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VESTED Voices | Pro Athletes Giving Back

When legendary athletes like Rod Brind'Amour, Ricky Proehl, and Thomas Davis speak, you want to pay attention. And you've never heard them more engaged, dedicated, and inspired than by the work they're doing to give back to their communities. 

Rod Brind'Amour (NHL Center, 1989-2010)

Twenty two years ago, Rod received a letter from a young girl from British Columbia with Cystic Fibrosis, named Kim Black. She appealed to Brind'Amour to help her start a golf tournament with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Campbell River Chapter to raise money for a cure. Today, Kim and Rod are good friends and the golf tournament brings in more than $2 million. 

To learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Campbell River Chapter, visit

Ricky Proehl (NFL Wide Receiver, 1990-2006)

Ricky Proehl and his wife Kelly have always felt the pull to give back. When you ask Ricky about it, you'll hear him talk about legacyknowing that you did something that mattered. His legacy is Proehlific Park, where he spends most of his free time tutoring, coaching, mentoring, and teaching kids the Park's core values of play, opportunity, work, excellence, and respect. 

To learn more about Proehlific Park, visit

Thomas Davis (NFL Linebacker, 2005-Present)

Growing up as a kid in Shellman, Georgia, Davis knew what it was like to want for more. It's what drove him and motivated him to play ball in college and, later, in the NFL. He believes with the right influences, kids who grew up like him can also be motivated to excel. This is why he developed the Defending Dreams Foundation and the Thomas Davis Leadership Academy. 

To learn more about the Defending Dreams Foundation and the Thomas Davis Leadership Academy, visit


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