Donald Driver Hosts 5th Annual Celebrity Weekend

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: June 28, 2007

HOUSTON — Green Bay Packers wide receiver and native Houstonian Donald Driver held his 5th Annual Celebrity Weekend in Houston, Texas hosting a variety of events to benefit the “Donald Driver Foundation”.

Throughout the year, the Donald Driver Foundation puts on several events to help raise funds for their efforts in eliminating homelessness and aiding education.

The Fifth Annual Donald Driver Football Camp took place June 19-21 at Delmar Stadium. Over 450 kids from ages 7-17 took part in a free camp.

Children from all walks of life had the opportunity to participate in a very memorable experience. One group of kids that participated in the camp was the kids from the “Fresh Start Residential Treatment Center”.

Fresh Start RTC is a non-profit 501c (3) organization that deals with young men who have been molested, abandonded, abused and neglected in various ways. For them, this was their very first time participating in an NFL Players football camp and they truly enjoyed it!

On Friday, June 22nd the Donald Driver Golf Classic took place at Sienna Plantation Golf Club in Missouri City, Texas. Many sponsors took part in this annual event to help raise funds for the foundation.

The Celebrity Weekend ended with the Donald Driver Foundation 9-Ball Celebrity Pool Classic held at Slick Willie’s Family Pool Hall, located at 3985 Southwest Freeway.

Celebrities participating in this year’s events included: Craig Watson (Manager of Slick Willie’s), actor Timothy Durant (“Like Mike”), NFL players Chris Johnson (Oakland Raiders), Alge Crumpler (Atlanta Falcons), Charles Woodson (Green Bay Packers), Vonta Leach (Houston Texans), actor Phil Morris, NBA star Nick Van Exel, Donald’s brother, Sam, and others.

Driver, who attended Milby High School in HISD, remembers the struggles that his mom Faye Gray had growing up as a kid and he continues to strive to help other single parent moms through his “Strong Hands, Strong Minds, Loving Hearts” Home Program.

“Through the Strong Hands, Strong Minds, Loving Hearts home program, Donald is able to help assist single moms through the Star of Hope shelter with their rent for up to six months,” Faye Gray, Driver’s mother said.

“I am so very proud of my son and his willingness to help others. Each year around Christmas the Foundation host a dinner for the recipients and they have an opportunity to meet Donald personally and talk with him and share testimonies.”

Driver, who’s married with two children, also hosts events in Wisconsin and Mississippi. In Wisconsin, he loves working with charities such as: Goodwill, Freedom House, and Children’s Hospital.

He will also be hosting his Third Annual Donald Driver Football Camp in Milwaukee, Wisconsin June 30th-July 1st. The Foundation will also host another football camp July 11-13th at Cleveland High School, his wife’s alma mater, in Cleveland, Mississippi.

“This will be the first time that we’ve held a camp in at Cleveland High School,” Donald’s wife, Betina stated. “We have about 250-plus kids registered for the camp so far.”

The Donald Driver Foundation continues to host a variety of football camps, golf tournaments, pool tournaments as well as an “Evening of Elegance” in Wisconsin to help raise funds for the foundation. However, mom and wife couldn’t be prouder of Driver’s second Pro Bowl accomplishment.

“We were very proud of Donald making the Pro Bowl again,” Betina Driver said. “Our entire family got to enjoy it this year with their dad.”

Everyone will be looking for Driver, now in his eighth NFL season to have a repeat performance this upcoming season. Driver, is one of the top receivers in the league.