By Alexandra Hodgins @allyhodgins85
Golden Tate attended the University of Notre Dame for three years. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2010. He signed a 4-year deal and played for the Hawks until 2013 and was a part of the Super Bowl XLVIII championship team. He followed the championship season with the Hawks by signing with the Detroit Lions as a free agent in 2014.
In 2014, Golden and his fiancé Elise Pollard decided to create a foundation for American heroes in the United States and give back to those in need. They created the Golden Future Foundation. They believe that heroes are often overlooked and they not only deserve respect but help getting back into society after serving.
In 2015, Tate was involved in the event, “Shop with a Jock Holiday Event.” The event was held at Christmas time to help children who had lost a parent overseas or had a parent serving during the Christmas holidays. Tate brought along some teammates with him to help the children shop for toys, games and food. Tate’s foundation and Military Families United were able to give every child $100 each to shop with a few Detroit Lions players.
Early this year, Tate went overseas to visit troops in Germany and Kuwait. #GiveBack
During the 2016 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Golden and Elise were able to help out a veteran who wanted to propose to his long-time girlfriend. They partnered up with a company called Ritani which is a diamond company that they have previously partnered up with to help veterans with proposing to their significant other. The veteran’s girlfriend thought her boyfriend was going to be honoured during the game as it’s the NFL Salute to Service month. The proposal was not only a success but a beautiful moment that fans at Ford Field got to witness.
This past month, the Golden Future Foundation put on an annual coat drive. They partnered up with Fraser High School to gather new and gently used coats for the community. The High School was able to gather up more than 1,000 coats. Tate visited the classroom that gathered up the most coats at Fraser High School.
Early this week, on November 28th, the Golden Future Foundation hosted the 2nd annual Stars and Strikes event. People who purchased a ticket were able to bowl with not only Golden Tate, but other Detroit Lions players. All the proceeds went to the Michigan’s Veterans Affairs Agency and The Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of American. Once again, this event was a success.
Golden Tate is not only a spectacular athlete who plays for the Detroit Lions, but a great human being. Tate and his fiancé do a lot for the community. They are true inspirations to us all and we thank them so much for helping out the community.
If you would like to donate to the Golden Future Foundation, please go to http://www.goldentate.com/foundation/make-a-donation/
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