By: Elizabeth Nickerson
April 14, 2013
Tallahassee, FL--Ernie Sims, Linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys and FSU Alumnus, has been a fixture of the Big Bend community for years.
He's giving back through his Big HITS Foundation and starting his own Youth Football League. Sims is dedicated to the place where he grew up.
"I didn't have a lot of role models, you know besides my parents, a lot of former athletes come back to Tallahassee and impact kids and that's what I wanted to do, I wanted to give kids something to look up too," said Ernie Sims, Dallas Cowboys Linebacker.
It's a family affair--with mom and dad by his side. His mother Alice is the Executive Director of the foundation, which started six years ago.
"It's all about giving back to the community and what we want to do with the foundation is work with children, work with families, show them things as far as healthy eating and fitness," said Alice Sims, Executive Director, Big Hits Foundation. "Things that can make a person live a more healthy lifestyle."
The Sims joined forces with Maranatha Seventh-Day Adventist Church for the forth year in a row...to give health tips and fitness guides to the area.
"The body is the temple and so of course we want to promote that you take care of your body that you eat the right foods," said Leonard Newton, Pastor at the Maranatha Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
More than 2,000 people this year came to the event, and Ernie Sims says, that this is not work for him this just giving back to the community that gave to him.