by the charitable activities in Arizona, Baltimore and Boldin’s home state of Florida, the Q81 Foundation has an eight-year history of helping after-school programs. The Foundation exercises scholarship and dental programs for children. It also serves the community by awarding great scholastic and community achievement in youth. The Q81 Foundation holds annual holiday shopping spree events as well as the annual Q-Festival Weekend in April. For more information, please visit www.Q81.org
Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Reveals the 2012 Hall of Fame Class- Including Renowned Coaches Rollie Massimino and Jessie Hester and NFL Star Anquan Boldin
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announces its 2012 Sports Hall of Fame inductees- including Pahokee standout wide receiver Anquan Boldin and local coaches, Jessie Hester and Rollie Massimino. The ten inductees will join a legendary list, dating back to 1977, of those that have achieved excellence in the world of sports. The induction ceremony will take place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on the evening of March 25, 2012.
“The 2012 Hall of Fame inductees represent an elite class of athletes and individuals who have a passion and commitment for sports. Each person represents the diversity of talent prevalent in Palm Beach County,” said Joe Ceravolo, Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee. “We are proud to have them as part of our community and honored to have them join the other 238 accomplished athletes and professionals that are members of the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame.”
Anquan Boldin – A member of the Florida High School Association All-Century Team, a team compiled of the top 33 players in the 100 year history of high school football in the state of Florida. In 1998, Boldin was named Florida’s Mr. Football and USA Today First Team All America and Florida Player of the Year and was a star wide receiver at Florida State University. In 2003, he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round (54th overall pick). As a rookie, Boldin set several records, earned the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honor, and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2003, 2006, 2008. In December 2008, he became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 500 receptions, and in November, 2009 he became the fifth-fastest NFL player in history to gain 7,000 receiving yards. He currently is a star receiver for the Baltimore Ravens. Boldin funded the renovation of the Pahokee High School Football Complex and continues to assist the youth in Palm Beach County, in particular the Glades, through the Anquan Boldin Foundation, Q81.
Rollie Massimino – Coach Massimino is responsible for the inception of the basketball program at Northwood University in 2005. In their inaugural season, Massimino led the Seahawks to the NAIA Championship Tournament. In his first four seasons, Massimino led Northwood to four Florida Sun Conference regular season titles, four appearances in the NAIA National tournament, and the Seahawks reached the Elite Eight in 2008. Massimino and
the Seahawks received a bid to play in the 2010 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. In 2011, Coach Massimino was named both NAIA and NABC Coach of the Year. In 35 years, Massimino has a 619-420 record for .596 winning percentage as a college head coach. His impressive overall record at Northwood University is 137-33. Massimino is one of only 17 college coaches to win 500 games and a National Championship; the National Championship came in the 1984-1985 season with Villanova.
Jessie Hester – An All-State and All-America High School standout football player at Glades Central High School, Jessie played wide receiver at Florida State University from 1982 to 1985, achieving All-American honors. In 1985, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders and played eleven years with the Raiders, Falcons and Colts. During his NFL career, Hester played in 147 games and caught 373 receptions for 5,850 yards and 29 touchdowns. He was the head football coach at Glades Central High School for three years with a record of 36-4, going to the State Semi-Finals two out of the three years earning him the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Coach of the Year in 2010. Hester is the new Head Football Coach at Suncoast High School.
Completing the prominent class of 2012 Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame inductees includes:
Kevin Butler – A native and life-long resident of Palm Beach County graduated from St. Leo’s Prep School where he was voted the #1 athlete for his accomplishments in football, baseball and golf. Butler began playing in the Florida State Amateurs (golf) in 1965, finishing in the runner-up spot twice. Kevin played in the 1966 West Palm Beach Open, finishing fifth behind four touring professionals. Though Kevin has had a successful playing career, one of his biggest accomplishments has been his contribution to the Southern Golf Association. He has been officiating for the Association for over 20 years, participating in over 60 tournaments, and in 2008 served as President.
