Tavon Mason – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Tavon Mason – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

By Erik Erlendsson

Tavon Mason enjoyed a brief NFL career that has led to a longevity of giving back.

After two preseason stints with the New York Jets followed by a year in the Arena Football League, Mason stepped away from the game and in to his second career, launching the Tavon Mason Loves the Kids Foundation.

Though his foundation, Mason helps kids and families through community food drives, his annual character slipper drive tour, collecting slippers for newborns to 18-year-olds and delivering them to local hospitals, a summer reading tour, a Winter drive to collect coats, books, dinner and arts and crafts for the holidays as well as a Back to School drive to provide resources for parents and children.

Mason, who also serves as a part-time assistant football coach and works for the Baltimore County public school system, is also a published author, writing “Travon Does it All’’ telling the story of a star football player who does more than perform on the field.

A former standout with the University of Virginia football team, Mason was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent but despite playing in all eight preseason games over two seasons, never made the team out of training camp.

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 nominee.  Fans receive points for joining a team, donating, tweeting, boosting or responding to “ do-gooder challenges”.

The direct link to Tavon’s page is https://asu.givkwik.com/TavonMason

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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