There is a never-ending list of athletes around the world who are not solely about living a luxurious lifestyle. Surprisingly, there are various athletes out there who are willing to share that inordinate wealth for a good cause that benefits the community. Some of the most notable names include: Dikembe Matumbo (basketball), Roberto Clemente (Baseball), Muhammad Ali (Boxing), Andre Agassi (Tennis), Michael Jordan (Basketball), NFL/NBA donating to breast cancer research, and etc. In the spirit of continuing this act of altruistic affairs, the San Francisco 49ers have decided to throw together a four-course dinner fundraising event for their fellow bay-area fans. Hosted by (WR) Anquan Boldin, the San Francisco team personnel will be serving their customers at Morton’s Steakhouse in San Jose on Nov. 11; with the proceeds going to Boldin’s very own Q81 (Anquan Boldin) foundation that serves and supports various Bay Area charity events.
“The Q81 foundation is dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children.”
As a Florida native, Boldin has always been generously giving back to his neighborhood community of Pahokee. Getting paid an average of $6 million a year from his wide-receiving duties, the 2nd round draft pick (2003) is given the chance to spread his good fortune to people who are extremely underprivileged and without opportunity. Growing up in Pahokee as a kid, Boldin had expressed that he didn’t know if he was poor because everybody else around him was as well; especially the children. This motivated the FSU product to donate a great deal of his hard fought earnings to children who are without resources to strive on. This good-willed gesture signifies that the Super Bowl champion receiver doesn’t want the children living in his neighborhood to be going through the same hardships he went through at that age. Boldin has also participated in non-profit activities offering athletic after-school activities and summer enrichment programs for every child/teenager to enjoy.
Playing as a supporting role to Oxfam America (International Relief and Development Organization), the 3-time Pro Bowl selection and buddy (WR) Larry Fitzgerald traveled to Ethiopia to see if they can help the community in any way possible. These 2 NFL superstars arrived in Africa and made their gratuitous mark, building fences for a beautiful community garden. Boldin took his philanthropy to the next level, utilizing his well-known name into influential meetings regarding Global Human Rights and International Operations. Last March, the Florida receiver took a visit to Sabodala located in the Eastern part of Senegal, to settle an ongoing land dispute. Innocent farmers in Sabodala were constantly being stripped of their land’s resources due to gold mining purposes; while only being offered a small compensation as reimbursement. After these big-name mining companies force the farmers off their property, they would clean off all their remaining resources from the ground, consequently leaving the farmers with absolutely nothing. Taking this crucial information with him to the United States, Boldin then assembled important meetings with powerful lawmakers to remedy this recurring conflict. With Boldin’s distinguished name, he was given permission to deliver his speech called, “Is there an African Resource Curse?” According to San Jose Mercury News, his formal discourse resulted in the “legislation to be rewritten to include the people from Senegal” on the basis of giving the farmers their own land and resources to work with. This gesture alone changed many lives in the Eastern part of Senegal, and it all came from one widely respected football player.
There are many athletes out there in the world who are known for more than just their athletic prowess on the field or court. Some individuals fail to realize that a handful of these athletes can relate to adversity and misfortune as well. In the end, we all strive to cooperate and help one another because we are all one people, one worldwide community.
Boldin reportedly said, “One of my goals is always to give back, and I have been blessed enough to give back.”