Second Annual Miles Austin Family Foundation Helps Garfield, N.J. Boys & Girls Club
The Garfield, New Jersey Boys & Girls Club helped Miles Austin when he was a kid, so he is more than happy to give back to it any chance he can, through the Miles Austin Family Foundation, including with his second annual golf outing which took place in June.
“Garfield has given me so much not only me but my family. And they continue to give. The least my family and I can do is give back especially to the organization that helped my sister and I throughout this whole time,” Austin told Class Act Sports at the event.
Even the lousy weather couldn’t slow things down or dampen the mood.
“Miles has put together another fantastic outing. It’s a great showing, the weather has cleared up, we are having a great time and I am just excited to be here,” Cowboys punter Matt McBriar said.
Many of Austin’s current teammates made the trip from Dallas to New Jersey for the outing including wide receiver Dwayne Harris, who decided to order some pizza on the green.
“First time ever eating a New York-New Jersey pie. If it’s not good, I’m not coming back,” he said before adding, “That’s some good pie!”
Members of the Boys & Girls Club who have known Austin since his youth said he is nothing short of a great guy who gives back as much as he can.
“Miles has always been great. Whether its supporting a program, whether it’s supporting the Boys & Girls Club in town, he has always been one of the guys where if you know if you need something, he will give back to the community,” Chris Annibal of the Boys & Girls Club told Class Act Sports.
Austin was helped by the Boys & Girls Club when he was a kid, and it helped shape him into the person he is today. The money raised during the golf outing went straight to programs which help kids in the classroom as well as outside of the classroom.
“The donation that the Austin Family Foundation gives back to the club, it helps us to run after school programs, it helps us to run some of our athletic programs. So in addition to affecting kids on the field like Miles does, it also helps with homework help and it helps with a lot of the after school work,” Annibal said.
Austin’s dad, Miles Austin Jr. couldn’t be more proud of his son, who hasn’t let fame or fortune get to his head.
“Miles has been the best son that you could ask for. And just to be here and have him be part of such a class organization as the Dallas Cowboys and do something like this to help the community of Garfield where we grew up, it is humbling for us, and it is something we will always try to do to help other kids that were just like my son and my daughter as they were growing up,” Austin Jr. said to Class Act Sports.
Current Redskin and former Cowboys teammate Stephen Bowen said that some players can relate to what the kids are going through, and to have football players help them out and raise money for them is something that comes natural.
“A lot of the players, they came from poor households and they were where those kids were, so to give back, that is what we want to do. This is great what Miles is doing here and all the players come out to support it. I’ll be here every year,” he said.