SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Football’s Nick Ford and BYU’s Lorenzo Fauatea put the rivalry aside to join forces to help the community.
The Ute and Cougar come together to serve foster families in the state of Utah.
âThe Utes and the Cougs are going purple! @ NickFord55 and @ZFauatea come together to support foster families in Utah. âUtah Foster Care tweeted. “#FosterCare It’s about community, and ours knows how to show off. Help make the Sunday dinner on December 12th possible.
“I just want to make good food for good people,” said Ford.
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Nick Ford’s efforts to help the community
Earlier this season, Ford and fellow Utah star Solomon Enis teamed up with Corner Canyon High School football and the Athletes Strong Foundation to offer Foster Care families a Sunday Dinner.
Athletes Strong was founded by former Utah LB Stevenson Sylvester who has former college and professional athletes working with current college athletes who also work with high school athletes.
According to a Utah Foster Care representative who spoke with KSL Sports, the idea started with Ford wanting to create a Sunday dinner, something he experienced as an adult.
“We wanted to start this here, there was nothing here,” said Ford. “Thought it was cool. I love to cook and there are many people in need and I love giving back to the community. I have a feeling that football is a platform to get into that position because when you play football there is nothing nice about it at all. When I come here, I have time to relax and give something back. “
Wide receiver Solomon Enis decided to spend his day off with Ford to give back to the Utah community.
“I have my soccer cap on Monday through Saturday,” said Enis. âSo when it’s the weekend or I have a day off, my soccer cap falls off. Events like this just show you what football can offer. I am grateful to be able to use my platform and grateful to be here. It’s important to show your face in the community. Especially as a soccer player, people think you’re a superhero, but I have a feeling that anyone can do it if you put your heart and soul in and work your way off. “
Corner Canyon Football is on the verge of breaking the state record for the longest winning streak in Utah history, but that hasn’t stopped coach Eric Kjar from involving his players and program in giving back to the community.
“Only these children who know that there are people who take care of them and love them,” said Kjar. âI think it’s a long way to go for these children. I think our children are touched to be able to serve them too. It’s great, it’s just a great offer. “
Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com, co-host of Faith, Family, and Soccer podcast with Clark Phillips III and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports.
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