Currently there are over 10,000 children living in foster care in Arizona. Many of these children are abused, neglected, and prone to dropping out of school. The problem grows worse every day, but the local charity Hope & A Future is working to combat that progression. Michael Oher, offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens and former foster care child inspired the book and later an Academy Award winning movie The Blind Side, will be in the Valley to speak with 250 youths living in foster care.
On April 7 Oher will share his story of growing up and how everyone can reach their true potential. Hope & A Future, a non-profit dedicated to helping neglected and abused foster care children, will hold the event after their annual Strike Out Child Abuse Walk. The football star will be speaking at Grand Canyon University and interacting with the kids about the struggles he experienced.
The kids will be able to enjoy free pizza and Powerade, donated by local family owned pizzeria Barro’s Pizza and in collaboration with the Powerade Phoenix branch.
With all the things Michael Oher has experienced in his life it’s no wonder he is devoted to helping these kids, and we applaud him for that. If you haven’t seen The Blind Side movie, we highly recommend it.