GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald stands at 6’3″ and has a wingspan which reels in almost any football thrown his way. Fitzgerald is an all-pro wide receiver who is widely respected by his peers on and off the football field. Off the field, Fitzgerald’s wingspan touches to those who are in need.
Fitzgerald’s First Down Fund (FDF) is a prolific offense that has raised and donated thousands of dollars for those who are less fortunate. In 2011, FDF donated $10,000 for Wildfire Relief to the Southern Arizona American Red Cross. According to the Red Cross, the donation helped to keep 10 families from facing homelessness. Fitzgerald also donated $10,000 to help families affected by the tornado that took place on May 22, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minn.
FDF also supports summer youth programming and has donated $10,000 to organizations such as Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club in North Minneapolis, Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, and Horizons Youth Program at Sabathani Community Center.
This season, the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund will be donating $1,000 per week to a charity selected by a fan. Since 2005, the FDF has been supporting kids and their families to improve their life in any number of ways. What makes the fund unique is money is distributed across the country to different organizations.
FDF has made significant contributions to organizations that seek to find a cure for cancer. During Breast Cancer Awareness month in Oct., Fitzgerald donated $1,000 to programs that fight breast cancer. For every touchdown catch that he makes, Fitzgerald donates $5,000 to such organizations.
Some of Fitzgerald’s biggest contributions have been $200,000 raised at the Celebrity Waiter Night at Morton’s Steakhouse in Scottsdale, Ariz., to help victims of AIDS, breast cancer and other diseases, $47,000 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in partnership with Coldstone Creamery, and $33,000 to numerous organizations in the fight to cure breast cancer.
Additionally, when Fitzgerald reached incentives in his contract in 2010, totaling $33,000, he put they money back into the community. Fitzgerald gave $10,000 to the African-American Breast Cancer Alliance in Minneapolis, which Fitzgerald’s mother, Carol Fitzgerald, help found. $10,000 was donated to Pink 365, which is sponsored by Sisters of Arizona, who provided free mammograms to women in the Phoenix area, and $13,000 went to the The American Cancer Association and the National Breast Cancer Foundation to aide their national promotions of breast cancer health awareness, treatments and their drive to find a cure.
Fitzgerald is a fan favorite with the Arizona Cardinals, a fantasy football manager’s dream, and a key member in communities across America.
For Fitzgerald’s efforts, The Good In Sports applauds him and his work and grants him a well-deserved Gold Star!
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