The Men’s Huddle International organization has worked for years to help humanitarian organizations serve those in need worldwide. Our partnerships now include The NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy, The All Pro Dad’s Organization, The Winning Circle, Hope Charitable Organization, Freedom Bible College and Seminary, International Fellowship of Chaplains, Operation Blessing, (a CBN Global Organization) and Beyond Expectations, Inc.
Case Study - Men's Huddle International and Menchville High School
Menchville High School is a public school located in Newport News, VA. It has about 1,500 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 70% of students are at least proficient in math and 86% in reading. This school is above the state average in key measures of college and career readiness. However, even at schools with strong college and career readiness, there may be students who are not getting the opportunities they need to succeed. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Menchville High is 47%. The total minority enrollment is 52%, and 34% of students are economically disadvantaged. (Sources: Greatschools.org & USnews.com).
MHI decided to work with Menchville High School's football team in order to help support students from families who are economically disadvantaged. Each Tuesday and Thursday after practice, MHI provides a meal. The purpose is to build relationships with positive male role models and to make a difference in the lives of the young players. All of the players are grateful and thankful for the food provided by Men’s Huddle International. Left-over food is being carried home by players to possibly feed siblings.
MHI also sponsored a trip of the team to William and Mary where the young men were impacted by the tour of the facilities, especially the Strength and Training Room which is ranked number 1 in the nation. Coach Loudon asked everyone to write 3 strengths and 3 weaknesses about themselves on a sheet of paper. He then told them to seek help from their team mates for weaknesses they possess. Another trip planned by MHI for the team was to the Redskins Training Camp so the young men may be motivated by older men who have advanced in the sport. This is changing the culture.
Case Study - Men's Huddle International and All Pro Dad
All-Pro Dad is a hands-on mentoring and character-building effort that takes place in our schools. Because many young men do not have the benefit of a good male role model in the house or a father figure in their life. All-Pro Dad intervenes with a simple and powerful agenda: Dads
starting the day with their child(ren) surrounded by like-minded families. Volunteer Dads visit schools on service days and participate in a planned breakfast where each child is accompanied by a male role model who takes time to eat, talk and share in meaningful ways.
All-Pro Dad was founded in 1997 by Coach Tony Dungy and Mark Merrill. The effort in Hampton Roads is led by Pastor Haywood Barnes and it
serves 18 schools throughout Newport News and Gloucester County. The first breakfast was at Abingdon Elementary School in Gloucester, Virginia under the direction of Ms. Parriott principal, twelve years ago. MHI has partnered with All Pro Dad, to extend the program to more schools throughout the region.