Posted: 11:32 am Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
Anquan Boldin continued to give back to his hometown last week.
The former Pahokee football standout returned to Palm Beach County to award Pahokee High’s Edgar Mendoza, Glades Central’s Daron Ingram and John I. Leonard’s Ricardo Canelo with scholarships of $10,000 through his Q81 Foundation, which benefits underprivileged youths. The fourth scholarship will be awarded to Celene Bolanos from Aragon High School in California.
“We have been blessed with the opportunity to award these scholarships through acquiring the Byron “Whizzer” White Award from the NFL Players Association,” said Boldin, who recently signed a two-year contract to stay with the San Francisco 49ers. “The needs for supporting higher education are so very great. It is our goal to help fulfill the need by distributing these annual gifts to deserving high school graduates.”
Each of the students demonstrated financial need, academic excellence and leadership qualities. The four scholarship recipients will be entering college in the fall academic semester and their scholarship will be made available to their chosen colleges.
In April, Boldin returned to Pahokee for his 10th annual Q-Fest to raise money for his Q81 Foundation, which included a celebrity basketball game and a a “day in the park” at Pahokee High’s Anquan Boldin Stadium.
“Coming back to Pahokee never gets old,” Boldin said at the annual event. “This is home for me. This is where it all started. There’s a lot of love when I come back home and I always enjoy it.”
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.