Our Mission & Vision
The vision of the Ryan Nece Foundation is to emPOWER teens to become leaders and impact giving in their communities. The foundation’s mission is to create opportunities for teens to embrace the Power of Giving through volunteerism and inspirational leadership programs.
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 to formalize his own charitable contributions to the community.
Through the years, the foundation 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 through the Student Service Program. Currently, the Ryan Nece Foundation operates these 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.
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.
The Ryan Nece Foundation
Be the change you want to see in the world
The challenge? Use it to have a positive effect on someone in need and ask them to pay it forward. The goal was to create a ripple effect that would provide evidence of the power of giving. Over the next few months, we received emails and letters from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana, and points in between. People had learned of the Power of Giving and were working to spread it in their own communities.
Since then, the “Power of Giving” has become the core belief of the Ryan Nece Foundation. All of our programs center on the idea that in order to create a more positive society, each individual must take advantage of the opportunities we have to do good by giving of our time, treasures, and talents. The smallest act of giving can have the largest impact in another’s life. That is the Power of Giving.