Ryan Nece Foundation Heads to Michigan

The mission of the Ryan Nece Foundation is to be a beacon to teens by empowering them to impact giving in their communities. The foundation’s vision is to create opportunities for teens to embrace the Power of Giving through service projects, inspirational programs, and volunteerism.

To former NFL linebacker Ryan Nece, giving has always been a part of his daily life. Since he was a child, his family instilled in him the importance of thinking of others and giving what you can when you can in order to have a positive impact on those around you.

Upon joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002, Ryan participated in many community events and supported various charitable organizations on behalf of the team. Eventually, he formed the Ryan Nece Foundation in September 2006 as a way for Ryan to formalize his own charitable contributions to the community.

Through the years, the foundation has operated several different programs ranging from the Best Moms in the Bay Breakfast to backpack giveaways and a scholarship program for high school students based on their community service work. In 2012, the foundation refined its mission, vision, and focus to hone in on its goal of helping to shape and mentor the next generation of servant leaders. Currently, the Ryan Nece Foundation operates four programs annually:


Student Service Program

Through our flagship program, Bay Area high school students are engaged in a curriculum centered on principles of leadership and giving while they perform community service projects over a two- year period.



Mind & Body Clinic

This annual clinic teaches youth ages 12-18 about the important of nutrition, physical fitness, mental toughness, dedication, and self-discipline as they each relate to full body wellness.



Corporate Mind & Body Clinic

This annual clinic is modeled after the Mind & Body Clinic for Teens and strengthens skills the corporate professional needs to be successful: mental focus, teamwork, and effective communications.



Power of ThanksGiving Celebration

Annually, the foundation mobilizes 175 volunteers to feed approximately 1,000 individuals in one of the most disadvantaged areas of Hillsborough County.

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