Strong Safety for the Bills George Wilson is being recognized by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) for his work with kids to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Wilson formed his S.A.F.E.T.Y. Foundation two years ago, playing off the name of his position and focusing on a mission to Save Adolescents From the Everyday Trials of Youth. One of the many events his foundation hosts is the Annual Sports Fest at Paducah Tilghman High School (Wilson is a native of Paducah, KY) which focuses on teaching youth fun ways to incorporate physical activities into their everyday life.
“With computers and video game systems and social networks, the first thing I got involved with is trying to make kids more physically active to combat childhood obesity” Wilson explains.
Sports Fest includes guest speakers, lots of fun and a football camp and cheerleading clinic. Wilson also partnered with SUDIA, the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, to teach kids about good nutritional choices and ways to be active.
“I wanted to do more because I’ve really been blessed to be able to live my dream,” Wilson said. “Over the years, I’ve been in a lot of community centers to share my testimony. I ask questions. I try to find out what the kids are struggling with.”
This year, the President’s Council presented the Community Leadership Award to 38 individuals across the country for making sports, physical activity, fitness, and nutrition-related programs available in their communities.
In 2008, Wilson was the recipient of the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award, which is the highest service honor one can receive from the White House. In addition, in 2009 he had the distinct honor of receiving the Buffalo Bills’ Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his commitment to educating today’s youth.
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