San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
Wednesday's Niners Daily is about helping Anquan Boldin continue to be a leader in our community, both in America and abroad.
The 49ers wide receiver is no stranger to making a difference. The "Anquan Boldin Foundation" was established with the following mission: "Dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children."
Boldin's mission has turned into a Q81 Scholarship fund, an Annual Q81 Summer Enrichment Program, continued work with Oxfam America, an Annual Q-Festival weekend and other seasonal services. Those seasonal services range from Thanksgiving dinners to holiday shopping sprees.
Through his work with Oxfam, Boldin has made multiple trips to Ethiopia and Senegal and later used his testimony at the White House to lobby Senegalese rights. He began by assisting in their efforts to minimize the devastation cause by the drought and hunger crisis in Ethiopia. Initially, he provided more than $10,000 in funding to assist the farming and livestock needs of the villagers while dedicating countless hours towards visits to the Ethiopia communities as well as participating in public service announcements. During a second trip to Africa, Boldin addressed political concerns in Senegal involving creating more transparency in the gold mining industry, later testifying as an Oxfam Ambassador before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights on the issue.
Now, the 49ers wide receiver has the opportunity to win $500,000 for his foundation through Microsoft's "Upgrade Your World" campaign. Nine non-profits: Care, Code.org, Keep a Child Alive, Malala Fund, Pencils of Promise, Save the Children, Special Olympics, The Global Poverty Project and the Nature Conservancy have already been selected and Microsoft is looking for one more non-profit to complete its $10 million initiative to upgrade our world.
We want to see that money go to Boldin, and here's how you can help. To vote, simply tweet or Instagram, "I #vote for @AnquanBoldin Foundation to #UpgradeYourWorld".
There is no limit to how much you can vote so go crazy. Thank you in advance for you support of Boldin and a bigger thanks to the receiver himself for being the gold standard in community service.
For more details on the Anquan Boldin Foundation, check out www.Q81.org.