The Wes Welker Foundation has been giving back to the receiver’s hometown since his first season in the NFL. The foundation aims to influence at-risk youth by encouraging their full potential through athletics and positive role models. To that end, it has sponsored football camps for kids who are eligible for free and reduced lunch, given grants to several Oklahoma City schools for new sports equipment and sponsored a youth football league.
The foundation’s annual charity weekend in Oklahoma City starts Friday night with Wes Welker’s Cleats and Cocktails. It will be followed Saturday afternoon by the Welker Football Camp.
→Your foundation has been involved with so many meaningful projects. What has that meant to you?
"It’s meant a lot, especially being my hometown in Oklahoma City, being able to give back to the community that I grew up in and go back to and love and support.”
→You’ve been doing your charity weekend for a few years. How has it changed over time?
"It’s starting to become a little more seasoned. We’re able to get a lot more guys here. It’s been a lot of fun.”
→How do you decide what you want the foundation to do, what projects you want it to focus on?
"It always changes every year.