Jason Witten gives back to Boys & Girls Club

MESQUITE, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten's SCORE Foundation teamed with supermarket chain Albertsons to fund and renovate the learning center at a Dallas-area Boys & Girls Club.

Witten attended the ribbon cutting of the new facility Friday afternoon.

"The Boys & Girls Clubs in my mind is one of the greatest venues these kids can go to keep them off the streets and to encourage them to dream big," Witten said. "Obviously academics (is important too). Inside these clubs are challenges and for that it makes it interesting to come in here and provide this so they can have classes and not something that's forced on them but something they can enjoy."

Witten signed a helmet, jersey and interacted with the young kids.

Witten, who grew up in Tennessee, was a member of the Boys & Girls Club so he understood what it means to the community.

"It was a place for me that I could go in those doors and there were people who truly cared about me," Witten said. "And there were programs in place to encourage me to tell me it's going to be a better day and that's what these learning centers are all about."

This is the second center Witten's foundation has helped. In 2009, Witten's foundation dedicated another center at a Boys & Girls Club in East Dallas.