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The mission of the High 5ive Foundation is to improve the quality of life for all people with varying disabilities through raising public awareness and inspiring individuals toward achieving personal goals which at one time seemed unattainable. Established in 2008, the High 5ive Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity which prides itself in unique fundraising opportunities. Through various fundraising activities such as our golf outing, High 5ive supports many organizations including Special Olympics Michigan, Children’s Miracle Network, Sparrow Children’s Center, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Orchard’s Children’s Services.
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High 5ive Foundation Continues Support of Fresh Flint Festival
By Chrissie Wywrot
As the Flint Water Crisis unfolded in 2015, Farmington Hills, Mich. native and NFL pro Drew Stanton wanted to do something for the city residents … and he wasn’t alone.
After water was declared unsafe to drink in October 2015, celebrities — many of whom grew up in the Detroit area — came out in droves to help. Hip hop artists Meek Mill and Big Sean donated bottled water and money. Rap artist Eminem teamed up with Wiz Khalifa, Sean “Diddy” Combs and actor Mark Wahlberg to donate one million bottles of water.
Recognizing all that was already being done, Stanton wanted to do something different.
“I saw a lot of guys already doing great things for the city,” said Stanton. “So I asked Kim (Doverspike, Executive Director of the High 5ive Foundation) to look into what else we could do.”
Doverspike contacted Flint Presbyterian Church in Flint, with whom she knew Pastor Paul Ytterock. He put her in touch with staff member Brenda Poe-Finkbeiner.
“At the time, (the crisis) was really spotlighted in the news media nationwide and we had just truckloads of water being delivered,” said Poe-Finkbeiner. “Well, Drew wanted to do something beyond sending a truckload of water.”
Fresh Flint Festival
Poe-Finkbeiner brainstormed and ultimately came up with the idea for the Fresh Flint Festival, an event that would bring together athletes, local businesses and organizations, and community members.
The idea was to provide resources to local families while engaging them in physical activity and nutrition.
“Physical activity and good eating habits are very important to help mitigate the effects of lead poisoning, so the whole event goes hand-in-hand with what is needed for these people,” said Poe-Finkbeiner.
“Those are two things that underprivileged people don’t always have access to. They aren’t always living the most healthy lifestyle, they don’t have access to resources to get them.”
This year’s April 22 event marked the second-annual Fresh Flint Festival. Stanton’s High 5ive Foundation was the top sponsor for the second year in a row.
“Unfortunately I haven’t been able to attend due to my football schedule,” said Stanton, who has been with the Arizona Cardinals since 2013, “but seeing photos and hearing the success stories has been really gratifying.”
Access to Resources
More than 30 local-area exhibitors were on hand for this year’s Fresh Flint Festival highlighting health, proper nutrition, sports and other extra-curricular activities. The goal is not only to have fun at the event, but to connect families with resources beyond the event.
“We had one organization, for example, that delivers lunches to homes of children all summer long,” said Poe-Finkbeiner. “They were at the event giving away lunches and signing people up for the summer lunch program. If parents don’t know that’s available, they’re not going to have access to it.
“I’m sure that schools are sending things home, but not every parent’s going through their kid’s backpack every night. If we can hook up one family to a resource like that, that’s critical.”
The event has drawn attention for it’s unique take on the city’s water crisis. A major cable network even reached out to First Presbyterian to put together a documentary highlighting its impact, but was ultimately unable to attend.
“I really credit Drew for challenging us,” said Poe-Finkbeiner. “Saying, ‘I want to do something, I don’t know what I want to do, but I want it to be awesome. You tell me what I can do.’
“He challenged us to think of what we could do to respond to this crisis, and it’s been extremely valuable.”
Support High 5ive
You can help the High 5ive Foundation give back to events like this by attending this year’s Drew Stanton Celebrity Golf Outing and Charity Auction Afterglow party!
Drew Stanton is ChadTough!
Stanton is a huge supporter of The ChadTough Foundation, which was started by the Carr Family in honor of their son Chad and his battle with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). The Chad Tough Foundation’s mission is: to fund research and raise awareness for Pediatric Brain Tumors with an emphasis on DIPG. For more information visit The ChadTough Foundation.
Check out this video of Drew showing his support of The ChadTough Foundation and Michigan basketball coach John Beilein, who is taking part in the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge and has selected The ChadTough Foundation as his charity of choice. To show your support go to espn.com/infiniti now and vote for Coach Beilein!
Stanton teams up with Taylor Haugen Foundation to outfit Harrison HS football team with protective gear
With five high school players having died this season so far, Drew Stanton stepped forward to show support for young players and families to make sure they understand the importance of being educated on how to play and stay better protected against internal injuries. Stanton, felt so touched and moved by the death of Taylor Haugen in 2008 and what his family has done as a result of the death of their only child, that he connected with Brian and Kathy Haugen a few weeks ago to have the Taylor Haugen Foundation outfit his entire high school team in Farmington Hills, MI where he attended school.
On Tuesday, October 13, Stanton talked to the Harrison High School football team about the importance of staying in the game and being better protected. In addition, the Haugen’s were on hand to share their story about what happened to their son in 2008, the creation of their foundation to educate and equip middle and high school players across the country on protecting against internal injuries. Michigan is the 8th state the foundation has outfitted with nearly 3,000 secondary school players now being better protected while playing football. For more information visit the Taylor Haugen Foundation.
Stanton selected as 2015 recipient of the Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) Joe Falls Award
On Friday, October 9, the High 5ive Foundation was presented the Joe Falls Inspiration Award at the annual Special Olympics Inspire Greatness Gala at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. Stanton’s parents, Gaylord and Chris Stanton, were on hand to accept the award on behalf of Drew and his wife Kristen.
The Joe Falls Award is an annual award established to recognize an individual(s) involved with Special Olympics Michigan who has had a historic and dramatic impact on the program. This recipient(s) also represents the spirit and ideals of Special Olympics and Joe Falls through their dedication, inspiration and determination.
Stanton first got involved with Special Olympics Michigan as a student/athlete at Michigan State University. Since 2008, Stanton’s High 5ive Foundation has financially supported the State Summer and State Winter Games and donated clothing, uniforms and equipment to eight area programs. Drew and his wife Kristen have also volunteered at numerous state events and Polar Plunges over the years.
The 2016 High 5ive Foundation Golf Outing & Dinner was held on June 10 at Hawk Hollow Golf Course and raised over $75,000 to benefit Drew’s Foundation!
Thank you to all of our sponsors and participants for your continued support!
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In 2015 Stanton and the Arizona Cardinals compiled a 13-3 record (most wins in franchise history) and captured an NFC West Division Championship. In March 2016, Stanton signed a 2-year deal to remain with the Cardinals.