Besides the numerous team-related appearances in the community, players and coaches also invest time and effort into the community of their own volition.
Larry Fitzgerald's "First Down Fund"
Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald's impact on the Arizona community was evident again this past year as he participated at various community events and appearances while also supporting the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial fund in honor of his late mother who passed away in 2003 as a result of breast cancer.
The fund helps support causes that his mother held close to her heart, such as the education of urban youth on HIV/AIDS and breast cancer issues.
In 2004 Fitzgerald also established the "Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund" to support children and their families. The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund has given money for computer equipment, vision care, and other activities to support youth.
For more information about Fitzgerald's foundation, visit www.larryfitzgerald.com/helpingpeople/firstdownfund/
Coach Bruce Arians' “Arians Family Foundation”
In 2013, Bruce and Christine Arians created the Arians Family Foundation (AFF) with the goal of helping to prevent the abuse and neglect of children. Through her work as a family-law attorney, Christine has worked with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to help ensure that children involved in the court system as a result of abuse or neglect by their families received the help they need.
During its first year, the foundation developed a number of cornerstone events, including the annual Georgia Celebrity Golf Classic. With golf again serving as a backdrop, the first annual Arizona Celebrity Golf Classic was held March of 2014 at the Westin-Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. The event is aimed at raising money to train new CASA personnel to help support the 10,000+ kids in foster care in Maricopa County.
The AFF expanded again in 2015 with a new signature event, holding the inaugural Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser Dinner on June 8 at Steak 44 in Phoenix. In April of ’14, the AFF held its inaugural Superhero Walk-Run at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, AZ. In November of ’13, the AFF held its first annual Putt Putt 4 Purpose Celebrity Golf Challenge at Golfland in Mesa, AZ, in which Cardinals coaches, players, and many others played rounds of putt putt golf to help support the foundation.
The AFF has also benefited through the sales of Arians inspired t-shirts and hats. The “Coach” t-shirt is all red with a graphic of Arians’ signature look designed by Arizona company State Forty Eight. For every “Coach” t-shirt sold, $5 is donated to the AFF. So far, over $15,000 has gone to the foundation.
For more information about the Arians Family Foundation, please visit http://www.ariansfamilyfoundation.com/
Calais Campbell's "CRC Foundation"
Since joining the Cardinals, Calais Campbell has established himself as one of the team's leading philanthropists through his work with the team and also through his "CRC Foundation." A two-time Cardinals "Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year" selection, (2014, 2011), Campbell has made it his mission to give back to the Arizona community through team events and his personal foundation work.
In 2010, he founded the "CRC Foundation," named after his late father, Charles. The foundation is committed to the enhancement of the community by teaching life skills to assist with the development of young people. Through sports, the enrichment of creative talents, vocational skills, guidance of positive financial skills and quality health and nutrition, the foundation seeks to empower and provide self-awareness for future leaders.
In 2015, Calais continued his "Cheer for a Cause" program. At every home game the past three seasons, CRC Foundation representatives selected one fan wearing a Campbell jersey at University of Phoenix as a winner. Winners received a donation to a charity of their choice from Calais, with the amount dependent on his game performance. (The CRC Foundation donates $500 for a team win, $1,000 for a one-sack game, and culminates with $15,000 for a five-sack game).
For more information about Campbell's foundation, visit www.thecrcfoundation.org
Patrick Peterson's "Foundation for Success"
Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson's play on the field has made him one of the NFL's brightest young stars. The Cardinals 2015 "Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year" has used his status to give back to the community through his foundation and his various charitable contributions.
In 2013, he created the "Foundation for Success" which aims to provide low-income and inner city youth with opportunities and resources to reach their full potential. The foundation hopes to implement an excellent balance for community development.
In January of 2015, Peterson unveiled the first "Patrick's Corner" of his foundation for students and families at Nevitt Elementary School in Phoenix. "Patrick's Corner" provides access to books and a safe environment to read with friends and family for at-risk students. His foundation is planning to place and maintain 10 "Patrick's Corners" libraries in Title I schools and inner city community centers throughout Arizona to provide at-risk students with access to books and a safe environment to read with friends and families. Peterson has already opened four ‘Patrick's Corners" and will be opening six more by the end of 2016.
For more information about Peterson's foundation and community work, visit www.patrickpeterson.org
Drew Stanton's "High 5ive Foundation"
In 2008, quarterback Drew Stanton established "The High 5ive Foundation" which focuses on improving the quality of life for all people with varying disabilities through raising public awareness and inspiring individuals towards achieving personal goals.
As a result of his various fundraising initiatives, which includes an annual golf outing and a kickball tournament back in his home state of Michigan, Stanton's foundation is able to help support funding for five different organizations: Special Olympics of Michigan, Children's Miracle Network, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Orchard's Children's Services and Sparrow Children's Center.
The foundation was able to provide uniforms for the 2014 Special Olympics Winter Games and in 2015, the High 5ive Foundation was presented with the Joe Falls Inspiration Award at the annual Special Olympics Inspire Greatness Gala in Detroit. The award recognizes an individual involved with Special Olympics Michigan who has had a historic and dramatic impact on the program. In addition last year, Stanton, in partnership with the Taylor Haugen Foundation and his own foundation, helped outfit the football team at the high school he graduated from (Harrison) with special equipment to help protect players from internal injuries.
For more information about Stanton's foundation and community work, visit www.high5ivefoundation.org/.
Professional Football Players Mothers Association
We are a non-profit corporation comprised of mothers of professional football players, or those who serve that role in a player's life. We are here to create a support system and information network for mothers of professional football players by forming membership association to address specific needs and concerns and enhance the public perception of our sons. Our organization is nationwide, and our goal is to have mothers whose sons represent every football team.
For more information or to join please visit our website: www.pfpma.org.