Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is helping to build a sports complex in Haiti after a mission trip there this offseason, highlighting a busy couple weeks when it comes to charitable efforts.
The Carson Wentz AO1 Foundation recently announced that it has granted funds to Mission of Hope, Haiti (MOH) to help launch a sports initiative that will aid in building a multipurpose sports complex and education center on its campus. The sports programs and facilities will give children access to educational tutoring while providing meals and vitamins to support nutrition.
"I believe in Mission of Hope's initiative completely, and I feel that this sports complex will be an incredible way for the youth of Haiti to have more opportunities to enjoy sporting competition, to further their education, to have access to healthy meals, and to enjoy being around a Christian community to help further their faith," Wentz said in a statement.
Wentz and former teammate Jordan Matthews traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, along with fellow church members in May to paint houses and visit with communities that are trying to recover from multiple natural disasters.
In July, Wentz announced the launch of his foundation. At the first fundraising event, more than $370,000 was raised by attendees.
Wentz was also named Week 3 NFLPA Community MVP for donating $120,000 to Canine Partners for Life to secure specially trained service dogs for individuals with special needs. The funding will help cover the costs to raise, train and place more service dogs around the city of Philadelphia. Teammate Chris Long received the award in Week 2 after pledging to give his first six game checks to help fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia.
"I am incredibly honored to receive the recognition of NFLPA Community MVP for this week," Wentz said. "My love for dogs and passion for helping those in need recently led me to the folks at Canine Partners for Life. After hearing and seeing the great services these dogs provide to their owners and families, it was an easy decision to partner with them to help make a difference for families in the Philadelphia area."
The donation that got the most attention this week was the one borne out of excitement during the Eagles' last-second win against the New York Giants. Wentz was mic'd up for the game. He was heard telling a teammate that he would give rookie kicker Jake Elliott his game check if he nailed a 61-yard field goal, and sure enough Elliott did. Wentz and Elliott agreed that Wentz would instead give the money to the charity of Elliott's choice.
"That's kind of why we have this platform, why we play this game," Wentz said of giving back, "and I never lose sleep over helping others."