- Harvey Eldridge
Volunteering civic engagement
As an athlete, I have been blessed with the opportunity to not only play the game I love, but also to use my platform to make a positive impact in my community. One of the most powerful ways to do this is through volunteering and civic engagement.
When I first started my career, I wasn't sure how to get involved in the community. But as I grew older, I realized that the best way to make a difference was to start small and find something that I was passionate about. For me, that was education and mentorship.
I began volunteering at schools in my hometown of Philadelphia, where I grew up. I would visit classrooms, talk to students, and offer words of encouragement. I would also mentor young athletes, offering them advice and guidance as they navigated their own careers.
Through these experiences, I saw firsthand the power of volunteering and civic engagement. I saw how my presence and support could inspire and motivate young people to strive for greatness. I saw how my contributions could help shape their lives in a positive way.
But volunteering and civic engagement isn't just about the impact we can make on others. It's also about the impact it can have on ourselves. It's about the sense of purpose and fulfillment that comes from giving back to our communities.
As I retired from the game, I decided to take my commitment to volunteerism and civic engagement to the next level. I started the my Family Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of young people through education and mentorship.
Through the Foundation, we have been able to provide scholarships, resources and support to many young people who want to go to college and make a difference in the world. We have also been able to help many young athletes achieve their dreams of becoming professional athletes.
I believe that everyone has the potential to make a difference in the world. And whether it's through volunteering or civic engagement, we all have the power to make a positive impact in our communities. So, I urge everyone to find something they're passionate about and get involved. Trust me, it's one of the most rewarding experiences you'll ever have.
In conclusion, volunteering and civic engagement are essential aspects of our society. It's not only about the impact we can make on others, but also about the impact it can have on ourselves. As a retired athlete, I am proud to have been able to use my platform to make a difference in the lives of many young people through education and mentorship. I encourage everyone to find something they're passionate about and get involved in their community. Together, we can make a positive impact in the world.