Alex Smith keeping up with his California charity


Many professional athletes have a hard time making their charitable endeavors worthwhile when they’re nearby.

But even though he’s halfway across the country now, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is making sure his California foundation which helps foster children attend college stays strong.

According to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star, Smith is focused on keeping his philanthropy as efficient as his play on the field, with 91 percent of the money he’s raising going to the students he’s helping and not administrative costs.

“I’ve been to so many deals with so many of my peers,” Smith said. “I hate to say it, but you go and it’s some tournament or big party or dinner, and you don’t even know what you’re raising money for. It’s like, ‘Oh, it’s for the kids.’ Thanks. But what are you doing?”

Smith, who grew up in a two-parent, middle-class household, was first introduced to the cause by his mother, who helps run the foundation now. They chose a specific target to try to have a deeper impact, and have helped 23 foster children graduate from college. Now, they’re hoping to expand their program into other areas.

“Instead of being so general, taking on so much, like ‘poverty and youth,’ it was sort of like, ‘OK, let’s narrow the focus,’” Smith said. “Let’s make it foster youth, and foster youth aging out of the system, and we’re going to be in San Diego or the Bay Area. Maybe if we can narrow the focus, we can change these kids’ trajectories and make a real difference.”

Smith’s commitment to the cause is impressive, especially after he was traded away from his home base, and has every reason to focus his attention elsewhere for the moment.

7 responses to “Alex Smith keeping up with his California charity

  1. why hate the chiefs who have been ultimately irrelevant for 20 years?

    and I respect the man. emphasis on man as he is one of the few among starting qb’s who haven’t won a super bowl

  2. This dude is a class act. He’s not an elite talent but he can get the job done. I like his attitude, his command, and the fact that he can shake about anything off and not let it bother him. For his sake I hope he has a great year even though I’m not a cheifs fan.

  3. bucrightoff says:Aug 28, 2013 2:48 PM

    Meanwhile Colin Kaepernick started a charity to ensure troubled youth have access to tattoo parlours.

    Kaepernick donated his first NFL paycheck to an organization doing research on heart defects, and is an active leader and financial contributor at Camp Taylor, a summer camp for children with heart defects. He also hosts several fundraisers for the issue such as a golf tournament and others. His adopted family lost two children to heart defects and he’s really taken to the issue.

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