If you want something, you have to work for it. Give it your best and if it doesn’t work out at least you tried.

The Andre Reed Foundation was established in 2010 by retired NFL great Andre Reed to help underprivileged children reach their full potential and become responsible contributors to their communities. When Andre was a child, his mom never read to him because they did not have any books. Rather than being bitter, Andre was instead inspired to start a reading program for Boys and Girls Clubs called, “Read With Reed.” Andre is using the game of football and professional athletes to make reading cool for kids in all 50 states. Thanks to Andre, kids are getting books and reading at least 30 minutes a day.

10 Things About Andre Reed & the Andre Reed Foundation

#1 I grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

#2 I had a pet dog named Suede, she was a golden lab.

#3 I never thought that I would have such a successful career and make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame when I came from such a tough life.

#4 My favorite travel destination has been Jerusalem, Israel. I got to go with Theresa, Robert Kraft and a bunch of other Hall of Famers.

#5 Do not underestimate your own abilities. If you are not doing the right things, it is hard to look yourself in the mirror every morning, but it is never too late to change your ways.

#6 I am actively attending church and pursuing my faith. I am in a zoom Bible study group with Pastor Miles McPherson and other athletes.

#7 At the top of my bucket list is to visit and inspire kids in a Boys and Girls Club in all 50 states. I have gone to 30 states so far.

#8 Through our “Read With Reed” program, I go around the country speaking to kids about the power of reading and how it increases their educational success. We have a reading challenge where kids can earn a chance to go to an NFL/NBA game.

#9 We remodel reading rooms in Boys and Girls Clubs and make them super cool, cozy, safe places where kids can catch the love of reading and tackle a good book. One of the kids in our reading program hated reading but wanted to go to his local NFL team game. He won the challenge and really enjoyed reading in our remodeled reading area.

#10 It is really cool to be a part of something that kids are using every day. In 10 or 20 years, I could go back to a Boys and Girls Club and see my reading rooms being used. But the reading rooms cost money so we are constantly raising funds and need help from the community to do so!

Andre Reed Foundation
3rd Annual Andre Reed Ugly Christmas Sweater Celebrity Golf Festival
12/6/20 Pre-game show: The Winery UTC 5 pm
12/7/20 Fairbanks Ranch Country Club 10 am

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