Mar. 13. 2009 - The Un-Bowe-lievable Foundation Fund
The Un-Bowe-lievable Foundation, established in 2009, is a fund dedicated to addressing and meeting the needs of under-acknowledged grandparents who are raising their grandchildren as well improving the confidence level of the children in America. Dwayne's goal is to emphasize the importance of education and hard work by touching the lives of both young and old and showing them first hand that with a lot of hard work and determination all of your dreams will come true. Dwayne wants to not only be remembered by his accomplishments on the football field but also his accomplishments throughout the community.
The Un-Bowe-lievable Foundation Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is an organization described by I.R.C. Section 501(c)(3) as a non-profit organization that is exempt from federal income tax and to which contributions are tax deductible.
Nov. 18. 2008 - Project Walk and my friend Frankie
While the team and I were in San Diego preparing to play the Chargers I took some time out of the weekend to visit a Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Center called, Project Walk with my friend, Frankie. Frankie is 21 and was paralyzed in a dirt bike accident on October 28th, 2007 and has recently moved to San Diego to rehab at Project Walk on a regular basis. Frankie hasn't stopped believing and is pushing himself each and everyday to regain feeling and walk again. He has become a hero of mine and I am going to be there by his side each step of the way believing with him and pushing him.
What I have learned through Frankie and through the other patients I met that day at Project Walk is that you can never give up. You have to believe in yourself and you have to live each day to the fullest no matter the circumstances.
Project Walk exists to provide an improved quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries through intense exercise-based recovery programs, education, support and encouragement. For more information, please log onto www.projectwalk.org
Nov. 12. 2008 - Take a Player to School with The Show
Kansas City Chiefs second-year pro WR Dwayne Bowe and the National Football League know how important the health of today’s youth is. This is why the NFL, in conjunction with players throughout the league, plan special player visits as an incentive to get students more active and eating healthier. Thanks to this year’s “Take a Player to School” visit, some special kids in Gardner, Kansas heard the message loud and clear from a gridiron giant.
The day began with quite a surprise for a local youth. Bowe picked-up 5th grade student Tommy Wilkinson in a limo from his house and took him to Pioneer Ridge Middle. After a quick stop by the principal’s office, Bowe met with Tommy’s classmates and spoke to the students about the importance of staying active, fit and eating health. At the end of the visit, Bowe lead Tommy and his schoolmates in a fitness activity, as part of NFL’s Play 60 campaign, helping youth get 60 minutes of exercise a day.
“You can’t just go home and sit in front of your television,” Bowe implored to the Pioneer Ridge students. “After you finish your homework get up, go outside and play. It doesn’t matter if you’re are walking, running or skipping. The key is to make sure you’re in motion”
The NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes will select one winner in each of the 32 NFL markets and two non-NFL markets. Winners will take players to school during the 2008 regular season. This year, students will have the opportunity to work with a player to plan an NFL Ultimate P.E. Class. Additionally, the NFL and JCPenney will donate funds to support schools in each of these communities, giving children the chance to benefit from programs that encourage the development of healthy lifestyles, improved social skills and enhanced academic performance. Each school will also receive and equipment donation from Wilson, the official football of the NFL.
For more information on NFL PLAY 60 visit www.NFLrush.com/health
Oct. 29. 2008 - 1st Ever "Day with Dwayne" Event
Dwayne hosted 22 of his Bowe's Bunch children to share in the first ever, "Day with Dwayne" event. The children are apart of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program that Dwayne works closely with and were chosen through an incentive program which encourages the children to improve their grades, their behavior and their duties at home.
The "Day with Dwayne" began with a ride on a party bus ride fully equipped with music and party lights. Dwayne along with teammates, Branden Albert and Maurice Leggett got to interact with the participants on their ride to the Lucky Strikes bowling alley. Once at Lucky Strikes; Dwayne, Maurice and Branden chose their teams and they bowled the night away. Participants of "Day with Dwayne" also received pizza, an autograph session and a goodie bag.
Oct. 22. 2008 - Dwayne invites kids to NFL game
This past Sunday, Dwayne invited 10 children from the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program to the Kansas City Chiefs football game vs. the Tennessee Titans. This was the first time that Dwayne had any members from his charity attend a football game, so this was a very special moment in his off the field career. The Chiefs might not have won the game, but the kids sure won Dwayne's heart. Dwayne calls the children from this charity his "Bowe's Bunch" and had t-shirts created for each of the children in attendance. The kids were on the sideline during pre-game, cheering "The Show" on. After the game, Dwayne met with them and signed autographs. He also spoke to them about respecting their elders and to never give up because better days will come.
The day was very successful for everyone involved: the children met a great role model, the grandparents witnessed a happy moment in their grandchild's life and Dwayne was able to give back and become more than a role model, he became a mentor and a life long friend.
Aug. 21. 2008 - Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics
The Family Friends Grandparents and Relative Caregivers program was established in 1993. It was created to empower grandparents and relatives to help themselves improve the quality of their lives and those of the children they care for. We provide group support, guidance and education by trained grandparents, one-on-one support by trained grandparents and professionals by telephone or in their home, links to community resources, access to programs for children and youth for support and guidance as they cope with life changes, opportunities to learn more about legal rights, parenting a new generation of youth, substance abuse, caring for emotional, physical and spiritual needs. Our newest contribution is, providing clothing for grandparents and grandchildren through our clothes closet.
Bowe says, "Being that I was raised by my grandmother my entire life, I feel blessed to have found the Family Friends Grandparents & Relative Caregiver Program of Children's Mercy Hospital. I am proud to be a part of this program and I can't wait to see what the future holds." … LEARN MORE
Aug. 12. 2008 - Operation Breakthrough
Operation Breakthrough is a not-for-profit corporation that began in 1971 as a response to requests from parents and citizens in the central city looking for quality child care for children of the working poor. Dwayne "adopted" a little girl named Onesti. In December of 2007 he took her Christmas shopping. During their shopping adventures, they rode on the merry go round, got their pictures taken and made their very own teddy bear. Dwayne went to visit her on July 22nd before he left for camp. Check out the photos in the gallery.