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Larry's First Down Fund Pay It Forward

Larry's First Down Fund Pay It Forward
Team Fitzgerald comments 8/9/2016 1:27:31 PM Share This

Larry Fitzgerald has allocated $100,000 from the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund for reading and technology grants to be made in September.  The grants will support activities designed to close the technology gap, and to promote and improve reading skills, for K-12 youth.  Only tax-exempt programs serving youth and K-12 schools are eligible.  Grants in the amount of $5,000 - $10,000 will be made.  For this initiative only schools and programs serving youth in Minnesota or Arizona are eligible.

Larry explained his reasoning in allocating these funds:  “Reading aptitude and effective use of technology are both important cornerstones of academic success as well as personal enjoyment.  With these grants we will be supporting programs that advance one or both of those components of academic achievement."
 
Here are the guidelines if your organization would like to apply for a grant.
Please be concise in your request!  And please include the following:

  • Provide a paragraph describing your organization, including the program your organization would support with this grant and the youth served by the program.
  • Provide a paragraph describing accomplishments of the program in the past year or two.
  • Include contact information for your organization including contact person, address, and telephone number.

 
Requests must be submitted no later than August 26.
 
Send your request to:
larryfitzgeraldfirstdownfund@gmail.com

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Team Fitzgerald comments 12/30/2015 11:12:32 PM Share This
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An Amazing Day On Capitol Hill

An Amazing Day On Capitol Hill
Larry Fitzgerald comments 5/8/2013 7:00:00 PM Share This

Today I spent an amazing day on Capitol Hill to raise awareness for a subject very important to me- good health and nutrition. Through my partnership with EAS Sports Nutrition, I’ve learned firsthand the critical role that nutrition and dietary supplements play in fueling my performance- both on and off the field.

To drive continued support and access to safe dietary supplements for future athletes, I spent the day visiting with members of Congress. My first stop was Senator John McCain’s office. The Senator, a proud representative of my home state, graciously gave me a tour of the history-filled walls of the Senate offices in the Capitol building with stops in the Rotunda, and the Senate floor where critical hearings and votes take place every day. With more than 30 years of service in Congress, I was honored to spend time with Senator McCain and learn about his life and the top issues on his agenda.

Next we met with another Arizona representative, Senator Jeff Flake, and his enthusiastic office of new staffers. We talked nutrition, football and about his skills in annual Congress baseball tournament- which sounds like one competitive game! I then met with family friend and Congressman Danny K. Davis of Illinois to discuss the importance of role models and youth leadership. He’s spent much of his career advocating for health and youth initiatives- I want to personally thank him for his dedication. Wrapping up my visits, I spent time with Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ) – another fine example of a gracious representative who has committed her life work to advancing important causes for Arizona and this country.

I finished the day with an address to nearly 50 members of the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus to illustrate the need for continued access to safe dietary supplements for athletes of all levels. Drawing on my nearly 10 years in the NFL, I was able to share my personal story of working hard and taking no shortcuts to reach my goals and dreams. Thanks to everyone who supported this event and took the time to consider this important topic- the work you do is amazing and I’m grateful to have spent the time sharing and learning from you.

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Remaining charities that will be receiving donations

Remaining charities that will be receiving donations
Team Fitzgerald comments 1/18/2013 9:05:48 AM Share This

The season is over for the Cardinals way too soon. I'm enjoying my travels in South America but I would rather still be playing.

On a positive note, here are the remaining charities that will be receiving $1,000 donations. There were so many great nominees and it was difficult to only pick some of them! But I hope my giving will inspire you to volunteer for organizations in your community, or donate at whatever level you can.

Each of the following organizations will receive a donation in addition to the donations already announced in the last couple of months.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Boys and Girls Club on the Navajo Nation, Tuba City Agency
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University. This is an activity where college students devote their time to raise money to provide a free week of camp for kids who have a parent who has or had cancer
Johnson County CAN, in Nebraska, preventing alcohol and drug use by youth
Two organizations that serve medical needs so kids can still be kids while getting the medical support they need:
The Guild School and Neuromuscular Center in Spokane Washington
Phoenix Children's Hospital

Thanks again for your support this season! Make the offseason a good one!

FFF!

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