Willie Goldsmith, Sr. – Standout four-year starter on the Roosevelt Devils Football team, and undoubtedly one of the most versatile players ever. Goldsmith, Sr. was named All Conference and All-State as a wide receiver and was a member of the 1959 District Championship team and the 1960 State Championship team. He attended Arkansas A.M. & N College (presently known as University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff) where he played quarterback, defensive back and became a First Team Academic All American. He went on to coach football, basketball and track at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels for forty-four years winning championships in football, basketball and track. In 1996, he was selected by the National Football League as one of the top five best high school football coaches in the nation.
Eric Kresser – Standout athlete who lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Palm Beach Gardens High School. During his senior year, Kresser was the Class 5-A All-State Quarterback. He played four years at University of Florida and one season at Marshall University, leading Marshall to NCAA D-1 championship. Kresser spent three seasons with Cincinnati Bengals, one season with Berlin in NFL Europe, and another season with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
Cauley Patrick – Former Forest Hill High School track and field star, is now serving as a core member of the Palm Beach County Youth Football League, both as coach and board member. He also served as a coach for several years for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Bandit’s semi-pro football team. One of Cauley’s major accomplishments is a second place finish in Shot Put at the Senior World Olympics in St. George, Utah in 2009.
Mark Richt – Previous Boca Raton High School star quarterback and Florida State offensive coordinator, Richt has become one of the most respected coaches in the nation during his nine seasons at the helm of the football program at the University of Georgia. With a 90-27 record, Coach Richt’s .769 winning percentage is third in the
nation among active coaches. At the conclusion of the 2010 season, the Bulldogs earned a Liberty Bowl berth, representing the 10th straight bowl bid for Richt.
Fred Ross – Ross was the first Men’s Head Basketball coach at William T. Dwyer High School. He has had 9 twenty-win seasons in the last 10 years and won state basketball titles in 2004, 2005 and 2011. In his 28 seasons as a head basketball coach in Palm Beach County, he has won 539 games. In 2011, he was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Basketball Coach of the Year and the Andrews/Ceravolo Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year in Palm Beach County.
Jimmy Spencer – A Glades Central High School and University of Florida graduate, he was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1991. Spencer’s 12 year NFL Cornerback career included time with the New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. Spencer is active in the community with the Denver Rescue Mission, where he acts as a liaison that provides families with food, shelter and gifts during the holiday season. He has also created the Jimmy Spencer Foundation that raises money for college scholarships that are given to underprivileged students.
For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and any additional information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission’s 36th Annual Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, please contact the PBCSC at 561.233.3180.
About the Palm Beach County Sports Commission
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Awards program, the Sports Hall of Fame, the Kids Fitness Festival and awards the annual Sam Budnyk Student-Athlete Scholarship. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com.
NFL Stars Reunite to Fight Effects of Drought & Famine in East Africa
Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald join Oxfam to raise awareness of ongoing crisis in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia
NFL superstar wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald are teaming up once again on a mission to bring attention to the ongoing drought in East Africa.
Boldin and Fitzgerald call on football fans and others to support efforts to bring critically needed food and water to people in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, and have released a public service announcement to raise awareness and funds for the region. The former teammates are both perennial Pro Bowl favorites and played together in Super Bowl XLIII. Both players are also well-known contributors to communities in need. They are exemplary role models on and off the field. This effort represents the first time the two stars have teamed up publicly to support a cause.
“This season the rains failed in many areas, causing the worst drought in 60 years,” said Boldin, who joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2010 after seven seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. “More than three months after famine was declared in Somalia the disaster in East Africa continues and help is still desperately needed.”
The July 2011 declaration of famine by the United Nations represented the official recognition of a disaster that is affecting more than 13 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Despite brief rains falling in some areas, delivery of aid is still critical and in some cases made more difficult by the rains, which can make roads in many remote areas virtually impassable.
“In a region where life in many places depends on the ability of trucks to deliver water to remote areas, making sure aid gets there is more important now than ever,” said Fitzgerald, now in his eighth season with the Cardinals. “Anquan and I are working together with Oxfam America to keep the crisis in the public eye and ensure that critical aid gets delivered to those who need it.”
Oxfam, which has been working in the region for more than four decades, aims to reach more than three million people with aid and ongoing humanitarian development programs that protect communities’ future on the land they’ve called home for hundreds of years. Together with partner organizations who live and are from the very areas they are working in, Oxfam is both delivering critical aid and creating new models of sustainable development to create lasting change in the region.
