A Will, There’s A Way
A Will Smith Foundation Founded 2007
Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way is a not-for-profit
organization founded by National Football League player Will
Smith. Focused on leading youth to achieving greatness, Where
There’s A Will, There’s A Way aims to motivate,
educate and provide opportunities for women and youth.
Having developed his athletic skills while attending T.R.
Proctor High School in Utica, New York, Will has been steadfast
in his efforts to serve the community whenever possible. Will
has remained active in his home community throughout his college
career at The Ohio State University and currently as he continues
to play in the NFL. As an All-American at The Ohio State University,
first pick by the New Orleans Saints in the 2004 NFL draft,
as well as Pro-Bowl Defensive End, Will has established a
network of friends both on and off of the football field.
Will’s desire is to give back to the community by taking
advantage of the benefits gained through the networks he has
In partnership, Will has teamed up with past coach/teacher
and close friend Jonathan Bryant, and local leader and educator
Emil Streeter. The three established Where There’s A
Will, There’s A Way in the spring of 2007. The first
mission on the organization’s agenda was to provide
an immediate service to high school athletes living in the
greater Utica area. Despite the difficulties involved with
overcoming the geographic obstacles associated with working
and living in different parts of the country, the three men
set out to organize a football camp/combine event to be hosted
at Proctor High School, Will’s alma mater.
Having been successful in bringing a service of value to
such a needy area, Where There’s A Will, There’s
A Way has committed to making the event annual and expanding
it to become the premier athletic event for the Mohawk Valley.
The organization has expanded its board to include new member
Paul Filetti, a former coach and friend of Will’s. With
the aggressive goals set by Will and his board, Paul’s
willingness to work at ensuring their successful achievements
couldn’t have come at a better time.
The future of Where There’s
A Will, There’s A Way is bright. With so many individuals
clearly focused on identifying and satisfying the needs of
athletes from the greater Utica and central New York area,
that brightness is certain to carry over and shine upon the
community this organization has allocated to benefit from
December 20, 2011
"The Smith Family Christmas Event" "In partnership with Kingsley House, Will and Racquel Smith hosted their annual holiday gift giveaway at the Saints Facility December 20th. Over 60 children received gifts, a holiday meal, a tour of the saints facility and a chance to win raffle items. This is the 4th year the Smiths have held this event. This event was made possible by the numerous volunteers and many sponsors that matched the Smith's personal donation including; Target, The Allstate Foundation, Acme Oyster House, Fore!Kids Foundation, Coldstone Creamery Riverbend, Wendy's Restaurant, NOLA Nails, Fantasy Nails, Zico Coconut Water, Mike Mckenzie's Foundation."
To see more pictures of the event CLICK HERE.
November 15, 2011
Will and Racquel recently supported
BridgeHouse/GraceHouse as the presenting sponsor of their
annual Celebrity Waiters event featuring NFL retired players
and New Orleans Saints. Funds raised from this event will
continue to support the mission of Bridgehouse/Gracehouse
to help rebuild lives of men and women with dignity, honor
and respect. For more information related to this organization
please click on the logo below.
"Giving Back in New Orleans"