Posts Tagged ‘Students’

Giving! Youth! Impact! Leadfoot Foundation’s 6th Annual Driving Excellence Charity Event


September 2nd, 2011 in News by

For the sixth consecutive year, The Leadfoot Foundation, Inc (501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization) will host the “Driving Excellence” charity event. “Driving Excellence” is the marquee event for the Leadfoot Foundation. During the event school supplies are collected then distributed to youth K-12th grade. “Our goal is to give back to the very community from which I came. After all, it takes a village to raise a child,” stated Brian Olatunji (Olatunji is Chairman and President of the Leadfoot Foundation, Inc). Detroit is prime territory to not only give back but focus on school supplies for youth. Although, Detroit has recently been well documented for trouble with public schools, the Leadfoot Foundation has been making an impact by providing back-to-school essentials for the past five years.

The Leadfoot Foundation enjoys strong partners with Pepsi and the U.S. Army; however it relies on the community to assist in their efforts. “The Driving Excellence charity event is the platform we use to ensure youth have the necessities to perform in the classroom. It is essential for everyone in a position to give, to bring $10 or more in unopened school supplies to the event to assist those in need,” said an emphatic Olatunji.

This year’s event will take place from noon until 5 pm on Saturday, September 17th at the Lighthouse on Belle Isle Park.

The Leadfoot Foundation has assembled a team of volunteers who are enthusiastic about serving each and every young person with school supplies to begin their school year. Olatunji continued, “We have our sights on continuing to grow this event. Ultimately, we want this event to be known as THE SCHOOLS SUPPLIES DRIVE of the City of Detroit. I am adamant about giving back especially given I am a proud Detroiter and a product of Detroit Public Schools!”

In addition to the collection and distribution of school supplies there will be a live DJ, hot rods on display, exotic motorcycles, face painting as well as five new 2012 Chrysler vehicles. Gleaners Community Food Bank has also been gracious to provide snacks for the young people to enjoy. The event provides an opportunity for the community to interact with each other through activities such as a kids station while benefiting with essential back-to-school supplies.

For more details as well as a place to donate, please visit The Leadfoot Foundation’s website at: www.leadfootfoundation.org.

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Brian O’s Blog: Right Now


October 6th, 2010 in Blog by

It has been said that young people are our future, however I also like to believe they are our “right now.” Each time I get the opportunity to interact and speak with the next generation, I am encouraged and astounded by the things I learn. After all, my goal is to always encourage and offer perspective, while also gaining from their perspective as well. In the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to speak to a range of high school students around the Metro Detroit area about a diverse array of topics. Each school and student population is unique. The overwhelming consistency is that these students wanted to know how they could improve themselves as well as the world around them. I certainly enjoyed the dialogue and hope that in some small part that I made an impression and ultimately impacted their lives.

Editor’s Note: Brian has made 7 personal apperances for schools and charities so far this fall on behalf of the U.S. Army, Pepsi and his many other parnters.



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Brian Olatunji’s Charity Event Helps Those In Need


September 15th, 2010 in News by

For the fifth consecutive year, Brian O’s personal charity, the Leadfoot Foundation, reached out to inner-city Detroit area youth by providing back-to-school necessities. Despite poor weather conditions thousands of people turned out to benefit from the much needed school supplies provided by donations many concerned corporations and individuals in the community. This year’s event proved to be the most successful in the event’s history as more young students than ever before were provided for.

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HIGHLIGHTS

► 397 Students Fully Supplied Each with Dozens of Necessities

► 40 High School Students Entered Essay Contest (Prize: Laptop Computer)

► Approximately 5,000 Attendees (Despite Rain)

► 2,500 Hero Cards Given Away During Charity Event

► 10,000 Promotional Fliers Handed Out Before Event

► Live DJ, Food & Drinks, Children’s Activities

► Dodge Displayed Three 2011 Vehicles Off Showroom Floor

► Detroit Fire Department Displayed Fire Truck

► Dozens of Hot Rods, Race Cars & Motorcycles on Display

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Brian O’s Blog: Called Upon


July 6th, 2010 in Blog by

When called upon to enlighten the next generation I always feel an immediate responsibility to share and hopefully impart my life experiences to help make an impact. Over the off-season, I was asked to speak as a keynote speaker and presenter during two unique career days. Although this was not my first foray into speaking to students, about career options and life choices, I always feel a greater sense of need in the inner-city. Especially Detroit considering that it is my hometown. I was asked to speak at two Detroit schools, Denby Technical High School as the keynote speaker in addition to Cody High School as a presenter during their annual career day celebration. Given that I am a product of the same public school system, for my primary education, I understand the challenges, obstacles and pitfalls facing inner-city youth. Many people say Detroit is a dying place, however when engaged in a conversation with our next generation I am encouraged to know the bright minds yet to ascend on the world. Although I am tabbed as a “race car driver” during the sessions my focus is immediately on education. I impress upon them that I know firsthand that education is the cornerstone to pursuing ones dream and success beyond measure.

I met several interesting young people who expressed interest in fields ranging from the arts to law. Of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the occasional aspiring engineer! All of the students were fascinated about the many aspects of racing and some intriguing questions were thrown my way. In this game it is great to have quick reflexes and the same can be said about engaging in conversation with young people. Especially high school students! As always I encouraged them to think outside the box and explore the virtuous and endless possibilities this world has to offer. I am proud to have been asked to spend some time with the young people and hopefully our interaction will inspire them to reach for their dreams and accomplish the impossible.

Until next time… Live fast, drive hard!!!

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