June 7, 2011 Leave a comment
Growing up as a child Matt Overton looked up to professional athletes and always had a dream and vision to help his local hometown community with a charity organization. I had always envisioned starting my own charity/foundation one day. I always admired those who ran their own events which catered to great causes. Growing up I always looked up to the pro athletes, so as a member of the Seattle Seahawks last year I thought it was a perfect opportunity for myself to start! The NFL really provides a great foundation for a player to grow an entity outside of football and give back to their communities.
Last year in 2010 the charity youth event Pros 2 Youth was founded by Matt Overton, current Long Snapper for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. The inaugural event was held in Matt’s hometown of Tracy, CA at the local high school. In the event Matt partnered with NFL and UFL athletes to come out and take part with the kids. All the youth are invited free to the event where the athletes interact with the kids and their families while holding a pass, punt, and kick competition. The event holds an auction and has food vendors as well. All the proceeds for the first event were donated to the 4 youth football teams that exist in Tracy, CA.
This year Pros 2 Youth has a spectacular event being held in Tracy, CA on June 25th, 2011 at the Tracy High School. Pros 2 Youth has partnered up with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL. This is a major partnership not only to help the children but to also spread the word about the UFL in the community. With the NFL lockout going on it’s a benefit for the event because over 30 NFL and 30 UFL players are expected to be at the event. This year the organization has a goal to have 600 children and their families attend the event.
Its with athletes like Matt Overton who care about the local communities that not only show the kids positive role models in the pro leagues but also raises money for them to be able to play youth sports in their communities. Without positive role models in athletics and the funding for youth sports coaches to instill the positive character traits at a young age our next generation could be in trouble.
Please support Pros 2 Youth charity event. If you are in the area on June 25th stop by the Tracy High School in Tracy, CA. Buy an auction item, shake an athletes hand, support the local youth leagues in the area. I can’t stress the importance of the job these athletes are doing in giving back to the children in the community.