Boldin, Harvin and Johnson Headline Make a Play Foundation’s Yards for Youth Campaign

Make a Play 275Three of the state of Florida’s most talented football alumni are playing for a little more than a shot at the Super Bowl this season. Through the Make a Play Foundation, Arizona Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin (Florida State), Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin (Florida) and Houston Texas WR Andre Johnson (Miami) are playing for a variety of youth programs around Florida, as well as their hometowns and current NFL cities through the “Yards for Youth” campaign.

Through the campaign, fans can pledge any amount ($0.10, $1, $100) per touchdown, reception or yard for the 2009 season, combining the fantasy football obsession with an old-fashioned jog-a-thon. Not only does each touchdown catch provide for their team this season, it will provide for youth programs and their adopted charities with the support of fans and corporate sponsors. Fans can also make a one-time donation or an automatic monthly contribution. 100% of fan donations will directly benefit youth and family programs, turning stats into resources and opportunities. Fans can also purchase shirts too for a $25 donation, with profits supporting the initiative.

Florida State’s Boldin will be participating to raise donations to build a new Boys & Girls Club near his hometown of Pahokee. Florida’s Harvin will be playing for youth programs of Gainesville and Minnesota. Miami’s Johnson will be playing for youth programs of Miami and Houston. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Make a Play Foundation’s academic and recreational youth programs in Florida.

Johnson and Boldin have well-established charities – the Andre Johnson Foundation and the Anquan Boldin Foundation – and are two players that are just as valuable to their hometown communities as they are to their teammates on Sundays.
Boldin’s high school has recently named their new stadium in his honor for his contributions to the school and community. He was also presented the Distinguished Service award on behalf of the Pahokee Chamber of Commerce and awarded a key to the city from mayor Wayne Whitaker.
Johnson was recently recognized as a finalist for The Home Depot NFL Neighborhood MVP award, having worked with numerous organizations in Miami and the Houston area during his professional career.
Harvin, the rookie, plans to establish his own charity within the year, and has volunteered his time with Gainesville’s Shands Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network and Ronald McDonald House (Make a Play Foundation).