NFL EAGLES QUARTERBACK CARSON WENTZ
In Episode 56, Carson Wentz talks about dealing with his knee injury,
supporting his teammates and his mission work in Haiti. The guys discuss
being happy for the success of others in the NFL.
Episode 33: Replays of our interviews with Carson Wentz,
Adam Wainwright, Curtis Granderson and Pastor Levi Lusko.
Episode 22: 'Live in the World, Not of It'
Although he's an NFL quarterback, Carson Wentz lives out what is really most important to him. Wentz joins the guys to share why Jesus is No. 1 in his life.
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Originally selected by the Eagles with the 2nd-overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, Carson Wentz played a crucial role in Philadelphia’s Super Bowl LII - winning season, leading the team to an 11-2 record in games that he started and throwing a franchise-record 33 TDs. Wentz earned All-Pro honors from the Associated Press and was named to his first-career Pro Bowl.
CARSON WENTZ AO1 FOUNDATION
Last summer, Wentz launched the Carson Wentz AO1 Foundation, which is a nonprofit whose mission is to “uplift individuals and communities around the world by demonstrating God’s love for His people.” In June 2018, Wentz hosted the inaugural AO1 Foundation Softball Game at Citizens Bank Park, which featured a home run derby and game played by his teammates. The event sold 25,000 tickets and raised more than $800,000. Also that evening, Wentz announced the launch of Thy Kingdom Crumb, a food truck service that will freely distribute quality food to people in need throughout the Philadelphia area. The AO1 Foundation has partnered with Mission of Hope to build a youth multi-sports complex and education center in Haiti, which is now in its second phase of construction. In May 2018, Wentz raised $260,000 during a two-week fundraising campaign for the complex and personally matched that total, resulting in a $520,000 pledge through his foundation. Wentz also established Camp Conquerers, which is a youth camp created to provide outdoor opportunities to individuals with physical challenges and life-threatening illnesses.
THE DUTCH DESTROYER
In May 2017, Wentz befriended a boy named Lukas Kusters, who earned the nickname “Dutch Destroyer” for his fearless spirit on the football field. Lukas, who was diagnosed with a tumor in his abdomen when he was 8 years old, had received an inspirational video message from Wentz and his only wish was to thank his favorite player for the gesture. The Eagles invited Lukas’ family to the NovaCare Complex and what was supposed to be a short visit turned into hours. As part of his thank you, Lukas gave Wentz a wristband that says, “Dutch Destroyer,” and Wentz has worn it every day since. Less than two weeks after his visit, Lukas passed away at 10 years old and was buried in Wentz’s jersey. Wentz wears his “Dutch Destroyer” wristband every game because Lukas’ dream was to play for the Eagles, and with Wentz he can be on an NFL field every Sunday. Wentz, who regularly keeps in touch with Lukas’ family, helped share Lukas’ story with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, and weeks after the interview aired, the family raised nearly $200,000 through wristband purchases that went towards charities that aid families fighting childhood cancer. “It’s so much deeper than football is what it comes down to. It’s so much more than just a game.”
MISSION OF HOPE
During the offseason, Wentz travels to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with Mission of Hope, a Christian organization that seeks transformative change for the people of Haiti. During each mission trip, Wentz embraces the culture while sharing his faith, playing with kids and helping paint homes in the community. “It was very eye-opening to see how much need there really is, and how they’re lacking so many things materialistically. But emotionally and mentally, it was one of the most joyful communities. I think the biggest thing I learned about myself was life isn’t all about stuff. Going there and seeing it gave me an entirely different perspective just because they don’t have much at all.”
(Courtesy Philadelphia Eagles)
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