“The situation is dire but it’s not hopeless,” said Michael Delaney, director of humanitarian response for Oxfam America. “We’re grateful for Mr. Boldin and Mr. Fitzgerald’s support, and thankful for their commitment to such an important issue. Their involvement will only help ensure that the crisis in the Horn remains a global priority.”
Note to Editors: The PSA can be viewed here:
- 30 second version for TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFnCJgO-104
- 52 second for web, social media and all other media outlets: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHfSfEH2Weg
Players are available for interviews:
Bridgett Coates, Representative for Anquan Boldin, 510-484-7022
Ann Viitala, Representative for Larry Fitzgerald, 612-305-2959
Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in 99 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. Oxfam America is an affiliate of Oxfam.To join our efforts or learn more, go to www.oxfamamerica.or
Public events to be held on November 15-16 at Pahokee High School
October 27, 2011, Pahokee, FL – The Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) is giving away free $50,000 term life insurance policies to benefit children of working families throughout Pahokee. MassMutual pays all insurance premiums on the policies as part of the company’s philanthropic LifeBridgeSM program. The Anquan Boldin Foundation, founded by Baltimore Ravens player Anquan Boldin, a native of Pahokee, has partnered with MassMutual to spread the word that eligible parents and legal guardians may apply for this coverage at one of two public events to be held on Tuesday, November 15 or Wednesday, November 16 at Pahokee High School, located at 900 Larrimore Road., Pahokee, FL. Both meetings run from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Eligible applicants should call The Anquan Boldin Foundation at 561-755-3560 to schedule their 15 minute appointment. Appointments are preferred.
“LifeBridge is a unique and important program, and we are pleased to bring free life insurance to local families for their children’s education,” said Bishop Robert L. Banks, Jr., Board President and Executive Director of The Anquan Boldin Foundation. “We hope to have more than 100 local families come out to our November meetings. As part of the underwriting process, free health screenings are available to those who qualify.”
MassMutual has issued more than 12,000, 10-year term life insurance policies since launching the program in 2002. This represents more than $600 million in coverage as of August 2011.
MassMutual expects to issue a total of $1 billion in free term life insurance coverage through the national philanthropic free life insurance program, called LifeBridge. The policy proceeds help to
pay for the education of eligible children if their insured parent or legal guardian dies during the 10-year policy term.
Parents and legal guardians between the ages of 19 and 42 may apply for this insurance coverage. They must have one or more dependent children under the age of 18, be working full- or part-time with a total family income between $10,000 and $40,000, and be permanent, legal residents of the U.S. They also must be in good health, as determined by MassMutual’s underwriting guidelines.
“LifeBridge will help bridge the gap between the financial realities hard-working families face and their desire to make a better life for their children,” said Bishop Banks.
If an insured parent or guardian dies during the policy’s term, MassMutual will deposit the $50,000 face amount into a trust administered by The MassMutual Trust Co., FSB, a wholly owned subsidiary of MassMutual, on behalf of the children. The trust will pay the educational expenses of the children directly to the educational institution they attend. The money can be used to help pay for educational expenses such as books, tuition, fees and campus room and board. The types of schools covered include pre-school, private school, trade school, colleges, universities, art, music and graduate schools.
MassMutual agents donate their time and services to help people apply for LifeBridge insurance coverage; agents receive no commission and MassMutual pays all the life insurance premiums. There is no cost to the insured or their children.
Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders. The company has a long history of financial strengthand strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyholders every year since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance,retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.
MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, Inc., member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.
About The Anquan Boldin Foundation
The Anquan Boldin Foundation (Q81 Foundation), established in 2004, is dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. As evidenced by the charitable activities in Arizona, Baltimore and Boldin’s home state of Florida, the Q81 Foundation has a seven-year history of helping after-school programs. The Foundation exercises scholarship and dental programs for children. It also serves the community by awarding great scholastic and community achievement in youth. The Q81 Foundation holds annual holiday shopping spree events as well as the nationally-known, Q-Festival Weekend each April. For more information please visit www.Q81.org.
