Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez gave a keynote speech at this yean: Black & White Ball on April 18 to benefit neglected and abused kids who are going through the court system. This was the 30th anniversary of the event, and Sanchez gave a heartfelt talk about what it was like for him to grow up in Orange County and how vital it is to give back to the community that you come from. The quarterback emphasized that the people who are the most vulnerable in our cities are the ones that need the most support and that you have the power to change a life with just a little bit of effort. After the keynote speech, dinner was served and there was also a silent auction that successfully raised over $250,000 for the organization.
Sanchez comes from a highly disciplined athletic family and got his football career started when he played for USC from 2005-2009. He was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft and was sent off to play for the New York Jets for four seasons before heading east to join the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014. The three-time Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week winner is also a huge music fan and was invited to be a presenter at the 2010 Tony Awards where he got to introduce a song from the hit Broadway feature “Memphis”.
The Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball was a huge success and people were excited to hear from a current big player in the NFL about what his views on giving back to others are. Sanchez might be known for playing it tough on the field, but at the end of the night everyone who attended got to witness his softer side.
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