Erik Williams is the founder and president of The Erik Williams Foundation. Erik Williams is a former member of the Dallas Cowboys and a 3-time Superbowl champion. Mr. Williams is personally aware of the importance of youth sports as a means of furthering one’s education and career goals. For Mr. Williams, football was the vehicle that enabled him to attend college and to go on to build a successful career, first as a professional football player and more recently as a businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
The Erik Williams Foundation believes that youth sports have a value beyond simply being fun or entertaining for kids. Youth sports also provide an opportunity for children to learn sportsmanship, discipline, team work and the importance of hard work and perseverance to achieve a goal.
The Foundation will initially conduct activities in the Dallas, Texas metropolitan area. The Foundation will solicit scholarship recipients through recommendations provided by area high school and junior high school coaching staff and educators. As the Foundation is most familiar with football, the Foundation started its scholarship program by providing scholarships to area students who wish to attend football summer camp. The criterion for a scholarship includes economic need, combined academic grade point average of a c+ or greater, and a recommendation from an area coach or teacher.
In year one the Foundation provided approximately $14,000 in scholarships to approximately 30 different children. In subsequent years, as revenue generation increases, the Foundation will also increase the number of scholarships awarded. The goal is to allocate more than 60% of annual Foundation revenue for scholarships. Future plans include an expansion of the scholarship program to include scholarships to area children who wish to attend other sports camps such as soccer, baseball and basketball.
Scholarship funds will be awarded directly to the particular camp on behalf of the specific scholarship recipient. The Camp will provide confirmation of the scholarship recipient’s attendance at the camp as well as any reports or additional information determined appropriate by the Foundation.
The Erik Williams Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit operating under the World Champion Sports Group (WCSG).
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