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"Giving back. It is a simple concept, but one not grasped often enough. One person who fully understands what it means to give back, however is Jason Taylor, ESPN Analyst, legendary Miami Dolphins Defensive End and 2007 NFL Man of the Year. From his humble beginnings as a Pittsburgh youth serving as a missionary, to his endless hours of community involvement as an NFL superstar, Jason Taylor has always given something of himself to those less fortunate.
In July 2004, Jason’s philanthropy inspired him and his wife, Katina, to establish the Jason Taylor Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization. The Foundation’s mission is to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life.
Since opening its doors, the Jason Taylor Foundation has contributed nearly $3,000,000 in programs and services to more than 40 different organizations dedicated to helping children. The Holtz Children’s Hospital officially renamed its recreational and educational facility "The Jason Taylor Children’s Learning Center," 43 middle school students have been awarded college scholarships as a result of the Foundation’s work with Take Stock in Children, more than 1,000 youth athletes have received "scholarships" to participate in the Jason Taylor Football Camp, experiencing hours of expert instruction on the fundamentals of football and each August, Katina Taylor hosts "Camp Katina – Cartwheels to Character," a three-day gymnastics, cheerleading and life skills program for 50 underserved girls.
The Jason Taylor Foundation prides itself on innovative, impactful programming. Each September, 60 deserving children are each given a $300 back-to-school shopping opportunity at Old Navy as part of the "Cool Gear for the School Year" program. To date, more than $150,000 in new clothes has been awarded. Currently nearly 100 middle school and high school students participate in the Jason Taylor Reading Room, a multi-faceted, after-school program designed to address the problem of illiteracy among inner-city youth. The Reading Room also features a Spoken Word Poetry component that has expanded into a full-blown network featuring more than 20 public Broward County High Schools.
With Jason and Katina’s undying commitment and the continued support of community members and civic leaders alike, the Jason Taylor Foundation will work tirelessly to achieve its goal of building a better future for the youth of South Florida." - www.jasontaylorfoundation.com

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