DALLAS – Former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro center Travis Frederick is - amid a global epidemic that is thirsting for compassion and charity - poised to be the epitome of “bigger than sports.” And now that as of Thursday his retirement paperwork is complete ... away he goes!
Early in his seven-year NFL career, the 29-year-old started “The Blocking Hunger Foundation” to provide food for lower-income families in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. All year around, the foundation works to feed kids with “Travis’ Pantries” and “Nourish2Flourish” where children can pack food bags from fully stocked pantries.
Frederick's foundation has fed thousands of kids and Frederick has decided to up the ante to ease the financial burden many families are currently facing because of COVID-19.
“People are out of work, and more important children are out of school and they lost access to free meals,” Frederick said. “We have seen an increase in demand. It’s difficult because people have less money to help out. We are doing our best.”
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Frederick wants to feed 10,000 more kids. The foundation website estimates that it takes only $2 to feed a child for one day. In that respect, the foundation set a goal to raise $22,500 in 72 days (his football jersey number).
The Wisconsin native’s presence will be missed in the locker room and on the field. His decision to retire was about his quality of life, essentially. Now, he spends his time building upon his important foundation work, slimming down (from 320 to 285 so far) and building a home in Wisconsin. Frederick and his family plan to move there full-time and he is considering a career change to the tech industry.
If college football happens this year, Frederick will undoubtedly cheer on his Badgers. He also has full faith in the Cowboys and the offensive line. He’s excited to watch Dallas this season and hopes to provide some outside guidance.
“The team is set up extremely well. The front office did a great job of getting people in place,” he said. “On paper, it looks like a really, really solid team. They have a chance to go far.”
Physically in Dallas or not, Frederick is making a huge impact in this community ... and beyond.