For Matoaca High School alum and current Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Farrior, it’s all about giving back to the community. This weekend marked the fourth annual James Farrior “Tackling Everyday Life” celebrity weekend in the Richmond Metro area – a weekend where fans get a chance to bowl, watch a celebrity softball game, or even play golf with Farrior and several of his teammates and football friends.
“I started the foundation four years ago with my brother, Matt (Farrior),” said Farrior. “I had the opportunity to give back to my community, and I want to make sure the youth in this area have all the same opportunities I had.”
All proceeds from the event went to the James Farrior Foundation, which focuses on the development of the community’s youth. Farrior, who is entering his 15th season in the NFL, has won two Super Bowls, collected two pro-bowl appearances, and in 2009 recorded his 1,000 career tackle.
The foundation awards a number of scholarships, works with several medical and health organizations to aid the youth, and also works to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas to families in the community. Farrior teams up with former Pro Bowler and Cincinnati Bengals running back and Thomas Dale alum Rudi Johnson on the RJF Foundation, which is located in Ettrick. Also operating with Farrior on the foundation is Pro-Bowl wide receiver and Dancing with the Stars winner Hines Ward, and former All-Pro running back and broadcaster Jerome ‘The Bus’ Bettis who in his career rushed for 13,662 yards, which currently ranks 5th all-time in the NFL.
For more information, or to make charitable donations to the foundation, visit the foundation’s homepage at http://www.jamesfarriorfoundation.org.