Among the goals of the Heisman Trophy Trust is to contribute to the well-being and development of amateur athletes as well as the underserved population in the United States. To that end, the Trust supports over 300 charitable organizations.
One of those charities is Desire Street Ministries, led by the 1996 Heisman Trophy winner out of Florida, Danny Weurffel.
Desire Street works to restored impoverished urban neighborhoods into flourishing, healthy communities by bolstering the leaders in those neighborhoods. Those leaders, who are often urban minsters, face off daily against the scourge of concentrated poverty, failing schools, unsafe streets, deteriorated housing, high unemployment and inadequate health care. Desire Street and its partner ministries work hand-in-hand with these leaders toward the goal of revitalizing urban communities across America.
Wuerffel began working with Desire Street back in the late 1990s, when he was playing with the New Orleans Saints. Years later, he and Desire Street are still going strong.
The video above highlights Wuerffel’s involvement in this effort:
Also, here is a closer look at the ministry’s work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina:
Desire Street puts on a variety of events during the year. Among them is the Desire Cup, a charity golf tournament and auction which revolves around the annual Florida – Georgia rivalry game. This year’s event including appearances by past greats from Florida and Georgia, including Wilber Marshall, Lindsay Scott, Shane Matthews and Musa Smith. Former NFL head coaching legend Mike Ditka was the special surprise guest.
Coming up next: The Heisman Cup in New York City on Dec. 12 – 15.
For more information on how to get involved with Desire Street Ministries, click here or go to DesireStreet.org.