THE POLLACK FAMILY FOUNDATION WILL PARTNER WITH TWO ATLANTA-BASED CHARITIES: STRONG4LIFE AND C.H.O.I.C.E.S.
Atlanta, GA (February 17, 2016) – Former NFL player, University of Georgia Alum and current ESPN college football analyst David Pollack along with his wife, Lindsey, officially announced today the launch of the Pollack Family Foundation. David and Lindsey created the Pollack Family Foundation on three pillars, “Whole. Life. Health.” with the mission towards raising awareness against childhood obesity. The first pillar, “Whole”, is meant to represent each person through complete physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health. The second pillar, “Life”, represents a sense of vibrancy and energy in each person by not only emphasizing diet and exercise but also of “life-giving” through faith. The last pillar, “Health”, represents creating a lifestyle of excellent nutrition by taking care of our bodies and viewing them as a gift from above.
The Pollack Family Foundation is also officially partnering with two well known Atlanta-based charities: the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life movement and C.H.O.I.C.E.S. known for their work on fighting childhood obesity.
“We are excited about the launch of our new foundation and can’t wait to share our message of “Whole. Life. Health.” with everyone around the southeast in order to combat childhood obesity among other initiatives,” said David Pollack. “Lindsey and I are very passionate about this cause and we know through our partners, Strong4Life and C.H.O.I.C.E.S. that we will be able to make a lasting difference.”
The Pollack Family Foundation is officially launching their website, pollackfamilyfoundation.com, today as well where you can find out more about the foundation, programs they provide along with their partners and see which upcoming fundraising events you can be a part of around the southeast. We also encourage you to find and follow the Pollack Family Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
“Partnering with the Pollack Family Foundation will help Children’s continue its important work to impact Georgia families through our Strong4Life programming including training physicians, school cafeteria managers and arming parents with the daily facts, tips and resources they need to sustain healthy habits at home,” said Linda Matzigkeit, chief administrative officer at Children’s. “We are honored to be chosen as a beneficiary of The Pollack Family Foundation and we look forward to working with David and Lindsey on this critical issue facing Georgia’s children.”
“We are very excited to partner with the Pollack Family Foundation alongside Strong4Life in order to fight childhood obesity in Atlanta,” said Hillary S. Dunson, C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Board Chair. “Together, we can expand all of our programs and services to reach significantly more children and their families.”
For more information on the Pollack Family Foundation, please visit pollackfamilyfoundation.com.
About The Pollack Family Foundation:
David and Lindsey Pollack along with their kids, Nicholas (7) and Leah (5), created the Pollack Family Foundation on three pillars “Whole. Life. Health.” with the mission towards raising awareness against childhood obesity. The first pillar, “Whole”, is meant to represent each person through complete physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health. The second pillar, “Life”, represents a sense of vibrancy and energy in each person by not only emphasizing diet and exercise but also of “life-giving” through faith. The last pillar, “Health”, represents creating a lifestyle of excellent nutrition by taking care of our bodies and viewing them as a gift from above. For more information, visit pollackfamilyfoundation.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
About David Pollack:
Former NFL player and University of Georgia standout David Pollack joined ESPN in June 2009 as a college football analyst. Currently, David is an analyst on ESPN College Football Primetime (Thursdays) and on College GameDay. Pollack started his broadcast career in 2008, doing studio work for CBS and hosting a sports radio talk show in Atlanta for 790 The Zone. Since joining ESPN, Pollack has contributed to a variety of programming as a college football analyst, including ESPN’s College GameDay starting in 2011, as well as College Football Live, SportsCenter and all ESPN Bowl and CFP National Championship Coverage. As a defensive end at the University of Georgia, he was just the second Bulldog to be named a three-time All-American (Hershel Walker). In the 2005 NFL Draft, David was taken 17th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals but his NFL career was cut short after he broke a cervical vertebra in a game versus the Cleveland Browns in 2006. The Bengals then announced Pollack’s retirement before the 2008 season. At Georgia, Pollack’s accolades included 2002 SEC Player of the Year honors, the 2003 and 2004 Ted Hendricks Award, and, all in 2004, the Chuck Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy and SEC Defensive Player of the Year. His 36 sacks for the Bulldogs remain a school record. Pollack, who was born in New Brunswick, NJ, and raised in Snellville, GA, now resides in Athens with his wife Lindsey and their kids, Nicholas (7) and Leah (5).
Strong4Life, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta movement to fight childhood obesity in Georgia, has impacted nearly one million kids since inception. We’ve trained nearly 3,000 healthcare providers and worked with more than 650 schools, educating school nurses, PE teachers, school cafeteria managers and students. Our two clinical intervention programs, Camp Strong4Life, and Strong4Life Clinic, saw 97 campers and more than 1,200 patient visits, respectively, in 2015. Our digital hub, Strong4Life.com, is full of tips and tricks for Georgia’s busy parents and has tracked more than two million visits since inception.
About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta:
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 870,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 27 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support since 1915, Children’s has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.
C.H.O.I.C.E.S. is a non-profit organization formed in 2002. The Center provides year round programs, summer camps and community health events with special attention to building healthier families. The mission of C.H.O.I.C.E.S. (Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully) is to be a resource center for the clinically diagnosed and at-risk children of obesity. In 2015, C.H.O.I.C.E.S. educated over 1,300 children and adults with its Cooking with CHOICES classes, Camp Divas series, Sisters in LITE program and Let’s Move! DeKalb Back to School Fitness Expo. Visit www.choicesforkids.org for more information.