RAVENS ANQUAN BOLDIN HOSTS 1ST FUNDRAISER DINNER IN BALTIMORE
AT M&T BANK STADIUM ON NOVEMBER 14, 2011
Baltimore, MD – October 18, 2011 – Anquan Boldin, decorated Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, is planning a dinner for a cause at the M&T Bank Stadium on Monday, November 14, 2011 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm Eastern. This event, the first hosted by Boldin in Baltimore, will welcome around 200 guests to a private, fantasy-themed evening that will take full advantage of the stadium atmosphere with a first-time Fantasy Football 101 session, tours, memorabilia, and exceptional food. Additionally, Boldin’s teammates and Ravens staff are expected to attend along with 105.7 the Fan host Rob Long to emcee the event as well as Ken Zalis of FansFantasyFootball.com and Pressboxonline.com.
Sponsors to date who are hosting a table at the event include Baltimore Ravens, Sun Trust, American Sugar Refining, Inc., Florida Crystals, Under Armour, Green States Energy, Cutters, Buckman, Buckman & Reid, and Amy and Andy John.
The Anquan Boldin Foundation (Q81 Foundation) has a seven-year history of helping youth programs providing grants, donation of gifts, summer camps, dental programs, shopping sprees, and food programs. This past summer, the Q81 Foundation in partnership with Florida Crystals facilitated an eight-week summer enrichment camp for high school youth. Following these efforts, the Foundation has been granted the opportunity to deliver over 2,000 free life insurance policies to families who qualify. Boldin, who was awarded the 2010 Ravens’ Walter Payton May of the Year award, is also the honorary chair of the Emerging Leaders United (ELU) program of the United Way of Central Maryland.
A limited number of tickets are available for $250 per person by visiting the Q81 Foundation EVENT SITE, or by calling 510-484-7022 or emailing email@example.com. Proceeds from sponsorships and ticket purchases will benefit the Q81 Foundation and its continued support in Baltimore, Phoenix, and Pahokee communities.
About The Anquan Boldin Foundation
The Q81 Foundation, established in 2004, is dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. As evidenced by the charitable activities in Arizona, Baltimore and Boldin’s home state of Florida, the Q81 Foundation has a seven-year history of helping after-school programs. The Foundation exercises scholarship and dental programs for children. It also serves the community by awarding great scholastic and community achievement in youth. The Q81 Foundation holds annual holiday shopping spree events as well as the nationally-known, Q-Festival Weekend each April. For more information please visit www.Q81.org
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The Bible Church of God honors Anquan Boldin for his generosity of giving to his place of worship and giving to his community in need.
Bible Church of God is soon to meet the needs of their building fund, a spiritual journey soon to be achieved.
Please join Bishop Robert Banks at the Bible Church of God for Sunday worship at 3666 E. Hwy 70 Okeechobee, FL 34972.
About The Camp
This is a non-contact youth football skills camp, which will include the top coaching staff from Palm Beach County along with huge celebrity locals including Anquan Boldin, Pierre Garcon, Ab Elam, Brandon Flowers, Devin Hester & more!
This summer’s Palm Beach County All Stars Camp is designed to encourage boys and girls age 10-18 years old to participate and enjoy the game of football, while maximizing each camper’s potential as a football player. The Camp will focus on the fundamentals of football but will also aggressively touch on intangible elements such leadership, work ethic and being a positive role model. All camp instructions and activities will be held at the Anquan Boldin Stadium in Pahokee.
Day 1 and Day 2
10:00am-10:15am Stretch & Warm-ups
10:15am-11:45am Rotation of Drills
11:45am-12:15pm Lunch Break
12:30 pm-1:30pm Back on Field / Competitions
1:30pm-2:00pm Announcements/Close out
What to Bring to Camp
Please have each child bring shorts, t-shirts, socks, shoes or cleats. Also, please eat a light breakfast before arrival. Lunch will be provided along with camp t-shirts and a goodie bag.
For an enrollment application CLICK HERE
All information must be completed for registration to be processed. Please remember to pickup a WAIVER statement, signed and returned with your application. A confirmation packet will be sent via email after forms are received.
INCOMPLETE FORMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 484-7022.
