"I've always been involved with helping students outside the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. job," Rebecca said. "It's all about reaching the future generations and helping them now." It's that mission and mindset that led Rebecca, who teaches at San Antonio's Karen Wagner High School, to take over Leadership: Access Granted, a program designed to help underprivileged, at-risk students identify and reach their educational and career dreams.
"We’ve always tried to instill in our kids that you need to be involved in the community you live in and give back in some way,” said Beverly Winkler. It’s this very way of thinking that is at the core of the Winkler family’s giving spirit. For Beverly, her husband Wayne, 17-year-old daughter Cianna and 21-year-old son Zachary, giving back is a family affair that is a constant part of their very busy lives.
"I volunteer because I want to impact change, not only in my community but in the world," said Jonathan Meeks, NFL safety – an unrestricted free agent who previously played four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. Jonathan uses his platform to give back, locally and around the world. In his hometown of Rock Hill, South Carolina, he recently launched the J. Meeks Athletic Scholarship program for high school seniors and volunteers to speak and engage with students at local schools.
"I volunteer because I enjoy putting smiles on other people's faces," said Coty Sensabaugh, cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coty finds every excuse to help others – even at his own wedding, where in lieu of gifts, he and his wife asked guests to donate shoes or money to Soles4Souls. Accompanied by friends and family, the newlyweds traveled to the Dominican Republic and distributed more than 11,000 pairs of shoes to people in need.