Mission: To provide the youth of today the education, skills and training to develop into young adults. These purposes may be accomplished through various avenues, one of which will be collaboration with schools and athletic organizations to provide education, skills, training and food to youths.
Programs: Smitty's scholars provides scholarship funds for high school seniors in the houston area, and lake highlands high school in dallas. In 2014 we provided scholarships for 21 students.
we have an annual free youth football camp to promote health and fitness and teach skill to help improve their technique if they want to pursue that career. We had 350 participants k through 6th grade in the 2014 camp that want to learn proper techniques for cheerleading.
the reading with the pros childhood literacy program involves visits to elementary schools once a month during the school year to speak to children about the importance of reading and literacy in an assembly for 3rd through 6th graders. We talk to them about getting library cards in order to increase their knowledge. We spent time reading books to the kindergarten through 2nd grade children. There were 7 events at houston elementary schools and 4 events at dallas elementary schools.
provided swim lessons at lake highlands ymca "make a splash' partnership
I have been a volunteer for the Wade Smith Foundation (Dallas area) for two years now. The main thing I have participated with was the Wade Smith Charity Weekend here in Dallas and while there is always a lot going on, every part of it was rewarding. The football camp on Saturday morning this year included a cheer camp. My niece and nephew got involved as participants and they had a BLAST. My sister (their mom) has come with them both years and they look forward to coming back. The end results: helping the foundation to grow in recognition as well as with funding for the various initiatives they have going on. I WISH I could volunteer MORE throughout the year, but my work schedule won't allow it.
Also, I want to add that Wade, his wife Rita, and his mother Sheila are all very personable individuals. Nothing like I expected of an NFL player and his family. My family has met them and grown to love them just as much as I do.
The Wade Smith Foundation is constantly hosting events around Houston for the benefit of children. Reading, Food Drives, and Education are a passion of mine. I am glad that we have the WSF that is actually making a difference in these areas.
The Wade Smith Foundation is truly a great, professional and hard-working organization that takes pride in helping the children and adults of Houston. As a medical professional, I work with many charity organizations and the WSF is by far one of my favorites.