Wearing aqua and orange is a dream come true for South Florida native Albert Wilson. After signing with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014 as a rookie free agent, Wilson joined the Miami Dolphins this past March. Since then, he has wasted no time giving back to the community where he spent six years in foster care as a youth.
On October 15, Wilson took 150 local foster kids and parents to see a private screening of the new movie “Instant Family” featuring a couple who suddenly find themselves parents to three siblings in foster care. Wilson’s movie outing is not a one-time deal though. Wilson’s efforts are part of his ongoing mission to support foster kids whose struggles he knows all too well.
In 2016, Wilson launched the Albert Wilson Foundation to organize and grow his efforts to provide services to foster youth seeking stable homes and families to care for them. He states, “You battle as a kid just to get by and then you’re in a position like mine, you just have to take advantage of it. It took me a while to be able to ask for help as a kid. I want these kids to be able to ask me for help.”
With both his parents in jail as a child, Wilson ended up in foster care. Despite maintaining positive relationships with his parents even while they were incarcerated and eventually living with two loving foster families, Wilson’s childhood was far from stable. Fortunately, he always had one constant — football. Wilson went on to graduate from Port St. Lucie High School with a football scholarship to Georgia State University. With the success he has now found in the NFL, Wilson is determined to use his platform to bring hope and opportunity to other foster kids.
In addition to the movie screening, Wilson hosted his third annual football camp in Port St. Lucie this past May. The camp is free of charge and gives registration preference to foster youth. Wilson’s foundation also collaborated on a book drive in April with Great Expressions Dental Care, ultimately donating 150 books to Devereux CBC, an organization that manages foster care systems in several South Florida counties.
Wilson’s outreach goes beyond foster youth too. Last month, he invited local students to a Dolphins game and pregame Football Unites Tailgate, an initiative that aims to strengthen relationships between youth, law enforcement and community leaders. Also, Wilson honored this year’s anniversary of 9/11 by visiting veterans at the Miami VA Healthcare System with teammate Kenny Stills. No matter where Wilson ends up after his 3-year contract expires with the Dolphins, it appears he has finally found a permanent home in South Florida.