About The Foundation
Recognized by his peers as one of the league’s fiercest hitters, Leach is anything but hard and bone-jarring off the field. He has one of the warmest hearts in the NFL. As one of the NFL’s best Pro Bowl Fullbacks, Vonta possesses an enviable combination of speed and strength that have earned him accolades both on and off the field. In 2009, The Vonta Leach Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, was founded as a way to give back to the community and to showcase the positive lifestyles and contribution of professional athletes. The foundation is committed to creating innovative programs that provide access to educational, recreational and healthy living initiatives designed to positively aid in the development of youth.
The Vonta Leach Foundation is committed to creating innovative programs that provide access to educational, recreational and healthy living initiatives designed to positively aid in the development of youth. Through his foundation, he provides scholarships, hosts youth football camps and sponsors little league teams. He also created a mentor program, Camp Playground, for youth that exposes them to new experiences and opportunities. Vonta is extremely active in making sure his high school football team has the necessary equipment for its athletes. He even sponsored a major weight room renovation for the school to ensure the athletes would be able to train properly.
Vonta serves as a motivational speaker for youth and shares the necessary tools needed to change their mentality to overcome their circumstances. His message focuses on personal responsibility and self-transformation. Vonta has spoken at countless venues and organizations around Texas, Maryland and North Carolina.
Leach was one of 26 players named to the 2010 USA Football/NFL Players Association All-Fundamentals Team. Players are chosen based on “an ability to consistently execute the fundamentals of their positions and for making a positive impact in their communities.” He was also a recipient of the President Volunteer Service Award, from former President George W. Bush.
Leach wants to convey to all youth that no matter what your circumstances are, if you work hard, you can achieve your goals. He seeks to encourage today’s youth to reach their full potential in both athletic and academic pursuits.
Youngsters from communities in Baltimore, Maryland and Rowland, North Carolina are the beneficiaries of the foundation’s programs.
The VLF mission is to create innovative programs that provide access to educational, recreational and healthy living initiatives designed to positively aid in the development of youth.
• To develop resources that empower communities and improve the quality of life through philanthropic and educational support
• To create and foster programs that introduce healthy living into the family unit
• To invest in the lives of families by empowering youth to develop self discipline, positive self-esteem and personal achievement
• To leverage the foundation’s resources to effectively cultivate and coordinate a measurable network of social services for youth
• To commit to supporting programs that create sustainability and impact youth
Vonta Leach Named a Finalist for the 2014 Byron Whizzer White Award
The NFL Players Association awarded $10,000 to the Vonta Leach Foundation for being a finalist for the prestigious Byron “Whizzer” White Award, the highest honor given to a player by the NFLPA. The award honors the player who serves his team, community and country in the spirit of Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White. The late Supreme Court Justice was a scholar, athlete, patriot, humanitarian and public servant – the personification of the ideal to which professional football players aspire.
All 32 teams voted for nominees during the regular season and the NFLPA reviewed 54 applications, with each applicant awarded $5,000 for his foundation or charity of his choice. The judges, Domonique Foxworth, Kevin Mawae, Charlie Batch, Mike Kenn and Trace Armstrong, narrowed the applicants down to five finalists. The other finalists were: Anquan Boldin (49ers), Davin Joseph (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Stephen Tulloch (Detroit Lions), Matthew Slater (New England Patriots).