The Ickey Woods Youth Foundation was formed in 2004 as a non-profit organization to provide guidance and mentors to youth in the inner city of Cincinnati, Ohio. We have based our organization on the “Whole Person” concept, which simply states that all individuals can achieve their full potential when they are developed physically, mentally, intellectually and spiritually (service to others). The stated mission of the organization is “To create and administer programs that will insure that all active participants are accepted into society at their highest potential.” Our purpose: “We seek to truly develop all aspects of an individual, mind, body and spirit.” The development of physical strength and agility can be achieved in a positive atmosphere. In addition to building a strong physical body, the focus is on developing social skills that must be learned in order for the individual to be fully accepted into society.
The above concepts are at the core of what we attempt to accomplish with working with children. Though our activities may be brief, we cannot stress enough the importance of focusing on the positive and good things to accomplish in life, staying in school to gain the knowledge necessary to be self-sufficient individuals in life and to have a career that they are able to choose.
Kicks For Kids (KFK) was founded in 1995 by Doug Pelfrey, the Cincinnati Bengals' kicker from 1993-1999 and third all-time leading scorer. A "hometown guy" who starred at the University of Kentucky, Doug started the charity as a result of his passion to help kids and his commitment to the community in which he lives.
THelping to level the playing field for local children at risk, KFK serves the communities of Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana and Greater Cincinnati. Shortly after launching KFK, Doug was joined by Jim Breech, who played at Cal and with the Raiders before becoming the Bengals' all-time scoring leader (1980-1992). Jim has continued to play an active role in KFK and has served on KFK's Board since 1996.
While the fact that the game-winning field goals of these two men influenced the name of the charity, it is not the main reason they have joined forces. More important than their accomplishments on the gridiron, Doug and Jim share an intense concern for children and a desire to give something back to their community. As a result, the mission of the 501(c)(3) organization is to level the playing field for local children at risk. Through offering a variety of unique and exciting opportunities, KFK achieves this goal. Made available to children who are challenged mentally, physically, or by the environment in which they live, these opportunities are provided through the organization's interactive programs, by fulfilling the special requests of individual youths, and through a collaborative effort with other local kids' organizations.
In 1999, Visa in conjunction with the Pro Football Hall Of Fame sponsored a new promotion called the Visa Hall of Fans award. The charge card company, working through a select committee, would pick one fan from every NFL team to represent their team in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. A special display in the Hall was created and each selected fan was inducted into "Hall of Fans."
Of that first class, 22 fans came back in August for the first reunion. Once again, the fans enjoyed themselves and each other so much they decided to form a group honoring that "bound" between fans. The group came up with a mission statement: "TO PROMOTE THE FELLOWSHIP OF ALL FANS, ENCOURAGE SPORTSMANSHIP AND SUPPORT CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES" and named themselves: PFUFA.
Since it's birth, PFUFA has become bigger, better, and more well-known than ever before. Some of our most noteable fans are: Barrel Man, Denver Broncos; the Hogettes, Washington Redskins; and of course, all of our other GREAT FANS!! Unfortunately, in 2005, Visa ended its sponsorship of the "Hall of Fans" and the selection process was stopped. At this time, no future selections are scheduled. The Hall of Fame, however, has decided to remove the "Hall of Fans" and the room has become the Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Room. In 2007, PFUFA embarked on a new era!! Up to this time, PFUFA members could only come from selected fans of the "Hall of Fans." As a result, PFUFA’s membership leveled off and actually began to recede. However, at the 2007 Annual Business Meeting, this rule was changed. PFUFA is now searching the stadiums of the NFL to find more great fans!!