Bringing opportunities to underserved children is at the heart of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities.
These opportunities give children the chance to develop a strong cultural identity, a solid foundation for success and a vehicle for transforming their communities—where they might not have been able.
We have supported the following organizations to reach these goals and we look forward to adding more to this list.
Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities new educational and experiential program for underserved children. The program will help students execute their goals to get on and stay on the path to success through leadership and character development, unique experiences, and opportunities. Inspired by the words of Emmitt’s recent Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement speech, the “Team 22” Program aims to help students “define a championship strategy” and provide them with the resources necessary to “claim their inner champion.”
CASA OF COLLIN COUNTY
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Collin County was incorporated in 1991 to provide trained community volunteers to advocate in the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in the court system. Today, CASA of Collin County serves as Guardian ad Litem for all children in foster care in the county. These volunteers served 750 children in 2007 with 46 percent under the age of 6 years. More than 20 percent of CASA’s caseload involves physical abuse victims.
LEADERKIDS FORT WORTH
In 1995, Leadership Fort Worth was invited by then Mayor Kay Granger to become involved with the Our City, Our Children initiative to make Fort Worth a “more child-friendly city”. In response to that challenge, Leadership Fort Worth designed LeaderKids Fort Worth as a program for middle school students.
NANCY LIEBERMAN FOUNDATION
Heading into her 27th year, Nancy Lieberman has produced basketball camps and free clinics for children across the United States. This program has enabled young people from around the country to not only focus and enhance their athletic ability, but to build their confidence, self-esteem, and decision-making skills. Nancy’s camps and clinics also give children the life building essentials that they will need in all aspects of their future. Through this process, we teach children the importance of education, responsibility, accountability, and teamwork.
MCKINNEY POLICE ASSOCIATION Children’s Charities
The McKinney Police Association was founded in November 2000. MPA serves the community by participating in local charity events, with monetary donations to local charitable organizations and the annual MPA Scholarship.
Deion Sanders is committed to developing the stars of tomorrow, which is why he pioneered The Truth Sports League. These young men and women will learn the value of sportsmanship, education, and mentoring; as Deion and his team strive to impact the lives of all who participate. The Truth program offers tutoring, leadership courses, nutrition programs, and other wholesome activities that are beneficial to the entire family.
This scholarship was created to provide support and resources for learning differences.
THE CHILDREN’S DEFENSE FUND of TEXAS BEAT THE ODDS DALLAS
CDF-Texas raises awareness about the condition of Texas children, connects children and families to programs and services that help meet their needs, and works with community partners statewide, to formulate policy solutions and broad-based support for legislative action on behalf of children. The CDF Beat the Odds program honors outstanding high schools students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities. The high-profile awards events send a clear signal that someone does care and understand what it takes to stay in school and do well while coping with adversity in their personal lives.
THE FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN SCHOLARSHIPS
Take Stock in Children is a solution to one of the most critical problems facing Florida–high dropout and high youth crime rates. Take Stock in Children has a proven record of helping low-income children stay out of trouble, graduate from high school, attend college, and become productive citizens. Take Stock in Children is a comprehensive program that helps low-income children succeed by providing college and vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors, student advocates/case managers, tutoring, early intervention and long-term support. High standards, parental involvement, and community support are crucial to the program’s success. To date, Emmitt Smith and PESC have provided 23 college scholarships to deserving children.
KIPP TRUTH ACADEMY
The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in under-resourced communities throughout the United States. KIPP TRUTH Academy equips students who have been traditionally underserved with the knowledge, skills and character traits necessary to succeed in top-quality high schools, colleges and the competitive world.
ST. PHILIPS SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY CENTER
The mission of St. Philip’s School and Community Center is to enhance the lives of children and families regardless of economic background. St. Philips is an outstanding independent elementary school serving over 240 African-American and Hispanic students with a focus on academic excellence and cultural awareness. The Community Center provides social and educational services to 1,200 South Dallas residents.
EAST DALLAS COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
This community of schools utilizes the Montessori method of teaching and has been an integral part of their communities. For the last 25 years, East Dallas Community Schools has served low-income neighborhoods by providing a healthy and exploratory learning environment for preK-3rd grade children.
Big Thought makes imagination a part of everyday learning. The big thought is that a community working together can uplift and shape the lives of children at every stage in their education and development, regardless of economic, geographic, or cultural barriers. Big Thought is working to create a new kind of education system, one that unites Dallas’ civic, educational, and cultural and arts resources to immerse children and families in opportunities to imagine, create and succeed.
EDUCATIONAL FIRST STEPS
Educational First Steps is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and availability of early childhood education for disadvantaged Dallas area children between the ages of birth to five. This association of professionals and volunteers is bound together by a commitment to provide for these children the possibility of a future they would otherwise be denied through early intervention.
The mission of Uplift Education is to create and sustain schools of excellence that empower students to reach their highest potential and inspire a lifelong love of learning, achievement, service, and responsible citizenship. Uplift schools provide a rigorous, multi-disciplinary curriculum, with an emphasis on college preparation.
The Shelton School, established in 1976, is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian co-ed school serving students who learn differently in grades pre-school through 12. Shelton’s primary emphasis is providing learning-different children (average or above intelligence) with full, effective curriculum through individualized, structured multisensory programs. Learning differences include dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), speech and language disorders.
Clay Academy, a K-9 private school in Dallas, founded by Bishop T.D. Jakes, strives to educate and develop the whole student in an effort to fulfill the aspirations, experiences and academic endeavors of each individual. During a visit to Clay Academy, Emmitt was so motivated by the drive and aspirations of the students that he agreed on the spot to send the 9th grade class to New York City! Thanks to Emmitt’s support, the students spent four days packed from morning to night with exciting cultural and academic enrichment activities. After visits to sites such as the New York Stock Exchange, Ground Zero, the American Museum of Natural History, and the United Nations, children attended The Lion King on Broadway.