- The team that wins SB54 will not be the only winners for the big occasion.
- There are plenty of charitable initiatives that will benefit from the Super Bowl this year.
- Among them is the Make-A-Wish Foundation that will be sending more kids than ever to the Championship Game.
MIAMI – Super Bowl 54 is bringing out the charity among fans of the game within their communities. The holiday season isn’t the only season for giving but then again, Super Bowl Sunday is known as a holiday to all NFL lovers.
Charitable events will be happening nationwide and local businesses in Miami will also be able to display their products to a wider audience which only stands to benefit them.
Charitable Events Around The Country For SB54
TeamSmile, a dental group based in North Kansas City, Missouri, is partnered with professional sports franchises in an effort to offer pediatric dental care to communities in need.
With their team affiliations, one lucky patient has been awarded the gift of a lifetime. Punter Dustin Colquitt of the Kansas City Chiefs’ gifted patient Nailah Davis, 15, a Chiefs jersey and two tickets to Super Bowl LIV.
Along with the tickets for her and her mother, she also received airfare and a four-day stay at a hotel on Miami Beach. Davis has said she’s been a Chiefs fan since she was born. Her mother, Niquila Nevils was more than happy with the free dental care for her daughter so this gift was beyond anything she could have imagined.
“It’s given her something she’ll remember for the rest of her life, and it’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” said Nevils. “It all happened because somebody cared.”
In Ridgefield, Connecticut, the Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR) will be holding its annual “Stuff-A-Van” event. On Sunday, February 2 (the day of the game) they will be accepting donations at the Stop & Shop in Ridgefield from 10 a.m. EST – 2 p.m. EST.
Donations requested are things such as cat litter and food and treats for cats and dogs. This will help all of the animals in the city without homes to remain well taken care of while waiting for their forever homes.
Katy, Texas will be holding a Super Bowl party thrown by Katy Christian Ministries at the Waters Church for Super Bowl Sunday. This is the finale event that caps off two months of “Souper Bowl of Caring” where non-perishable food donations were collected to feed the less fortunate in the community.
“Tapping the energy around the big game, Souper Bowl of Caring mobilizes ordinary people to do extraordinary good in their local community,” a promo video for the occasion said. They have been holding this Souper Bowl for 30 years and have received over $150 million in food and funding within that time.
Tickets to the viewing party at the church are $15 for adults, $5 for kids and it’s free for anyone 12 and under. The money will go toward buying more food for those in need.
All of those who attend will get a bag of chips, a drink, and either a hot dog or hamburger while watching the game. While consumerism for the day runs rampant, the charity of the day is just as big.
Charitable Events In Miami
Back in Miami, the economy will be profiting from the influx of business and tourism due to Super Bowl LIV happening in their backyard, but the city will be hosting events that give back as well.
The Super Bowl Breakfast on Saturday, February 1, at the Diplomat Beach Resort will be giving back to charities within the community to help build three homes for people without homes. The breakfast is being hosted by the First Horizon Bank Foundation and will award newly retired New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning with the Bart Starr Award. Peyton Manning received the same award in 2015 and will also be in attendance.
“These events are one way for our First Horizon team members to embrace the values of our long-standing tradition of giving back,” said regional president Jeff Jackson. “It is gratifying to provide assistance to underserved neighborhoods with Friday’s build day and make a difference during Super Bowl activities.
Local Businesses Positively Impacted
Local businesses will see the benefits of the power that SB54 brings. A tailgating party for small business owners will be held on Super Bowl Sunday. This gives companies a chance to make some money selling their products to NFL fans but also to get their name out.
Some even hope to find investors by networking a bit in an effort to expand their businesses.
“I’m really hoping to meet some amazing people who may be interested in investing in our company to take us to the next level,” said Ashley Walker, the owner of Top Shelf Gourmet. Her company has been making four-ingredient or fewer popsicles and smoothies for three years in different South Florida locations.
Make-A-Wish Breaks Super Bowl Record
With all that the Super Bowl is bringing to communities nationwide, it makes sense that a foundation as big as the Make-A-Wish Foundation be in on these charitable happenings also.
This year marks the 40th year that Make-A-Wish has been able to grant wishes to very ill children in the hopes of easing their pain even if just for a day. The foundation will be sending 19 different kids to SB LIV, the most children they’ve ever sent to a Super Bowl at one time.
“At Make-A-Wish, we believe that every child deserves a childhood, which is why we grant wishes that give kids hope and joy today – so they can look forward to tomorrow,” said Richard K. Davis, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “From the first Super Bowl wish in 1982 to the record 19 wishes being granted during our 40th anniversary this year, the NFL has been one of our longest-tenured sponsors, and we are truly grateful for all that the league does to make life better for wish kids and their families.”
Each child will go to a reception dinner at Dave & Buster’s on January 30. After that, they will be treated to a private tour of the Hard Rock Stadium where the game will be held. They will also attend the Super Bowl Experience and meet both former and active NFL players.
If that isn’t enough, they all get to go to the red-carpet NFL Honors event as well.
Super Bowl Sunday is a great day for everyone. The happiness of the day can be felt on various levels. Weather bettors cash-in on their wagers or not, they can at least feel comforted knowing that the big game made a big impact on so many positive organizations.
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