Vick Foundation holds back-to-school drive

Jordan Crawford | 8/19/2014, 11:55 a.m.
A charity created by Newport News native Michael Vick hosted a back-to-school supply drive last Saturday.
The Team Vick Foundation supports charities that provide hope to at-risk youth. It recently hosted a back-to-school drive in Hampton.

It’s nice to hear celebrities say they visit and give back to their childhood communities, but actions speak louder than words and NFL quarterback Michael Vick talks the talk and walks the walk.

A charity created by the Newport News native hosted a back-to-school supply drive last Saturday at the North Phoebus Community Center.

“New school supplies help promote confidence in the classroom,” Vick said in a press release.

Although Vick wasn’t there he had family at the event to serve in his absence. However, Vick is highly aware of the needs of his community as he often visits the area

“Many families are not able to afford important items like backpacks and notebooks,” Vick said. “We want to help as many children as possible, so they can focus on their studies.”

Vick, a former Warwick High and Virginia Tech standout, is currently signed with the New York Jets.

The Team Vick Foundation supports charities that provide hope to at-risk youth, the incarcerated, addicted or impoverished, and with animal welfare, according to a news release.

As young kids ran and frolicked with their new, colorful school supplies like it was Christmas, Hampton resident Atavia Mitchell couldn’t hide her gratitude.

“It’s tough when your kids see all the back-to-school commercials with kids going to school in their new clothes and school supplies looking fresh,” she said. “They see it and get excited to do the same, but you as a parent know you can’t afford to give them all of that. We may have to just settle for what we had last year.”

Mitchell then commended Vick for reaching back to his community to aid in the education of its next generation all while giving shine to local businesses from Wing Zone to Weave-Envy.

“He’s been doing this since he’s played in Atlanta,” said Chris Shigas, a Vick spokesperson. “He loves his hometown.”