Four-time NFL Pro Bowler and Voice of the Arizona Cardinals, Ron Wolfley, hosted the Inaugural MVP Leadership Academy this past weekend at Young Life’s Lost Canyon Ranch on behalf of The MVP Foundation.

The MVP Foundation provided 241 low-income, inner city 6th and 7th grade young men with a free once-in-a-lifetime weekend retreat to learn about and discuss the three tenants of the academy – Honesty, Integrity and Moral Character. Campers came from surrounding Arizona schools, including Bernard Black Elementary School, Gateway School, Herrera Elementary School, Larry C Kennedy School and Supai Middle School.

Wolfley was joined by Arizona Cardinals defensive end, Calais Campbell, who spoke to the young men about how honesty, integrity and moral character have been critical in his life. Campbell then joined in on the fun for a few hours as he played football and further engaged with the kids.

Activities included basketball, football, soccer, billiards, ping pong, air hockey, hiking and organized meals. Several children expressed that they just didn’t want to go home because they were having so much fun. 

The purpose of The MVP Foundation is to provide at-risk Arizona youth with educational opportunities, interactive programs and resources that foster positive connections between the worlds of family, school and community.

Through these efforts, young boys and girls will be motivated, empowered and encouraged to achieve academic excellence, develop personal skills and make positive decisions to avoid high-risk and problem behavior so that they can grow to be confident and successful role models and leaders.

To learn more about The MVP Foundation, visit themvpfoundation.org.