Justin Tuck is encouraging children to read, understand, suceed, and hope.
His philanthropic work has been recognized by numerous charitable organizations, both national and international. In 2013, he was honored by the Alabama State Senate for his dedication to improving the future for disadvantaged children. He and his wife, Lauran, also volunteer on the University of Notre Dame’s Performing Arts Advisory Council and serve on the Board of Directors for New Yorkers for Children and the LINK School in Newark, NJ. Tuck is a member of Ronnie Lott’s All Stars Helping Kids.
Inspired by their own educational experiences and aware of education’s equalizing role, in 2008 the Tucks developed Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy. The program has given more than 65,000 books to over 11,000 students from his hometown community in Alabama, as well as New York and New Jersey. Tuck is committed to his foundation’s impact, and hopes to use his platform to advocate for critical education issues facing low-income youth. He is heavily involved in strategic planning processes, programs, and events to ensure long-term success and impact. Tuck pursues his love of literacy on multiple fields, and authored his first children’s book “Home-Field Advantage” in September 2011. The book is based on his own childhood in Alabama, where he grew up with five older sisters who “bossed him around on occasion.”
The Tucks further their philanthropy through grants, and have given over $320,000 to high-impact literacy and financial literacy organizations, as well as relief efforts. His philanthropy has continued to grow, and he is constantly looking for ways to have a larger impact and to affect lasting change for the better.
Through the dual branches of literacy and financial literacy Justin and Lauran Tuck hope to help make college a reality for all children.
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