Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) November 2, 2010
NFL’s Three-Time Pro Bowler of the Baltimore Ravens, Anquan Boldin, has partnered with United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) as an ambassador for its Emerging Leaders United (ELU) program. ELU comprises a network of passionate young leaders 40 and under who are actively seeking ways to give, advocate and volunteer. With this partnership, Boldin will encourage up-and-coming young professionals to use philanthropy and volunteerism to advance the community.
United Way of Central Maryland will host an ELU Welcome Reception on November 30 to officially introduce Boldin as the new honorary chair. This event will allow ELU members to network and meet their new ambassador.
“The Baltimore Ravens have been long-time supporters of United Way, and we are excited to have Anquan help us reach a new generation of ambassadors and philanthropists,” said Mark Furst, President and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland. “Great partnerships are what it takes to help those who are most vulnerable in our community. Having Anquan as an ambassador will be a welcomed asset to the ELU program. He is new to Baltimore, but not new to supporting his neighbors in need. We hope Anquan’s passion will be contagious.”
“The opportunity to promote giving and volunteering is important to me and those who need our help,” said Boldin. “I started the Anquan Boldin Foundation in 2004 to help underprivileged youth, and alongside my foundation, I am happy to connect with the United Way and ultimately support programs and services to better the lives of families in need. We are the next generation, and it’s our turn to better our community.”
About Emerging Leaders United
ELU is a network of passionate young leaders 40 and under who are actively seeking ways to give, advocate and volunteer. It’s a way for today’s up-and-coming business leaders to use philanthropy and volunteerism to advance the community. To join, visit http://www.uwcm.org/elu/.
About United Way of Central Maryland
For 85 years, United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) has been the region’s human services leader. It supports programs and initiatives in the city of Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. UWCM is dedicated to helping individuals and families meet their emergency needs, stabilize their lives, and ultimately lift them up and out of the circumstances that make them vulnerable; drawing upon local knowledge, data and expertise to understand the community’s needs, identify where gaps exist and support what works in addressing them and serving as a powerful voice and advocate on critical health and human issues. By encouraging all people in central Maryland to give, advocate or volunteer, UWCM wants to show the true power of LIVING UNITED. For more information, visit http://www.uwcm.org or call 410.547.8000.
About Anquan Boldin
Anquan Boldin, in his eighth year in the NFL, became a new face of the Baltimore Ravens March 5, 2010 and instantly became an impact, must-needed link in the quest of a Super Bowl Championship.
While a Cardinal, Anquan made enormous achievements with five, 1,000 yard seasons. On November 15, 2009, vs. the Seattle Seahawks, Boldin became the fifth- fastest NFL player ever to gain 7,000 receiving yards. In 2008, Anquan helped lead his team to their first ever Super Bowl appearance and earned his third Pro Bowl berth. In 2006, Anquan was seventh in the league in receiving yards (1,203) and was selected to his second Pro Bowl. In 2004, Anquan was named a Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist. This award is given by the NFL in recognition of players in off-the-field community service as well as playing with excellence. That same year he was also awarded the Ed Block Courage Award by the Arizona Cardinals.
The Anquan “Q81” Foundation started in his sophomore season with a mission to bring hope to underprivileged children. Well known throughout the league for his work ethic, his character, and his professionalism, Anquan is also known for his generosity in giving back to his community as evidenced by his charitable activities in Arizona, and his home state of Florida and now Central Maryland. For more information please visit http://www.AnquanQ81Foundation.com.
VP, External Affairs
United Way of Central Maryland
Bridgett Coates – PR for Anquan Boldin