Jason Witten's SCORE Foundation
But Witten's accomplishments off the field are perhaps even more impressive. Through his own charitable foundation, Jason Witten's SCORE Foundation, Witten has launched numerous outreach programs and funded several new building projects in Texas and his native Tennessee.
Five years ago, the foundation launched the Jason Witten SCOREkeepers program, a unique initiative placing full-time, trained male mentors in battered women's shelters throughout Texas. The mentors seek to demonstrate positive male behavior to the children living in these shelters in an effort to break the cycle of violence that plagues families affected by abuse. With the help of generous grants from the Allstate Foundation, Jason Witten's SCORE Foundation has placed SCOREkeepers in six shelters across the Lone Star State - The Family Place (Dallas), SafeHaven (Fort Worth), Mujeres Unidas (McAllen), New Beginning Center (Garland), Denton County Friends of the Family (Denton Co.) and Safe Place (Austin). He also routinely hosts children from these shelters for special events like Christmas parties, bowling outings and trips to Cowboys training camp.
In 2010, the foundation launched a new domestic violence prevention program called "Coaching Boys Into Men" in high schools across Arlington, Texas. The program trains coaches to educate their players on the dangers of dating violence.
In addition to his distinguished work in the battle against domestic violence, Witten also built a Jason Witten Learning Center, complete with a state-of-the-art recording studio, at the East Dallas Boys & Girls Club center in March 2008. A month later, he dedicated another one at the Boys & Girls Club in his hometown of Elizabethton, Tenn. Then, he dedicated a third such center at the Halls/Powell Boys & Girls Club in Knoxville, Tenn., where he played college football at the University of Tennessee.
The foundation has also strengthened its commitment to youth fitness by launching the Play.Move.SCORE program at Boys & Girls Clubs centers in Dallas and Fort Worth. The program, sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, is a year-long initiative to get kids active and eating healthy.
Last June, Witten once again returned to his hometown of Elizabethton, Tenn., to host the 10th Annual Jason Witten Football Camp. With approximately 1,200 kids attending each year, the camp is one of the largest free football camps in America.
Jason and his wife Michelle, a registered nurse, also funded the construction of a brand new Jason Witten-themed emergency waiting room at The Children's Hospital at Johnson City Medical Centerin Johnson City, Tenn. The project was dedicated in 2009.
Earlier this year, Jason became the first player ever to win the Bart Starr Award and the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in the same season. While these honors are a tribute to all of the good works that he does off the field, none of this would be possible without your support of the SCORE Foundation and its programs and projects. With your help, we will be able to help many more families and children in the coming years!
Jason Witten's Community Honors & Awards
- 2008 Home Depot Neighborhood MVP
- 2009 Pro Football Weekly Humanitarian Award
- 2012 Bart Starr Award
- 2012 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year