ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 13: Tight end Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
It's no secret that Jason Witten and his wife Michelle spend a great deal of their time giving back. They established the Jason Witten SCORE Foundation in 2007, which, among other ends, aids families or individuals affected by domestic violence. The following year, they established SCOREKeepers, which places full-time, trained male mentors in women's shelters throughout the state.
The work done for SCORE, though, is only a small part of the couple's philanthropic efforts. Witten has established media centers in two Boys & Girls Clubs--one in Dallas, and one in his hometown of Elizabethton, Tennessee; Michelle works as an Emergency Room nurse at Parkland Hospital. Suffice it to say, in an age where athletes are most often in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, the Wittens stand out refreshingly.
As such, they will soon be recognized for their work.
Michelle and Jason Witten will be honored with the Pat Summerall Humble Beginnings Award at a luncheon at Union Station on April 20. The Award recognizes an individual in the sports community who has risen from a tough start to overcome personal obstacles and now serves as an inspiration to others.
Tickets to the event start at $100. All proceeds go to the Austin Street Centre, a Dallas organization that provides emergency care and shelter for the area's homeless.