Changing the Destiny of Foster Children.
Albert Wilson, wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs is a native of Fort Pierce, Florida. His passion and motivation to give back to youth in foster care stems from his personal experiences in the foster care system growing up. Albert spent majority of his childhood years in and out of group homes and foster homes before finally finding stability in the 10th grade. Prior to his sophomore year of high school, he spent time at the Hibiscus Center in Vero Beach, Florida and a Boys Town in Oviedo, Florida. After spending time at these locations Albert found a home with Brian and Rose Bailey in Port St. Lucie, Florida before moving in with family members in the same district so he could continue attending Port St. Lucie High School.
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“While growing up, I spent significant time in the Florida Foster Care system. I was
blessed to continue my education due to my athletic abilities, but witnessing my
younger sisters and others I knew age out of the system motivated me to
get involved and be a voice for children in foster care.”
Read Albert’s story on The Players Tribune!
Albert through his foundation wants to use his platform to reach youth who are in the same situation he was once in. Since entering the NFL Albert has served as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City, and travels to speak to youth in the Treasure Coast during the offseason. In 2017 Albert and fellow Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley partnered to benefit the Bishop Sullivan Center “Catch A Break” program. Each receiver will donate $100 for every catch.
The funds from the Catch A Break program will provide local teenage boys in foster care vouchers to purchase school clothes and shoes. Albert also wrote a letter in the TCPalm newspaper in support of Sanctuary4Kids. The Sanctuary4Kids project will provide a safe place for the kids who are newly removed from their homes.
In 2016 The Albert Wilson Foundation hosted its first Albert Wilson Charity Weekend which included charity bowling, a free youth football camp, and concluded with a softball faceoff between NFL players and members of the Devereux Community Based Care. More than 150 kids have attended the free Albert Wilson Youth Skills Camp every year.
Through various community initiatives and programs Albert and The Albert Wilson Foundation are committed to enhancing the lives of children in foster care and underserved communities.