Matt Light works to give at-risk kids a better chance at leading healthy lives by using the great outdoors to learn and grow.
Matt Light is a true team player and champion. Drafted out of Purdue University by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft, he retired after 11 seasons with the team. During his career, he’s played in 9 division championships, three Pro-Bowls and has helped the team win five conference titles and three Super Bowl crowns.
The Light Foundation strives to instill and develop the values of responsibility, accountability and hard work by providing youth with unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in meeting, and exceeding all of their goals.
In 2009, the Light Foundation opened Camp Vohokase to host select group of teenaged boys from Ohio, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Indiana, Tennessee, and the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana. Campers enjoy a variety of outdoor experiences, including archery, fishing, hunting and other trail-based activities. They also take part in a career day, in community service projects like painting a homeless shelter or building a park fountain for the community; they visit nursing homes, and complete daily chores. The opportunities the Foundation has been able to provide these teens are life changing, and would not be possible without the support of donors and supporters.
Light received the New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award in 2005; and was presented the President's Volunteer Service Award for his outstanding work in the community by President George Bush in 2008.
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