Tracey Holmes, United Way’s Director of the National Football League & United Way Partnership, is at the helm of the longest running collaboration in history between a major sports league and a nonprofit organization. United Way’s relationship with the NFL is associated with the iconic public service ads that began airing during NFL games in the early 1970s. Under Tracey’s guidance, the partnership has continued to evolve and tackle some of the challenges faced by young people today including childhood obesity, barriers to graduation and bullying.
The partnership’s latest innovation is Character PlaybookTM, a digital curriculum for middle school students focused on positive character development and building healthy relationships. The program has been recognized with two national awards acknowledging its positive impact on youth throughout the country. Other NFL-related programs that Tracey has led for United Way include: Hometown Huddle, NFL Man of the Year Award, NFL Play 60, United Way TEAM NFL Million Mentor Goal, Kickoff Community Builds and Back to Football Friday.
Tracey has spent the entire span of her career in service to United Way. Respected for her vision, strategy and grace, Tracey is our expert on leveraging love of sport with commitment to community.
Throughout the year, football players in partnership with local United Ways from all around the United States have done some amazing things and have lived their mission. That mission is to cut the number of high school dropouts in the United States by 50%.
In Seattle's Century Link Stadium, the number 12 is retired. The number 12 is sewn into the collar of every player's jersey. It's built into the team's core mission. And at every Seahawks game, a flag rises in honor of number 12.
Never Say Never is a good mantra for winning on the field of play. It’s even better when that perseverance and determination results in more successful kids. GMC, the official vehicle of the National Football League, is teaming up with United Way to help drive down the dropout rate.
It appears Dallas Cowboy fans gave their team some mojo last night in their 24-17 victory over the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants—a victory they’d not seen since November 2010. Going into this game, Cowboy fans had a sizeable lead over other NFL teams on the leader board at nfl.com/backtofootball. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not.