History / Impact
In 2007 Welker established the 83 Foundation (after his uniform number in San Diego, Miami, New England and Denver). The foundation, renamed the Wes Welker Foundation in December 2009, states its mission is “to influence at-risk youth, by encouraging their full potential through athletics and positive role models.” Its work primarily benefits schools and other organizations in Welker’s hometown of Oklahoma City. Since it's inception, the Wes Welker Foundation has awarded more than $1,000,000 in grants to over 30 Oklahoma City schools and organizations. These grants have paid for weight rooms, equipment, uniforms and improvements to facilities and fields. The impact these grants have made is measurable, not just in the form of championships won, but also by the dramatic increases in the number of kids participating in sports at our grant-recipient schools and the number of student athletes who have gone on to play sports at the college level. For some students, sports keep them engaged in their school communities thus increasing their education and their graduation success rate.