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Founded in 1995 by 17 year NFL veteran Ricky Proehl and his wife Kelly Proehl, The P.O.W.E.R. of Play Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance to at-risk children in the Triad and throughout North Carolina. We serve these children through scholarships, programming, sports leagues, after school & summer care, Christmas gifts, etc. We believe every child deserves to grow and develop in a safe and loving environment, whether that means spending time at Proehlific Park or with another non-profit in North Carolina who shares the same mission for children.

Please watch the video below to hear some of the stories of children who have been served by The P.O.W.E.R. of Play through generous donations. We invite you to partner with us by praying for these children and volunteering your time and/or monetary donations. If you have questions, please contact Natasha Hilburn. Together, we are making a difference in the Triad area and all of North Carolina! Thank you for your support!

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Why We Do What We Do:
  • 77% of American Youth are left home alone every afternoon
    Source: US Census Bureau
  • Most juvenile offenses occur around 3pm on weekdays
    Source: NC Dept. of Juvenile Justice
  • The average cost per family for their children to participate in extracurricular activities is $2,000 per year
    Source: NBC News
  • There are over 510,000 children in the foster care system. The average amount of time a child spends in care is 28 months, and the average number of different placements a child receives is 3.
    Source: AFCARS
  • 13.87% of children in the U.S. have some sort of developmental disability (including ADHD and autism)
    Source: CDC
  • The prevalence of developmental disabilities has increased 17.1% in the last decade (equivalent to 1.8 million children)
    Source: CDC
National Studies Have Shown That Mentored Students Are:
  • 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs
  • 27% less likely to start using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • They also increase their grades by 59% and perhaps most important, mentored students increase their aspirations and goals by 79%

“I know Eric is safe and loved when he is there (Proehlific Park).”

“I know that you offer him a place and time to be a ‘normal’ kid without having to hold the burdens of his chaotic world on his shoulders. Eric’s grades have significantly improved — he is more confident than he was 2 months ago and is making new friends. For 8-10 hours a week he is able to be a kid shooting hoops with no cares. Eric is smiling.”

– Beth*, Guardian AD LITEM, Guilford County

Additionally, 40% of all donations to the P.O.W.E.R. of Play go to help other children’s charities in the Triad. The ones listed below are just a few of our charity partners.


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