The Chris Draft Family Foundation
In 2006, Stanford University graduate Chris Draft established the Chris Draft Family Foundation. The Foundation focuses on eight primary initiatives with overarching themes that stress the importance of education, healthy lifestyles, character development, personal responsibility, self-discipline and physical fitness.
The Foundation seeks partnerships with local and national community health organizations, school districts and non-profits across the country, striving to empower and uplift communities by educating and equipping families to make healthier choices.
While the Foundation’s home office is located in Atlanta, GA, the Foundation is active all across the United States, working in communities across the country from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles, CA, and from Minnesota to Texas. The Foundation maintains a strong community presence in Chris Draft’s former NFL homes: Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Charlotte, St. Louis, Buffalo and Washington, his birthplace of Kansas as well as his hometown of Anaheim, in Southern California.
Chris Draft and the Chris Draft Family Foundation travel across the United States during the NFL season, recruiting for the Foundation’s Asthma Team™ and Character Team™. Throughout the year, additional events with youth and families are planned around all Foundation initiatives, including visits to military bases and hospitals, the Get Checked and Get Fit™ Draft Day® fitness camp for youth and families (traditionally held at the Super Bowl in February and in the current NFL home city in the off-season), film screenings, roundtable discussions, school visits, park clean-ups and gardening projects.
Chris Draft’s 13 years in the NFL, and his experience has shaped the Foundation’s mission, goals and community work. While as an active NFL player living with asthma, Chris worked with national and local organizations to increase awareness of the disease with a range of PSAs and special-themed events using his personal experiences to inspire others. A health and fitness advocate, Chris designed his Draft Day® fitness camp that debuted in 2006 at the NFL YET/Atlanta aimed toward providing youth and parents with tools to make choices to live healthier lifestyles. The importance of family literacy and character education, with a focus on personal responsibility and self-discipline fuel the Foundation’s major initiatives, all centered on uplifting communities and empowering families to live healthy lifestyles.