Anquan Boldin Foundation and Florida Crystals to Sponsor Summer Enrichment Activities at Everglades Preparatory Academy
Organizations to Provide Summer Activities in Palm Beach County’s Glades Communities
Pahokee, Florida — April 14, 2011 — The Anquan Boldin Foundation (Q81 Foundation) and Florida Crystals Corporation today announce they will collaborate with Everglades Preparatory Academy to provide summer enrichment activities for students in the Glades communities of Palm Beach County.
Students in middle school and high school will be encouraged to enroll in this summer’s activities, which will include a two-day sports camp led by Three-Time Pro Bowl receiver and Pahokee-native Anquan Boldin and other top-name professional athletes from the area. Enrollment will begin on Saturday, April 16 at the Q81 Foundation’s Q-Festival Weekend “Fun Day in the Park” event held at the Pahokee High School stadium (also known as the Anquan Boldin Stadium) from Noon to 4:00 PM.
“The Anquan Boldin Foundation have been long-time supporters of our Pahokee youth, and we are excited to have Florida Crystals help us explore better ways to expand opportunities for the kids who need it,” said Anquan Boldin. “We both share the same goals and passion to bringing our youth hope for improvement. This is the start of a very promising relationship.”
The Q81 Foundation, established in Pahokee area in 2004 by Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowler Anquan Boldin, set forth a goal to provide quality after school programming in Pahokee, primarily for kids 13 and up who have very limited resources and support.
“The collaboration with the Anquan Boldin Foundation is an ideal fit within the framework of support Florida Crystals strives to build in the communities,” said Pepe Fanjul Jr., Florida Crystals’ executive vice president. “We are always ready to do our part as a proud member and partner in the community to help its next generation of leaders with their personal growth and development.”
Florida Crystals, a Palm Beach County-based sugar producer, supports educational and developmental programs for youth and families in the tri-cities of western Palm Beach County, where the company has a majority of its Florida operations. The company has been an active member of the community since 1960, when its first sugar mill was built in Pahokee.
The summer programs will take place at Everglades Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Pahokee that was founded to give parents and students in the Glades communities a broader choice for high school education.
The Q81 Foundation announced the partnership with Florida Crystals at the Q-Festival Weekend’s private Awards Dinner onApril 14, following the foundation’s Charity Golf Tournament at the PGA National resort.
About The Anquan Boldin Foundation
The Anquan Boldin Foundation aka Q81 Foundation, established in 2004, is dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. As evidenced by the charitable activities in Arizona, Baltimore and Boldin’s home state of Florida, the Q81 Foundation has a seven-year history of helping after-school programs. The Foundation exercises scholarship and dental programs for children. It also serves the community by awarding great scholastic and community achievement in youth. The Q81 Foundation holds annual holiday shopping spree events as well as the annual Q-Festival Weekend in April. For more information please visitwww.AnquanQ81Foundation.com.
About Florida Crystals Corporation
Florida Crystals Corporation is a leading, fully integrated cane sugar company that farms 187,000 acres in Palm Beach County, Fla., where it also owns two sugar mills, a sugar refinery, a packaging and distribution center, a rice mill and the largest renewable power plant in North America. Its renewable energy facility delivers clean power to its sugar operations and tens of thousands of homes. Florida Crystals is the only producer of certified organic sugar grown and harvested in the USA and the only producer certified CarbonFree® sugar, which means its products have a carbon neutral footprint. Florida Crystals, with its subsidiary, American Sugar Refining, Inc., is the world’s largest cane sugar refining company, owns and operates sugar refineries in six countries worldwide. Its products are marketed through its brand portfolio: Domino®, C&H®, Redpath®, Tate & Lyle® and Florida Crystals®. Florida Crystals, a Fanjul Corp. company, is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida.
About Everglades Preparatory Academy
Everglades Preparatory Academy is the first charter high school in the Glades communities of western Palm Beach County. The school opened in 2002 to provide a meaningful alternative within the public school system. Everglades Preparatory Academy’s campus is located in Pahokee, Fla.
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Q-Festival Weekend Official Dates are April 14-16, 2011!
Thursday, April 14 (11am registration): Charity Golf Classic at the PGA National Champions Course!
Friday, April 15: Celebrity Basketball Game – over 25 top name athletes!
Saturday, April 16: Fun Day in the Park – fashion show, contests, sports and more!
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Palm Beach County Big Community Weekend, Pro Athlete Inspired!!
