ALEXANDRIA, VA. (January 17, 2011)— Today, National PTA Ambassador and 13-year National Football League veteran, Chris Draft, will lead several service projects in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. He was named an MLK Ambassador of Service for the second consecutive year by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
As a PTA Ambassador, Draft joined the millions of parents and families getting involved in their child’s education and school through PTA programs like Healthy Lifestyles Month and Take Your Family to School Week. He continues his involvement today as an MLK Ambassador by participating in a full day of activities with other national service leaders in celebration of the King Holiday.
Activities include participating in a discussion on community service with local and national leaders; attending an annual service at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church; and distributing food to homeless people and families. He is one of a few active NFL players contributing to this national effort.
“At a time when community service and parent involvement are important now more than ever, Chris Draft truly represents the promise of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. Through his passion and commitment to children and families sets a great example for other professional athletes,” said National PTA President Charles J. “Chuck” Saylors.
“We are proud of Chris Draft for his accomplishments throughout his National PTA Ambassadorship. We commend the National Service Agency for selecting such an exemplary individual like Chris, as well as the other individuals for their service that inspires and activates many more to help transform communities nationwide.”
As a National PTA Ambassador, Draft is the Honorary Chair of PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles Month (November) - a month when PTA’s plan creative events that promote healthy habits among students and families. Draft visits schools throughout the country to meet with families, talk directly with kids about the benefits of being physically active and eating healthy. He also works with community organizations to host “Draft Family Fitness Day” to aid in the fight against health issues confronting youth and their families.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that leads the service initiative, tapped key individuals across various sectors to promote the MLK Day to a broad audience and encourage more Americans to do their part to help realize Dr. King's dream. Many Ambassadors will mark the King Holiday by volunteering in local service projects, while others will post Twitter and Facebook messages leading up to the day of service.
For more information about National PTA Ambassadorships, visit www.pta.org/ambassadors.
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
About the MLK Day of Service
January 17, 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. For more information, visit www.Serve.gov/MLKDay or http://www.mlkday.gov.
The Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service each year through its core programs, Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information about the Corporation, visit NationalService.gov.