You can take the man out of Louisa County, but you can’t take the love for Louisa County out of the man.
Former Louisa Lion and current New York Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn has started a non-profit organization to provide scholarships to Louisa County High School students.
The Kerry Wynn Why Not Me Foundation’s mission is to maximize students’ academic potential while building character.
The Bumpass native has played for the Giants since 2014 after graduating from the University of Richmond where he played for the Spiders. Since the 2010 LCHS grad became a professional football player, he has sought ways to give back. During the NFL’s offseason this year, he came up with the idea for the foundation.
“I was fortunate enough to receive a full scholarship [to go to college]…but I know that’s not always an option for students,” Wynn said. “I don’t want kids to feel like they’ve worked their butts off [in school] but can’t go to college for financial reasons.”
Wynn said he chose the name ‘Why Not Me’ for his foundation because he wanted to inspire youth in the community to ask that question.
“I want them to ask, ‘Why can’t I be the first in my family to go to college?’ for example,” he said.
Financial need will be one of the primary considerations in deciding who is awarded the scholarship, but that won’t be the only factor taken into account.
“I want to know about the kid,” Wynn said. “I want to know their story and find someone who’s shown great character, who their peers look up to.”
If all goes according to plan, Wynn hopes to award the first scholarship to a member of the Class of 2019.
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Dec. 6, 2018 issue.
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