Baltimore Ravens newest star Anquan Boldin will be taking fan interaction to a different level this coming season. The recently acquired pro bowl receiver will not only entertain several of his most favorite fans, but also use their assistance in helping underprivileged youths in Baltimore as well as other cities in the United States.

The Anquan Boldin Foundation recently announced its plans to introduce the “Catches for a Cause” program this season, allowing fans the opportunity to join him in donating money towards the benefit of kids. Boldin’s fans can donate $500 for every touchdown score, $100 per reception, or take the option of donating whatever amount of money they wish.

“This is the Anquan Boldin Foundation’s first year working with several Baltimore programs who service underprivileged youth who will benefit from this program. Our after-school programs in Florida and Phoenix will also benefit,” said Bridgett Coates of Exposure BBC, a public relations partner with the Anquan Boldin Foundation. “During last year’s fundraising the Anquan Boldin Foundation provided over 250 kids each with $100 gift cards during the holiday as well as an entire football team was brought out to watch Boldin’s NFL game.”

Boldin was raised in a poverty-stricken community in Pahokee, Fla., a small agricultural town in Palm Beach County. Many from the neighborhood experienced moments when they didn’t know where their next meal was coming from. According to Coates, it’s experiencing that lifestyle as a young person that influenced Boldin to take on a humbling position and give back to his communities.

That’s why in 2004, he created his foundation, which funds scholarships, several after-school programs, holiday gifts, dental care and the annual Q-Festival, where more than 3,000 participants enjoy free activities throughout a weekend.

“I don’t want to be just another guy who played in the NFL,” Boldin said. “We have a bigger purpose to touch lives and I’m trying to do that.”

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor