NFLPA PULSE Awards & Byron "Whizzer" White Award
The NFL Players Association annually recognizes players who go above and beyond to perform community service in their team cities and hometowns. During annual NFLPA locker room meetings, players selected teammates to be recognized with NFLPA PULSE Awards for their outstanding work in the community. These winners were invited to submit applications for the Byron “Whizzer” White Award in order to receive monetary donations for their foundations or a charity of their choice.
All finalists will receive additional charity donations, and one will be named the 2013 Byron “Whizzer” White Award winner. The award is the highest honor the NFLPA can bestow on a player and was established by the professional football players of America to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to one of their own, Supreme Court Justice Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White—scholar, athlete, patriot, humanitarian and public servant.
Native Vision’s Annual Sports and Life Skills Camp rotates each June to a different American Indian reservation. The camp invites Native youth from across the country to join professional athletes who conduct sports clinics interspersed with break-out sessions promoting self-esteem, discipline, teamwork and the pursuit of education. Campers have the choice to take part in either football, soccer, volleyball, track, basketball or lacrosse clinics during the event.
As the hallmark of the Native Vision Program, the Annual Sports and Life Skills Camp is funded almost entirely by a fundraising event that the NFLPA hosts each year, the “Evening with the Stars” Gala. Since its inception, the NFLPA and Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health have raised over $3 million dollars through grant and gala fundraising efforts. Click here to learn more about Native Vision.
Training Camp for Life
Training Camp for Life (TCFL) is a character and life skills development program designed to address the unique issues that the student-athletes face as they transition from high school to college. Active and former players as well as experts in their field will speak to the students in an energetic, interactive environment. The NFLPA has teamed up with a variety of partners over the years to bring the 90-minute program to schools in at-risk areas across the country.
One Team | One Community Fitness Clinics
Throughout the year, youth football and fitness clinics benefitting hundreds of kids are conducted in conjunction with events such as the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, the NFLPA Former Players Golf Challenge and Super Bowl. Each clinic is structured to encourage healthy lifestyles by introducing good habits pertaining to physical fitness and nutrition. The clinics stimulate community spirit by involving volunteers, educational professionals and parents working along side active and former players in leading structured activities to promote self-esteem, build confidence, develop a sense of teamwork and most importantly, HAVE FUN.