Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin made a surprise visit to Independence High School in Glendale on Tuesday, November 15 to donate $10,000 to help benefit the school’s football program with new uniforms and equipment.

“This is a school that I just fell in love with,” commented Boldin. “I actually held a camp here over the summer and Coach Moore was so helpful. He got his whole team to come out and help with my camp and ever since then I’ve been in contact with the football team and the basketball team.”

“He has come out to lift with the guys and he has really taken a special interest in our kids,” shared Independence Head Football Coach Kelley Moore. “He’s been on the sidelines for a couple of games and it has really been a morale booster for our program.”

Boldin donated $5,000 out of his own pocket and that figure was matched with a grant from the NFL’s Youth Football Fund.

The NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF) is a nonprofi t organization founded by the National Football League and the NFL Players Association. The YFF seeks to use football as a catalyst to promote positive youth development and also insure the health of grassroots football in future generations. Through the Player Matching Youth & High School Football Grant Program, current NFL players who make fi nancial contributions to youth and/or high school football programs may apply to the YFF for matching funds of up to $5,000 for those respective programs.

Boldin presented the check in the school’s courtyard when the students got out of class for the day. He then signed autographs for the students following the check presentation and also took time to visit the boys varsity basketball practice and speak to the athletes.

“This is why I have my foundation,” said Boldin. “It is built around giving younger people better opportunities and trying to even out the playing fi eld.” Boldin has also made it to a few of the high school’s football games this season and has brought out teammates Bryant Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald to support the Patriots.

“I think it is important to get out and support them,” added Boldin. “You never know how much of a difference it can make just by showing someone you care.”

In addition to Independence High School Boldin also donated the same amount of money to his high school in Pahokee, Florida.

“It all starts at home,” added the former Florida State standout. “It is something that I have always wanted to do and now that I’m in this position I like to find different ways to give back to the community, especially back home.”