Professional athletes are constantly criticized for not doing enough to help their communities. Evidently no one bothered to check with Anquan Boldin.
The 49ers wide receiver is taking community outreach into his own hands, offering up four different $10,000 scholarships to three teenagers from Florida and one from near his new home of San Francisco. One went to a teenager in Boldin’s alma mater of Pahokee High. The teen near San Francisco attended Aragon High in San Mateo, Calif.
Aragon’s Celene Bolanos, a senior cross country and track runner, received a $10,000 check from Boldin in a ceremony with her family and the 49ers wide receiver. According to the Sacramento Bee, the scholarship is designed to defray costs of college beyond tuition payments, helping defray the cost of room, board and books, among other essentials.
Boldin’s scholarship program is part of what inspired the NFL to name the wide receiver its Byron Whizzer White Community Service Award. That’s not to say that Boldin only gives in the form of college funding; he’s also done work for OxFam America, Wounded Warriors and United Way, to name but a few.
Now he’s making an impact much closer to home, as Bolanos can attest firsthand.