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WILMINGTON, NC (News Release) -- The second annual Great Friend to Kids Awards will be held Monday, April 22, at 8am at Shell Island Resort on Wrightsville Beach. It has just been announced that the leading award for Inspiration will be received in person by Vonta Leach, fullback for the Baltimore Ravens, and 2013 Superbowl Champion.

4 other awards will be given to individuals who have made an impact on children in Southeastern North Carolina. Winners for Curiosity, Innate Love of Learning, Imagination, and an Unsung Hero will be announced at the breakfast to the unsuspecting heroes who have made a difference in the lives of children in the area.

If you would like to join Vonta Leach for breakfast and hear him speak on behalf of our children contact the Children’s Museum of Wilmington at 910.254.3534 ext 106 or buy directly online at http://www.playwilmington.org/index/page/great-friend-to-kids-awards/. Tickets are 35$ per person or 250$ for a table of 8. All proceeds benefit early childhood education programs through the Children’s Museum.

“We are so excited to honor Vonta here,” says Kate Baynard one of the organizers of the event, “he is such a great role model. His passion for giving and making a difference in the lives of children in South Eastern North Carolina is admirable. He sets a wonderful example for both our adults who have already achieved, and our children who will.”

• Vonta Leach - More than just the #1 Fullback in the country:
From Rowland, NC, Leach always has time for his hometown and beyond. In 2007, he founded the Vonta Leach Foundation to create innovative programs that provide access to educational, recreational and healthy living initiatives designed to positively aid in the development of youth. Vonta is committed to creating opportunities and supporting programs that aid and empower youth with resources to set goals and to achieve them. Vonta believes that shaping and motivating young leaders today will help us maintain a positive and prosperous community. Vonta dedicates his off the field efforts to cultivating and motivating youth that aspire to broaden their experiences and knowledge. Leach was one of 26 players named to the 2010 USA Football/NFL Players Association All-Fundamentals Team. He was also a recipient of the President Volunteer Service Award, from former President George W. Bush. Vonta serves as a motivational speaker for youth and shares the necessary tools needed to change their mentality to overcome their circumstances. His message focuses on personal responsibility and self-transformation. As an established leader in the community, Vonta has committed his life to serve as the catalyst to motivate and empower youth to become productive and responsible citizens by realizing their potential and worth.

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