The History of
The MVP Foundation was established in 2011 by a group of Phoenix community business leaders who were concerned by the lack of opportunity and direction being provided to inner city 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys. Many of these boys have no positive role models. In addition, a surprising number have never traveled outside of Maricopa county. Therefore, the MVP Foundation created the MVP Leadership Academy which takes place each spring in the mountains of Williams, Arizona.
Over 2000 boys have attended the Leadership Academy since its inception. To date, the majority of funding for the Leadership Academy has been provided by the MVP Foundation’s Board of Directors. Each Director pledges to donate and/or raise a minimum of $10,000. In addition, a limited amount of grants and outside donations have been obtained.
The MVP Foundation leases the Young Life Camp called Lost Canyon for three days each spring. The camp is run by Young Life volunteers. However, the Leadership Academy is not religiously oriented. It costs over $300 per camper to provide a three day experience that includes bus transportation to and from Williams as well as lodging, meals, snacks, programming, and entertainment. Administrative expenses are kept at a minimum with over 90% of donations being utilized to run the Leadership Camp.
NFL Pro Bowler & Talk Radio Show Host, Ron Wolfley, speaks at the Leadership Academy.