Anquan Boldin Celebrates 7th Annual Q-Festival Weekend on April 14-16, Over 25 NFL Athletes, Special Community Announcements, and More
Pahokee, Florida – March 31, 2011 – Three-Time Pro Bowl wide receiver Anquan Boldin of the Baltimore Ravens along with the Anquan Boldin Foundation (Q81 Foundation) is soon to celebrate the 7th Annual Q-Festival Weekend in a Big way! This weekend brings more athletes than ever before, currently at over 25 recognizable names. Furthermore, through Q-fest the Q81 Foundation has largely expanded its outreach to community leaders on the importance of quality after-school programs to the Glades area of Palm Beach County. Special announcements and new community partners will be proudly revealed during the Q-Festival events.
Q-Fest is comprised of the Charity Golf Tournament at the world renowned PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla, scheduled for April 14, 2011. The Tournament will be played on the Champion Course – home of the PGA Honda Classic – and there are few remaining spaces available and sponsorship opportunities. In addition the popular Celebrity Basketball Game is played at Pahokee High School gymnasium on April 15 and the “Fun Day in the Park” on April 16 at the Pahokee Stadium (aka Anquan Boldin Stadium).
This incredible Q-Fest roster currently includes Boldin, Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, Ed Reed, Ray Rice, Darrelle Revis, Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, Devin Hester, James Lee, Donte Stallworth, David Clowney, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tommie Harris, Pierre Garcon, Ab Elam and more, throughout the weekend.
Boldin decided early in his NFL career to host this annual event in order to give back to his hometown community of Pahokee, Florida. “Q-Fest keeps getting better and more of Pahokee and the surrounding communities consider the event as a must-attend in the month of April,” says Boldin. “Each year the Anquan Boldin Foundation uses this event as a way to allow kids to have fun and meet the athletes they see on TV. We also encourage the community to join together and continue doing what we can to support our youth who need us.”
Pahokee named their state of the art, high school stadium after Boldin for his dedication to the community. Boldin was also recently honored with the Ravens Walter Payton Man of the Year for his work on and off the field.
For more information on how to participate in the Charity Golf Tournament or Pahokee events during Q-Festival Weekend, please call 510-484-7022 or visit the Anquan Boldin Foundation website at www.q81.org.
Ravens WR Anquan Boldin has been named the team’s honoree as the Walter Payton Man of the Year. The award is given annually by the National Football League to honor a player’s volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field. A local nominee is named from each of the 32 NFL teams, and a panel of judges, including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Connie Payton, widow of the late Walter Payton, will choose the eventual national winner.
Boldin, in his eighth NFL season, was named the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2003, and has earned three career Pro Bowls. Boldin is the fastest player in league history to reach 400, 500 and 600 catches. Playing in Arizona for seven years, he finished as the Cardinals’ all-time receptions leader (586).
The playmaker is now at home in Baltimore and leads the team in receiving yards (813) and touchdowns (seven). He ranks second with 60 receptions and has played an integral role in the Ravens’ 10-4 start.
Off the field, community outreach is very important to the Boldin family. Anquan, wife Dionne, and sons Anquan, Jr. and newborn Ashton, are frequently seen out and about. The Anquan Boldin Foundation, established in 2004, is dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. Charitable work has been concentrated in Florida and Arizona, but now includes Baltimore. Fundraising efforts support local initiatives and the building fund of a Youth Center in Pahokee, Fla (Anquan’s hometown). Anquan recently acquired the land for the nonprofit to energize its capital campaign. Annual events include his Q-Fest, which features a golf classic, celebrity basketball game and “Fun Day in the Park.” The event is in its sixth year.
Anquan recently hosted the sixth annual Holiday Helpers event, alongside teammate Derrick Mason, where the duo donated $10,000 to provide a personal shopping experience for youth in need. Anquan also joined the Wounded Warrior Project in September to assemble packages for troops overseas. The group filled more than 200 backpacks as part of the Under Armour Freedom Initiative, where fans can purchase Wounded Warrior Project/Under Armour-branded products and give the backpack to injured heroes. Each pack contained products worth more than $300 and will be presented to an injured service member recuperating in a military hospital.
