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The second annual Great Friend to Kids Awards will be at 8 a.m. Monday, April 22, at Shell Island Resort on Wrightsville Beach. The leading award for inspiration will be received in person by Vonta Leach, fullback for the 2013 Superbowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.
Four other awards will be given to individuals who have made an impact on children in southeastern North Carolina. Winners for curiosity, innate love of learning, imagination, and an unsung hero will also be announced at the breakfast to the unsuspecting heroes who have made a difference in the lives of children in the area.
If you would like to join Leach for breakfast and hear him speak on behalf of our children, contact the Children’s Museum of Wilmington at 910.254.3534 or buy directly online at http://www.playwilmington.org Tickets are $35 per person or $250 for a table of eight, which includes a signed football from Leach. All proceeds benefit early childhood education programs through the Children’s Museum.
Originally from Rowland, Leach always has time for his hometown and beyond. In 2007, he founded the Vonta Leach Foundation to create innovative programs that provide access to educational, recreational and healthy living initiatives designed to positively aid in the development of youth. Leach is committed to creating opportunities and supporting programs that aid and empower youth with resources to set goals and to achieve them. He believes that shaping and motivating young leaders today will help us maintain a positive and prosperous community.
Leach dedicates his off -the-field efforts to cultivating and motivating youth that aspire to broaden their experiences and knowledge. Leach was one of 26 players named to the 2010 USA Football/NFL Players Association All-Fundamentals Team. He was also a recipient of the President Volunteer Service Award from former President George W. Bush. Leach serves as a motivational speaker for youth and shares the necessary tools needed to change their mentality to overcome their circumstances. His message focuses on personal responsibility and self-transformation.
As an established leader in the community, Vonta has committed his life to serve as the catalyst to motivate and empower youth to become productive and responsible citizens by realizing their potential and worth.