New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and the Victor Cruz Foundation hosted a Father’s Day Football Exhibition and Skills Challenge on Saturday at Hackensack High School. The 29-year-old Paterson native invited families and their children (predominantly fathers, sons and daughters) to build special memories together while learning real NFL drills, participating in skill-building activities and a tournament.
“The way this one turned out, it has been great,” Cruz told NJ.com. “The more fathers, the more kids that come out, the more I can help create these opportunities and memories for their children and the better it will get. So I definitely kind of want to make this an annual thing.”
The special football camp brought in 115 adults and children. Victor teamed up with fellow Giants for the event. Running back Shane Vereen, linebacker J.T. Thomas, quarterback Ryan Nassib, safety Bennett Jackson and wide receivers Dwayne Harris and Tavarres King. Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor were all in attendance.
Fatherhood holds a special meaning to the fashion-forward NFL star. Victor and fiancée Elaina Watley are the proud parents of their 4-year-old daughter, Kennedy Cruz. Victor also lost his father to suicide in 2007 and has openly spoke out about the struggles he faced after his death.
Together, the athletes and families raised a whopping $90,000! The proceeds went to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs and Boys and Girls Clubs in the area.