The press is still buzzing on the heels of Von Miller’s new contract with the Denver Broncos. The announcement came last Friday when he agreed to terms on a record-breaking deal that would take Miller through the 2021 season.
The veteran linebacker and the Broncos agreed to a six-year, $114.5 million deal that includes a $70 million guarantee, making Miller the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.
Miller, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, tweeted a photo of himself in a Broncos jersey Friday.
The expectations for Miller on the field in 2016 will be almost as big as his pay-out, but in terms of hard work, Miller’s toil does not end when he steps off the turf in the Mile High stadium.
As the saying goes, “Get you a man who can do both. “ And while Miller might be cashing big checks, let’s not forget that he writes them, too.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1688594-mhh-premium-how-you-can-s... Many know the rambunctious linebacker for his bigger-than-life personality both on and off the field but here’s more that meets the eye when it comes to Vonnie B'Vsean Miller, Jr. And while all eyes were on his contract negotiations this summer, Von had another vision.
Von’s Vision provides low-income Denver children with the eye care and corrective eye-wear needed for them achieve their brightest future possible. Von’s goal is to help these children by giving them the resources they need to be the best in the classroom and in life.
According to their website, Von’s Vision raises funds to be able to host Von’s Vision Day—a two-part event where the foundation partners with national and regional eye-wear retailers to provide a city-wide vision day for low-income Denver children.
On the first day, each child receives a variety of free services including screenings, eye exams and fittings for corrective eye-wear. After the prescription glasses are prepared and cut, the children are then invited to attend a “Reveal Party” hosted by Von where they receive their glasses personally delivered by the man himself.
"I see myself in these kids," Miller said. "It's something that's been near and dear to my heart. I've been wearing glasses my entire life, since second grade. I can relate to these kids. When I started my foundation, I wanted something that I can relate to and it took a year and thought about it and here we are now with Von's Vision."
Since it’s inception in 2012, Miller’s foundation, much like his popularity, has taken off rapidly. What started as a pet project for Miller has turned into a reputable foundation that provides over 300 children from the Denver community with resources they need to succeed in school and in life.
"Never in a million years did I see it growing to the way it is today. I just had the vision of helping a few kids; one or two kids would have been all right with me. So, for it to have grown to what it is today is truly a blessing."
A major part of the foundation's success comes from the funds they are able to raise through community-involved charity events.
One such event recently became one of the biggest Von’s Vision fundraisers to date.
On June 22nd, Miller, and presenting sponsor BarkTHINS, welcomed 45 racers to K1 speed for his Second Annual Celebrity Go-Kart Grand Prix for Von’s Vision. As part of the event, Miller, and his fellow Broncos teammates, traded in their football cleats for the racetrack in hopes of raising funds.
Each driver at the event had the opportunity to race head-to-head against Von and other NFL players and celebrities for a shot at winning the coveted Celebrity Grand Prix title.
Joining in on the friendly competition were Bradley Roby (Broncos), Tony Jerod-Eddie (49ers), Cyrus Gray (Broncos), Brandon McManus (Broncos), Earl Thomas III (Seahawks), Darius Kilgo (Broncos), Kenny Anunike (Broncos), Juwan Thompson (Broncos), J.J. Lane (Bachelorette Season 11).
While last year’s event, the first annual Celebrity Go-Kart Grand Prix, raised roughly $40,000 for Von’s Vision, Miller himself could not have expected the success year two would bring in.
Raising over $70,000, almost double the amount from their first race, the Second Annual Go-Kart Grand Prix will definitely play a huge role in changing the lives of what is sure to be a record number of children at next year’s 4th Annual Von’s Vision Day.
"Von's Vision is my mission to get glasses and frames to low-income children in Denver and helping with success in the classroom," Miller said. "$20 will get one kid a pair of frames…whatever money we do get we'll be able to do a lot of great things. We're very, very blessed to be in the situation we are in with Von's Vision and it's been great.”
Much like his contract deal, it is very clear that Von’s Vision has potential to generate some record-breaking opportunities in the Denver Community that will impact these children “For Life”.
Jeannae Elyse Bierstedt is a Columnist for Mile High Huddle. You can find her on Twitter @JeannaeElyse.
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