Sunday, December 8, 2013

NFL's Marcus Stroud and the Marcus Stroud Charitable Foundation

Name: Marcus Stroud

What is your job? Former NFL 3X Pro Bowl and All Pro; Founder – Marcus Stroud Charitable Foundation; Entrepreneur

What social causes are most important to you? Helping underprivileged children in low-income single parent homes.

What charity do you support – and how?  I established the Marcus Stroud Charitable Foundation in 2007 with the mission is to enhance and enrich the lives of under-privileged children by establishing various academic and athletic programs otherwise unavailable to them. I saw a need for a foundation which not only supports disadvantaged children but also encourages their wholesome development.

 The Foundation runs multiple programs with an emphasis in Atlanta, GA. Programs include: SACKING OBESITY - Raising awareness for the current childhood obesity epidemic. Through this, we provide resources, tool and materials to participants on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Sacking Obesity camps occur once a year. This camp is a day packed with nutrition, health and wellness. SACKING ILLITERACY- Donating books to local Boys & Girls Clubs while empowering youth that reading really is fun! PASS & PLAY HOLIDAY - Taking children from disadvantaged living situations shopping during the holiday season.  FITDAY- Planning Field Days for after school groups to really try and emphasize the importance of being healthy. The Foundation’s programs have helped thousands of kids and families start a path to living a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie?
I wanted to start a charity that could be an “agent of change” that we want the world to see. We partner with established, like-minded organizations to provide positive reinforcement that kids need to make good choices in life. The programs provide a unique blend of physical and educational activities for kids. Many of the programs require parents/guardians to participate as well which encourages the entire household to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?
Just being a positive role model to the youth that are around you, can make all the difference. Whether it’s a family member or a child in your community, taking the time to talk with them, help them with homework or tossing a football around, will make an impact.

How would you define social responsibility? Kids need to realize that they have endless possibilities. Any way you can, help them have a life full of fun, information and motivation so they can go on to do whatever they want in life.

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