Larry Darnell Fitzgerald, Jr. was born August 31st, 1983. He is an American football player for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). In his college years he played football for the University of Pittsburgh, and earned unanimous All-American honors. In 2013 he became the youngest NFL receiver to reach 11,000 career receiving yards, surpassing the previous record-holder, Randy Moss.
Engagement in Cultural Diplomacy
Humanitarian Causes and Philanthropic Donations
Fitzgerald founded a charity called [www.larryfitzgerald.com/helpingpeople/firstdownfund/ The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund], to help kids and their families by funding positive activities for kids during the summer and throughout the year, supporting kids and families in crisis and supporting health-related organizations that work with families. Each summer the Fund holds camps in Arizona and Minnesota with the fund donating to numerous causes. It donated, for example, 1,000 football helmets to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation’s youth football program. Fitzgerald also established the “Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund” in honor of his deceased mother who died of breast cancer. The Fund offers support to multiple causes such as educating urban youth about HIV/AIDS and breast cancer issues. He was a NFL spokesman during the league-wide breast cancer awareness imitative “A Crucial Catch”.
Fitzgerald went to Ethiopia with Anquan Boldin and Oxfam America. There he helped with various projects, including planting trees and working on an irrigation project.