Vince Young Launches His Foundation

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: July 4, 2007

HOUSTON — Former Madison High School star and Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young kicked off the “Vince Young Foundation” with a series of events in Nashville and his hometown of Houston.

The Vince Young Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that was established this year by Young and his mother, Felicia. Young was inspired to start the foundation because of his own experience overcoming life’s challenges while growing up in Houston.

The 2006 NFL Rookie of the Year kicked off the foundation with a star-studded, red carpet gala held at the LP Westside Stadium Club in Nashville.

The evening included a silent and live auction featuring sports legends memorabilia and exclusive sports and fan experiences.

Two Nashville charities received $10,000 grants to assist their youth programs, including LP Pencil Box, which will purchase school supplies for Metro school students who otherwise could not afford them.

“We were able to raise over $200,000 at the kickoff gala,” Vince Young Inc., Marketing Director Mike Mu stated. “This was a good jumpstart to the foundation.”

The Vince Young Foundation Gala was a sold-out event which included his family and committee members who were also in attendance. Committee members for the foundation include: Reginald Patrick (Treasurer), Kenneth Young (Operations Manager), Vintrisa Young (Assistant Secretary), and Event Planners Lakesha Winters, Audria Young, and Candace Johnson. “The Vince Young Foundation will host four events per year,” Executive Director Felicia Young said. “We reached our goal with the gala. It was sold out with over 400 people.” “Each year we hope to grow bigger and bigger. We get a lot of proposals and review them through a screening process. Next year we will start the Vince Young Scholarship Foundation Essay contest.” Young returned home to Houston for the first Annual Vince Young Foundation Golf scramble held at the Wildcat Golf Club, which is close to his old stomping grounds. Close to 100 participants came out to play a round of golf with Young along with various sponsors including: Norm Frede of Norm Frede Chevrolet, “Mattress Mac” of Gallery Furniture, Reebok, Ticket Reserve, Soltex, Inc., Adams Resources Exploration, Perry Properties, Gulfmark Energy and others. “We raised between $50,000-$70,000 for the Foundation through the Golf tournament,” Foundation Secretary Mike Mu stated. “Everything turned out really good.” The Vince Young Foundation is dedicated to serving underprivileged children through programs that focus on inspiring and empowering today’s youth to better utilize the educational and civic opportunites available to them. With that in mind, Young will host his third event, the “VY 4 Kids Day” on Saturday, July 14th, at Delmar Stadium, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The “VY 4 Kids Day” will be a day of fun for 1,000 lucky kids from the Houston area, ages 8 through 16. Activities for the day include: Reebok Football Zone, EA Sports, Titans inflatable obstacle courses, Gallery Furniture Chow Wagon, Foam Fest, Kids Karaoke, Cool Zone, Rock Climbing, Face Painting, Tile Painting, a Health Fair, and a special Q&A session with Vince. Tennessee Titans mascot T-Rac will also be in attendance along with various celebrity athletes.

All participants will receive a t-shirt, a goodie bag from Shoe Carnival and an autographed picture of Vince. They will also receive a free lunch courtesy of Gallery Furniture.

It was an amazing first season in the NFL for Vince Young and this season should be even better. “I believe Vincent will accomplish everything that he wants to,” mother Felicia Young stated.

“Everything went so fast. We’re trying to take things step-by-step.We’re still walking on that cloud wondering where God is going to take us next. It has been a learning process, and our foundation secretary Mike Mu has been excellent showing me how the whole process works.”