Most people know Kenyan Drake as a running back for the Miami Dolphins. Selected in the 2016 NFL Draft from the University of Alabama, Drake continues to prove himself as a vital component of the Dolphin’s offense.
However, Drake’s excellence extends far beyond his accomplishments as a professional athlete. While most media outlets focus on his performance and statistics on the field, his contributions outside the game deserve just as much attention.
When Drake moved to Miami in 2016, he intentionally chose a home located near a Boys & Girls Club. With a deep appreciation for his own childhood experiences at his club in Atlanta, Drake was eager to pay it forward. Over the past few years on his days off, Drake has made frequent visits to the Boys & Girls Club in Broward County, Fla., to mentor kids in the program.
Also, last year Drake participated in the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative to raise awareness for the Boys & Girls Club. Additionally, he has hosted events and field trips for the kids, including an excursion to Miami’s Jungle Island Theme Park and a December 2017 holiday dinner party for 125 kids which earned him the Week 16 NFLPA Community MVP award.
The NFL Players Association grants the Community MVP award every week during the regular season to players who are making a positive impact in their communities. Upon receiving the award, Drake shared a bigger philanthropic vision: “I appreciate the recognition, and I just want to be a positive influence for the kids that attend Boys & Girls Clubs -- not just in South Florida, but all across the country.”
Beyond his work with the Boys & Girls Club, Drake has supported a laundry list of other charitable efforts too, such as the Dolphins Cancer Challenge Celebrity Golf Tournament and Smile Train, an international charity that provides free cleft surgery to children in developing countries.
Drake has seized the opportunity to use his influence to inspire positive change in the world. While he doesn’t seek out praise or accolades for his charitable work, we believe his efforts should be celebrated and highlighted as a model for other professional athletes and influencers around the world!