Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Feel Good Friday: J.T. Thomas continues to make an impact off the field

Fans of WVUPros and Feel Good Friday are no strangers to J.T. Thomas. We have highlighted several awesome works of charity by the WVU and now NY Giants linebacker.

You may remember a few years back when Thomas, as an NFL rookie, took an 8th grader with spina bifida to her prom dance. Or when we highlighted the Super Bowl trip he took with a teen with epilepsy. We also looked at his bowling event that raised money for Intensive Therapeutics. The J.T. Thomas Foundation has a focus on helping children with disabilities, and it is a cause near and dear to Thomas’ heart with his younger brother having autism.

Recently, a new initiative has been brought to the forefront. Thomas wants to show today’s youth the importance of education, and stress that football is not the only way to succeed. “It’s truly looked at as a salvation amongst the youth and as a really big part of the culture in South Florida,” he told CBS Sports Radio.

“Our mission is to empower our youth through education,” Thomas said. He has mentioned that a long term goal of his would be to have an all-boys academy in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, FL.

“All you can do is keep your yard clean,” he said. “And that’s how you keep the street clean.”

Thomas posted a couple photos referencing him pursing his MBA at the University of Miami School of Business Administration recently on his Instagram page. It appears Thomas is not only talking the talk, but also walking the walk.



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