Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Baltimore Ravens' Daniel Wilcox

Name: Daniel Wilcox

What is your job?
I am a Pro Athlete, I play tight end/full back for the Baltimore Ravens

What social causes are most important to you?

I'm really into helping underprivileged children and giving them an opportunity to see things in a different light -- to help them to start thinking outside of the box and broaden their horizons.

What charities do you support - and how?

I reach out to the inner city youth with a focus on education and life skills... with red carpet movie premieres, spelling bees, online tutoring courses, homeroom huddle programs, football camps, SAT Prep, motivational speaking, book drives, and starting reading programs. I also support my teammates and other players events through their foundations.

Why do you have a passion for one in particular?
I started The Empowerment M.I.N.D.S. (Motivating and Inspiring Neighborhoods Determined to Succeed) foundation because I wanted to be able to do events and come up with my own ideas for the children in order to give them things that I never had growing up.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?

Yes, please check out my blog on Yardbarkers and check out the foundation’s website as well. I try to keep people updated on my current events and things that goes on, on and off the field.

How would you define social responsibility?

I know that no matter how hard athletes fight the "I'm not a role model" thing... I know that I am just that... A role model! I know the kids look up to us... so I try to always carry myself in such a way that I'm leading by example. I grew up in a single family home; I didn't have that male role model, so I had to reach out and grab who ever I could... I know a lot of the kids that I'm dealing with are brought up in that same situation... lil’ boys need a male figure to look up too. I just want to help out as much as I possibly can. If I can help them not to make the same mistakes I made that means I did my job.

Quick list of tattoos/mention artists:
All of my work was done by an artist in Boone N.C. "The Mark of Cain Tattoos".

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