|McNair makes donation to Boys and Girls Club
McNair makes $30,000 donation to hometown Boys & Girls Club
By Kyle Payne
NASHVILLE, TN, June 3, 2004 -- Lucille McNair can easily recall the days of taking her son Steve to school as a child, but last week it was Steve escorting his mother to her former school.
The NFL co-MVP and his mother were at Collins Middle School where Lucille attended in Collins, Miss. to impact the lives of 600 area youths.
The Covington County Boys and Girls Club is an important organization to Steve McNair and his family. The club meets at Collins Middle School for their activities because they do not have a club building. Paula Flowers, a board member for the club, told Steve the organization was facing financial challenges due to government budget cuts, a lack of funding and financial struggles during the fall session. This lack of funds was going to result in the loss of the Summer Program, which has annually has more than 600 youth participants.
McNair took immediate action to help the club, which is only miles from his hometown of Mt. Olive, Miss. On May 28, in the presence of numerous town dignitaries, the mayor, and some of the youth enrolled in the Summer Program, Steve McNair made the largest individual donation ever, in the amount of $30, 000.00, to the Boys and Girls Club of Covington County through the Steve McNair Foundation. Due to that donation the club will now start the Summer Program on schedule, June 7.
"They really needed a donation," Lucille McNair said. "Steve decided to give a donation because when he was coming up, it was hard for us to participate, so he wanted to give back to the community and the county to help the boys and girls out."
Steve spoke about the importance of the Boys and Girls Club and of the impact that the Covington County area had on him as a child. He talked about his dream of giving back to the community that had given him so much. With his donation, that dream has been realized. But the donation isn't just monetary, he hopes to continue to act as a mentor and a positive role model for the youth that are enrolled in the program.
Seeing her son's dedication to giving back makes the mother of the Titans star full of pride.
"It makes me feel good, and it makes him feel good," Lucille said. "He has said time and time again that it is things he didn't have when he grew up that makes him want to give back. He enjoys helping kids and he really loves putting smiles on their faces."
The Steve McNair Foundation also made a $5,000.00 donation to the Outreach Program at the Bethlehem Center in Nashville two weeks ago and plans to make charitable donations to a few other non-profit agencies within the coming months in Nashville.
The following are the remaining events that the foundation will host in 2004: The Fourth Annual Steve McNair Football Camp in Nashville-June 3-4, the Sixth Annual Steve McNair Football Camp at Alcorn State University on June 27th, Fourth Annual Steve McNair Golf Classic in Gulfport, MS on July 9-10 and the MVP Celebration in Nashville, Tenn. on Sept. 2, 2004.