First off, congratulations to Eli Manning and the New York Giants for their Super Bowl win last night! After a long, tough season the team is probably looking for a little time to relax and celebrate, but for Manning it doesn’t seem like he does much relaxing, especially when it comes to charity.
When the 31-year-old athlete isn’t training or being a professional quarterback, he is giving back to others. And it seems that Manning has a soft spot for kids.
He raised almost $3 million to build a 15,600 square-foot clinic named the Eli Manning Children’s Clinic at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. It provides health care to children in Mississippi with pediatricians and pediatric specialists offering services such as well-child visits, vaccinations and acute care in orthopedics, cardiology and endocrinology.
As a father to 11-month old daughter Ava Frances with wife Abby McGrew, it only seems fitting that he would open a facility to help children.
In addition to helping children, Manning also works to help low-income youth overcome poverty and achieve a valuable education. In April 2008, he was honored for such work at the Young Women’s Leadership Network’s 10th Anniversary Celebration College bound Initiative.
Similar to many of the organizations and youth he works with, the quarterback revealed education wasn’t always his strong suit.
“A lot of the charity work that I do involves children. And education was always important to me but it was something I struggled with on early in my youth, especially with problems in reading. I got behind but I got the proper help and it made it easier for me to learn.”
He believes it’s important to work hard, do what you love and stick with whatever your goals are.
“I think physical education is important and learning about teamwork but I’ll stress education and support my kids in whatever they want to do, actor, musician, science teacher, whatever they want,” he revealed.
Giving back must run in Manning’s family, as his brother Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, is also an avid supporter of charities and children through his PeyBack Foundation.
Other charities Manning supports include the Phoenix House, the Red Cross and the St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.
The Super Bowl champion’s positive attitude and ambition seem like a great fit when working with charities and children who need a role model.