Posted in Articles, Football, NCAAF, NFL

Posted By: Michael Cecchin

Every professional athlete has a different story and path that led him or her to their dream of playing at the most elite level in sports. Stories of hardships, injuries and determination are ones that inspire not just the athletes, but the fans who aspire to be like their favourite sports hero. For New England Patriots wide receiver, Wes Welker, his journey to the NFL was different, yet similar to many of his co-workers. Welker was never drafted into the league but was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers in 2004. Welker made it out of camp but was cut from the team after the first game of the season; later being signed by Miami. Walker then joined the Patriots in a trade during the 2007 season where he made an immediate impact on and off the field.

Since joining the Patriots, Welker has been selected for the Pro Bowl three times and is a three-time All-Pro selection, while leading the NFL with receptions on two different occasions. He also started the Wes Welker Foundation in 2006, with the goal of aiding at-risk youth in Oklahoma City through sports and athletics by demonstrating proper leadership and respect. The Foundation stresses the importance of athletics within the education system and provides an outlet which keeps kids out of trouble and propels them into a productive and beneficial lifestyle.

With many educational facilities and schools cutting down their athletic programs and after-school extracurricular activities due to low funding, the Wes Welker Foundation provides grants to schools and organizations that are seeking funding for equipment, fields and uniforms, among many other essentials. To create a successful and positive atmosphere for many at-risk youth, the presence of positive role models is a key component; which the Wes Welker Foundation stresses at each camp and event they host.  This layout has created a future goal for the Foundation, which is a coach and leadership development program that teaches the importance of good and positive coaching while being a leader and role model. The program will allow the youth the chance of becoming future leaders in their community and a person who never stops giving.

The Foundation initially began by holding an annual football camp each year which was free for many of the children who attended. The camp taught the basics of football while stressing the importance of teamwork and leadership in a simple, yet effective way. Through Wes Welker’s hard work and dedication, the Foundation now takes on a larger role in the community and provides much more than football knowledge and understanding, but the understanding of our community and what it means to be a contributing citizen.

Since the Foundation’s inception in 2006, it has helped thousands of kids take part in extracurricular activities and has provided them with knowledge that can’t be taught in a classroom. In 2008, Welker was the recipient of the POP Warner Inspiration to Youth Award, and has twice been voted for as the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award which is given to the player who demonstrates being a role model of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage and it is voted on by the players.

Wes Welker has said that he was given a wonderful opportunity while growing up to be not only the best football player he could be, but the best person as well. Through his selflessness and care for others, he has given thousands of children that same opportunity through all walks of life.

To learn more about the Wes Welker Foundation, visit http://www.weswelkerfoundation.org/

3 Responses to Wes Welker leads with positivity

Avatar

real affiliate programs October 16th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I am just done reading through your post and I rather enjoyed it. I had a couple of doubts in the beginning of the post though, but I kept on reading and I’m pleased I did. Fine enjoyable submit, blogger! Continue posting and I will definitely be back again in the near future. Thanks and best regards.

Avatar

best running treadmill October 24th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Hi. Can the webmaster explain why he has only written this quite small article instead of a really long sophisticated post. It was interesting though and I hope you can elaborate more on it. Thanks

Avatar

Web design Philadelphia November 9th, 2011 at 7:03 am

One of the more impressive blogs Ive seen. Thanks so much for keeping the internet classy for a change. Youve got style, class, bravado. I mean it. Please keep it up because without the internet is definitely lacking in intelligence.

Comment Form

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Twitter Feed


The connection to twitter has returned an error. Please try again later.