The Albert Wilson Foundation
The Albert Wilson Foundation is committed to creating opportunities that will enhance the lives of youth in foster care. The Albert Wilson Foundation wants to change the destiny of foster children and break the cycle of abuse, neglect and abandonment. It strives to support youth during their transition in and out of foster care. Its goal is to provide scholarships to those wishing to continue their education outside the state of Florida, in addition to rewarding youth who continue to excel in the classroom and extracurricular, despite all obstacles and circumstances.
The Albert Wilson Foundation was founded on the principles of giving back to the youth in the community. As a foundation we set out to instill the following:
Feasibility – The major focus of The Albert Wilson Foundation is to inspire our youth to believe that there is a broad spectrum of possibilities in their futures.
Responsibility -The Albert Wilson Foundation will influence our youth to set goals and successfully commit and more importantly achieve them.
Interpersonal skills – The Albert Wilson Foundation wants to develop the skills needed to effectively communicate and interact which will ultimately lead to better relationships.
Support – The Albert Wilson Foundation is committed to providing a strong positive support system in order to guide our youth toward an optimistic future.
He is a wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins is a native of Fort Pierce, Florida. His passion and motivation to give back to youth in foster care stems from his personal experiences in the foster care system growing up. Albert spent majority of his childhood years in and out of group homes and foster homes before finally finding stability in the 10th grade. Prior to his sophomore year of high school, he spent time at the Hibiscus Center in Vero Beach, Florida and a Boys Town in Oviedo, Florida. After spending time at these locations Albert found a home with Brian and Rose Bailey in Port St. Lucie, Florida before moving in with family members in the same district so he could continue attending Port St. Lucie High School.
“While growing up, I spent significant time in the Florida Foster Care system. I was blessed to continue my education due to my athletic abilities, but witnessing my younger sisters and others I knew age out of the system motivated me to get involved and be a voice for children in foster care.”
Albert through his foundation wants to use his platform to reach youth who are in the same situation he was once in. Since entering the NFL Albert has served as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City, and travels to speak to youth in the Treasure Coast during the offseason.
In 2017 Albert and former Chiefs teammate wide receiver Chris Conley partnered to benefit the Bishop Sullivan Center “Catch A Break” program. Both Albert and Chris donated $100 for every catch during that season. The funds from the Catch A Break program provided local teenage boys in foster care vouchers to purchase school clothes and shoes. Albert also wrote a letter in the TCPalm newspaper in support of Sanctuary4Kids. The Sanctuary4Kids project will provide a safe place for the kids who are newly removed from their homes.
In 2016 The Albert Wilson Foundation hosted its first Albert Wilson Charity Weekend which included charity bowling, a free youth football camp, and concluded with a softball faceoff between NFL players and members of the Communities Connected for Kids organization. More than 150 kids have attended the free Albert Wilson Youth Skills Camp every year. Through various community initiatives and programs Albert and The Albert Wilson Foundation are committed to enhancing the lives of children in foster care and underserved communities.
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