Darrelle Revis Teaching Kids About Nutrition, Fighting Childhood Hunger

Former NFL, Pitt, Aliquippa star cornerback hosting Hunger & Health (H2) Fun Fest

Josh Rowntree
July 20, 2019 - 12:07 pm
Darrelle Revis at his Hunger & Health (H2) Fun Fest event in July 2010

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A year removed from the end of a Hall of Fame caliber career on NFL fields, Darrelle Revis is now looking to give back.

The former Pitt and Aliquippa star, who played cornerback for the Jets, Bucs, Patriots and Chiefs, hosted the Hunger & Health (H2) Fun Fest, in conjunction with the Darrelle Revis Foundation, Saturday at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Pittsburgh’s South Side. 

The program serves as a resource for families working to provide healthy lifestyles for their children due to economic hardships.

“Growing up I’ve been involved in a ton of programs, organizations that helped me out,’ Revis said. “After school programs, food programs, as well. I come from a single parent home and trying to grow up in the urban community has its challenges. Some of the after school programs that I was involved in helped me propel and be the guy that I am today.”

Revis earned nearly $125 million in his 11-year playing career, which included a Super Bowl title, seven Pro Bowl selections and four first-team All-Pro honors. 

“This is something that I have a passion for, I’m very aware of and something I want to keep on doing through my foundation,” he said.

“For my foundation it’s just to educate the kids as much as possible, but then tie in a little activity. We deal with a lot of childhood obesity in America, so this is something for kids to put down the video games, get outside and get active.”

Revis, who was a exceptional multi-sport athlete at Aliquippa High school, a hotbed for collegiate and NFL talent, teamed up with New Age Beverages and the University of Pittsburgh to host the event, which includes a day of boxing, flag football, fitness workshops, meal prep and youth empowerment motivation.

The goal of the event is to teach kids to make healthy lifestyle decisions, while also working to help feed those less fortunate. In all, his foundation expected over 400 children to be involved.

“I’m very grateful that I can reach back out to the University of Pittsburgh and that they can be a helping hand in trying to tackle this cause of childhood hunger.”

Members of the Pitt football team, as well as local coaching figures, and many more helped with the event.

Ultimately, Revis’ hope is not specifically for on-field football development, but to provide positivity to all children who are in need.

“This kind of event is just an educational component, for nutrition,” he said. “At the same time, you never know who will be the next (LeSean) “Shady” McCoy, the next Darrelle Revis or the next Aaron Donald. They’re probably out there. But we’re really trying to focus on the kids and give them all the resources we can.”

Hear all of what Darrelle Revis had to say below.