The basis of a previous NFL participant has as soon as once more stepped up to give back again to universities throughout Southwest Florida.
The Tommy Bohanon Basis, started by the previous NFL fullback and North Fort Myers Higher College graduate, along with his spouse, Katie, traveled to regional high schools on Tuesday to present grant dollars for athletic programs.
The Bohanons traveled to Oasis Superior School, Mariner Significant College, Island Coastline Substantial School, North Fort Myers Higher Faculty, Dunbar High Faculty and Riverdale High School, exactly where they offered checks totaling $40,000.
“The grant dollars goes toward different issues,” Bohanon explained. “It’s different athletics plans for each and every significant faculty. Some may well be for shoulder pads, some could be applied for renovations and distinctive issues like that. It was for whatsoever the college necessary.”
On the foundation’s web page, Southwest Florida schools can implement for grant bucks, outlining what their pressing desires are.
Oasis Large School Athletic Director Michael O’Brien said it was “terrific” that the Bohanon relatives has produced its foundation and is giving back to the group. He explained Oasis is in require of football helmets, and that the $2,500 check presented to the faculty would go towards that new tools.
“We’ll be capable to make the most of every cent of that money,” O’Brien mentioned. “We enjoy the basis and all they do for family members. What I see them do in the community — and now we’re a part of that — it makes it even a lot more distinctive to us.”
Owning up-to-date machines in several sporting activities, specially in call athletics these types of as football, is paramount for the protection of university student-athletes. Bohanon reported he remembers owning to use aged and outdated gear, and currently being in a position to offer what may not have if not been afforded to these college student-athletes is a excellent sensation.
“It’s incredible to be capable to give back again, and give back again in a massive way,” Bohanon said. “It’s anything that (my wife and I) constantly strived to do, and now we’re in the posture to actually make a difference here in Southwest Florida. That is definitely our aim is to make that variation for these little ones. It usually means a whole great deal to us and is definitely special.
“The safer a kid can really feel, the far better they can accomplish, and the fewer accidents they’ll undergo. We want to do all we can to hold these young children safe and sound and help them be effective on and off the field.
Because the foundation’s inception in 2017, in excess of $350,000 has been donated back again into the Southwest Florida group by scholarships, sporting activities machines grants, local community initiatives and donations for worthy will cause that positively influence the associates of the region.
Up subsequent for the basis is its once-a-year Softball Match Toy Travel on Nov. 27. For far more data on the foundation, impending events, and what they do, take a look at www.tommybohanonfoundation.org.
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