Super Bowl Linebacker's Non-Profit Provides Eye Care to Underprivileged Children
While Denver Broncos player Von Miller's performance on the field will be a huge topic of discussion during the Super Bowl, what we'd love to praise is the charity work he performs off the field.
In 2013, Miller founded Von's Vision, a non-profit organization that provides low-income children in the Denver area with eye care and corrective eye wear. The organization was created to address the fact that over 27,000 students in the Denver Public School systems are in need of some form of vision correction. Miller wanted to give these children the best chance possible to succeed in school. Imagine trying to learn if you're struggling to see the classroom board or to read your homework assignments.
Von's Visions serves students two ways: first, the organization partners with national and regional eye wear retailers on "Von's Vision Day" to provide each child with a free screening, and if needed, a free eye exam and corrective eye wear. Second, "Von's Vision - All Year Long," which was launched in 2015, helps provide free eye wear to more than 2,000 students year-round.
"[Getting glasses] could be a game-changer in the classroom," Miller said. "That could help propel their lives from here on out. It all starts young when you start getting those study habits."
No matter what happens on Sunday, Miller is a winner in our book.
To make a donation to Von's Visions, click here.