Frank Murphy – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Frank Murphy – Nominated for Humanitarian of the Year

By Erik Erlendsson

Walking the hallways around school in his youth, Frank Murphy was frequently stopped by one of the school janitors and told he was special and would make a difference in the world.

The former NFL wide receiver is doing just that though the Mentoring with a Purpose charity.

Murphy donates his time and energy to the Frank D. Murphy Program, which founded Mentoring with a Purpose to ensure young athletes and at-risk youth are offered proper life coaching to steer them down the right path beyond the athletic field, teaching them to be leaders in sports, the community and life. Through a self-inspired curriculum, Murphy covers topics that range from the risks of drugs and alcohol, how to handle disappointment, navigating social media, making right decisions and discovering individual purpose.

It was many of these sort of pitfalls Murphy avoided growing up in Jacksonville, Fla., that allowed him to pursue his dream of becoming a professional football player. Combined with the inspiration derived from his parents as well as his pastor, Murphy found his calling in helping push others to reach for their dreams.

Murphy played professionally for eight years, serving primarily as a kick return specialist for the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans in the NFL as well as the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League. The former Kansas State All-American still holds three school records in the 40-yard dash (4.22 seconds), 42-inch vertical jump and 300-yard shuttle. He was inducted in to the National Junior College Hall of Fame in 2008 after playing two years of junior college ball with Itwamba Community College and Garden City Community College before transferring to Kansas State.

You can support your favorite nominee in this campaign by favoriting, donating, tweeting and joining his/her team with a chance to be recognized as one of his/her top supporters.  Starting Friday, June 9, you can also come back daily to “Boost” your favorite daily.  Fans receive points for joining a team, donating, tweeting, boosting or responding to “ do-gooder challenges”.

The direct link to Frank’s page is

About the award: Started in 2013 by Alan Pavlosky and Scott Manthorne, Co-Founders of All Sports United, the Most Valuable Philanthropist seeks to recognize the effort of deserving sports philanthropists each year and bring positive news while highlighting the amazing charitable work of many in the sports community.  The winner of the award will receive $10,000 to his or her charity of choice.  The campaign is supported by technology partners Givkwik and xocial.  Each of the partners plays a crucial role in executing the campaign.  Special Thanks to All Sports United Supporter Jeff Tutor for his contributions to the campaign.

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