The Light Foundation strives to instill and augment the values of responsibility, accountability, and hard work by providing youth with unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in reaching their highest potential. Our goal is to lead young people down a path to becoming responsible member of their communities who are capable of passing on the torch of leadership and achievement to their friends and families.
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An NFL Pro Making a Profound Difference in Kids Lives
BY JENNIFER BIRN | APRIL 8, 2011
As the NFL faces the possibility of a lockout and delayed start to the season, players like The Patriots three-time Super Bowl winner Matt Light are dedicating the time to causes they care about. For Light, that’s The Light Foundation, a non-profit he began to help at-risk children grow into becoming the best adults they can be by employing tactics that he attributes to his own success.
Aiming to inspire the next generation of leaders and innovators, The Light Foundation’s mission is to, “Instill and augment the values of responsibility, accountability, and hard work by providing youth with unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in reaching their highest potential.”
Light says, “I believe in helping out any way you can. I feel like there’s a real purpose for every person in life and believe we’re all here for a reason,” adding, “I think we all need to help each other out, and honestly and accountability and working hard are things I personally embody.”
The Light Foundation accomplishes their goals by providing college scholarships to high school kids who have shown leadership skills but may not have the means to build upon their potential and since 2008, it has been focusing its funds and attention on The Vohokase Camp at Chenoweth Trails in Greenville, Ohio. Each summer Light hosts at-risk a group of children from varied social classes and backgrounds during a week at the camp where they do a community service project, go on a career day to big area businesses, engage in fireside chats about goals and expectations and participate in activities such as fishing and various athletics activities.
“The main goal of the camp is to break down prejudices and barrier,” says Light. “At the end of the day, these kids realize that even with different backgrounds, they have a lot I common, like family issues and peer pressure – but they find common ground and learn from one another. It’s always a great experience for all of us.”
Those that do today’s deed and make a donation to The Light Foundation here, will be entered to win a football or jersey personally autographed to you by Matt Light!. Our goal is to help raise $5000, so we need 200 football fans to make a donation of $25. That's not too much to pay to help create a great memory for a kid while getting yourself in the running for priceless memorabilia!