Albert Wilson Foundation Celebrates Successful Foster Care Awareness Month,
Recaps Inaugural Life Skills & Leadership Day
During its annual Foster Care Awareness Month Fundraiser and Raffle, the Foundation raised money to directly benefit its programming and address specific needs of the foster community
The day-long Life Skills & Leadership event included a special Shark Tank-like contest, career and leadership panels, and discussions from community leaders, local businesses and Miami Dolphins players
MIAMI, FL – (June 01, 2021) – In recognition of Foster Care Awareness Month, the Albert Wilson Foundation (AWF), founded by Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson to enrich the lives of children in foster care, hosted a Life Skills & Leadership Day on Saturday, May 22, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of St Lucie County. The invite-only event took place from 11 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Saturday, May 22, Boys & Girls Club, West Side Campus, and focused on entrepreneurship, workplace readiness and community resources for workforce support. AWF’s Life Skills & Leadership Day consisted of two panels, a special Shark Tank-like entrepreneurship contest and breakout sessions related to financial literacy, community resources and work programs.
“Albert Wilson Foundation believes that ‘Every Child Deserves a Chance,’ and so we created an event to empower and provide the youth and families in our community with the necessary tools and skills they need to compete and succeed,” stated Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson. “It’s our hope that providing these resources will serve as a foundation towards strengthening our families, encouraging our youth, and developing greater leaders of today and tomorrow.”
During the event, youth and their parents heard from a women’s career panel and a men’s leadership panel – comprised of current NFL players Albert Wilson and Mack Hollins, as well as industry professionals, on the importance of service, leadership, and their journey to success on and off the field. In addition, select youth worked with entrepreneurs from leAD Sports & Health Tech Partners to gain experience in the startup space, and presented business pitches to a virtual panel in a Shark Tank format.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Albert Wilson Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club to provide hands-on experience from an entrepreneur and startup company perspective. We strongly believe access to knowledge and experiences can be transformational in the lives of our next generation,” stated Dr. Tommy Shavers, CEO & Founder of NESTRE Performance, a member of the leAD Lake Nona Sports & Health Tech Accelerator.
Following the announcement of the winners, all Shark Tank participants received a special surprise for their time and commitment towards business development and entrepreneurship, and will be rewarded with a VIP experience to an upcoming Miami Dolphins home game and will also take a special tour of the leAD Lake Nona Sports & Tech complex, which will include a virtual fireside chat with Horst Bente, grandson of Adi Dassler, founder of Adidas.
“It’s so important to cultivate leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset from an early age. I’m very thankful for this collaboration and the opportunity to share my grandfather Adi Dassler’s story with the kids. My hope is that him starting from nothing to becoming one of the greatest sports entrepreneurs in history, will inspire them to think big and pursue their dreams,” said Horst Bente, leAD co-founder.
Participants, speakers and panelists included individuals from the Miami Dolphins, Florida Memorial University, Coldwell Banker, leAD Sports & Health Tech Partners, NESTRE Performance, Urban League of Palm Beach and 211 Palm Beach and Treasure Coast.
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About The Albert Wilson Foundation
The Albert Wilson Foundation is a charity founded by Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson to enrich the lives of children in foster care (he, too, came up through the foster care system). It strives to change the destiny of foster children and break the cycle of abuse, neglect and abandonment. With an average of 40-60% of foster youth identifying as Black or Hispanic, the Foundation also serves as a voice and an agent of change dedicated to raising awareness for social justice and racial inequalities. The Foundation not only works to support youth during their transition in and out of foster care, but also provides a platform for transitioning youth to learn about legal rights, laws and social issues impacting people of color. Its goal is to provide scholarships to those wishing to continue their education outside the state of Florida, in addition to rewarding youth who continue to excel in the classroom and extracurriculars, despite all obstacles and circumstances. For more information visit https://www.albertwilsonfoundation.org.
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