In addition, the NFL star was recently named honorary chair of the United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Leaders United, a collection of leaders 40-and-under who are actively seeking ways to give, advocate and volunteer. Boldin will encourage young professionals to use philanthropy and volunteerism to help the community.
As the local Walter Payton Man of the Year honoree, he will receive $1,000 towards the Anquan Boldin Foundation. The top three finalists, with the announcement to be made in January 2011, will receive an additional $5,000, and the eventual national winner will receive $25,000 towards his charity.
NFL Pro Bowl Receiver Anquan Boldin partners with United Way of Central Maryland to encourage young professionals to give, advocate and volunteer
November 2, 2010
NFL’s Three-Time Pro Bowler of the Baltimore Ravens, Anquan Boldin, has partnered with United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) as an ambassador for its Emerging Leaders United (ELU) program. ELU comprises a network of passionate young leaders 40 and under who are actively seeking ways to give, advocate and volunteer. With this partnership, Boldin will encourage up-and-coming young professionals to use philanthropy and volunteerism to advance the community.
United Way of Central Maryland will host an ELU Welcome Reception on November 30 to officially introduce Boldin as the new honorary chair. This event will allow ELU members to network and meet their new ambassador.
“The Baltimore Ravens have been long-time supporters of United Way, and we are excited to have Anquan help us reach a new generation of ambassadors and philanthropists,” said Mark Furst, President and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland. “Great partnerships are what it takes to help those who are most vulnerable in our community. Having Anquan as an ambassador will be a welcomed asset to the ELU program. He is new to Baltimore, but not new to supporting his neighbors in need. We hope Anquan’s passion will be contagious.”
“The opportunity to promote giving and volunteering is important to me and those who need our help,” said Boldin. “I started the Anquan Boldin Foundation in 2004 to help underprivileged youth, and alongside my foundation, I am happy to connect with the United Way and ultimately support programs and services to better the lives of families in need. We are the next generation, and it’s our turn to better our community.”
About Emerging Leaders United
ELU is a network of passionate young leaders 40 and under who are actively seeking ways to give, advocate and volunteer. It’s a way for today’s up-and-coming business leaders to use philanthropy and volunteerism to advance the community. To join, visit http://www.uwcm.org/elu/ (http://www.uwcm.org/elu/).
About United Way of Central Maryland
For 85 years, United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) has been the region’s human services leader. It supports programs and initiatives in the city of Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. UWCM is dedicated to helping individuals and families meet their emergency needs, stabilize their lives, and ultimately lift them up and out of the circumstances that make them vulnerable; drawing upon local knowledge, data and expertise to understand the community’s needs, identify where gaps exist and support what works in addressing them and serving as a powerful voice and advocate on critical health and human issues. By encouraging all people in central Maryland to give, advocate or volunteer, UWCM wants to show the true power of LIVING UNITED. For more information, visit http://www.uwcm.org (http://www.uwcm.org) or call 410.547.8000.
About Anquan Boldin
Anquan Boldin, in his eighth year in the NFL, became a new face of the Baltimore Ravens March 5, 2010 and instantly became an impact, must-needed link in the quest of a Super Bowl Championship.
While a Cardinal, Anquan made enormous achievements with five, 1,000 yard seasons. On November 15, 2009, vs. the Seattle Seahawks, Boldin became the fifth- fastest NFL player ever to gain 7,000 receiving yards. In 2008, Anquan helped lead his team to their first ever Super Bowl appearance and earned his third Pro Bowl berth. In 2006, Anquan was seventh in the league in receiving yards (1,203) and was selected to his second Pro Bowl. In 2004, Anquan was named a Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist. This award is given by the NFL in recognition of players in off-the-field community service as well as playing with excellence. That same year he was also awarded the Ed Block Courage Award by the Arizona Cardinals.
The Anquan “Q81” Foundation started in his sophomore season with a mission to bring hope to underprivileged children. Well known throughout the league for his work ethic, his character, and his professionalism, Anquan is also known for his generosity in giving back to his community as evidenced by his charitable activities in Arizona, and his home state of Florida and now Central Maryland. For more information please visit http://www.AnquanQ81Foundation.com (http://www.AnquanQ81Foundation.com).
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United Way of Central Maryland
Bridgett Coates – PR for Anquan Boldin