The Return To The Bay

49er fans, I wanted to be the first to tell you that I’m returning to San Francisco.

Looking forward to joining my teammates, coaching staff and fans to bring back another championship to the Bay Area.

Let’s go after our Quest For Six.

-Q

Annual Scholastic All Star Game, January 4, 2014

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.

Anquan Boldin & The Baltimore Ravens Win Super Bowl XLVII

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

Anquan Boldin Named Ravens’ Walter Payton Man Of The Year

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 Inaugural High School Clash of Scholar Athletes

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.

The Anquan Boldin Football Clinic

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.

Camp Schedule

Day 1 and Day 2

9:30am-10:00 Check-In
10:00am-10:15am Stretch & Warm-ups
10:15am-11:45am Rotation of Drills
11:45am-12:15pm Lunch Break
12:15pm-12:30pm Discussion
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.

ENROLLMENT INFORMATION:

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 bcoates@exposurebbc.com or call (510) 484-7022.