Philadelphia Eagles Star Nick Foles Donates Proceeds From New Book

The past two years have seen a great deal of charitable efforts from Philadelphia Eagles players. Chris Long donated his entire 2017 game payout to help hurricane victims. Quarterback Carson Wentz organized a charity game to address hunger in Philadelphia. And now Nick Foles, member of the Eagles’ offensive line that won Superbowl LII, is donating the entire proceeds of his book.

Foles’s book, “Believe it: My Journey of Success,” was released on June 26, 2018. A few days later, Amazon was ranking it as #25 in all book sales, and #1 in sports books and sports biographies. On a rapid-fire book tour throughout the east coast, Foles is expected to sign over 15,000 copies of his book for fans.

“I really enjoyed the process, you’re reliving every detail and I wanted to be honest. I wanted this book to be special. Some day Lily is going to read it,” said Foles about the writing process, which he shared with co-author Joshua Cooley. Lily is Foles’s daughter, age one.

Foles and his wife Tori will donate the entire proceeds of the book sales to an organization seeking treatments and a cure for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), a condition causing dangerously low blood pressure when a person rises from a prone position. Tori is a POTS patient, and the book includes a chapter on their struggle with the disorder.

In a media meeting before one of his book signings, Foles spoke about what he wanted people to take away from reading his book, which is that they are not alone with their struggles or failures, and all are an opportunity to grow.

“I hope I am always open to growing,” he said. Foles is returning to the Philly Eagles for the 2018 season, and is tentatively committed to them for 2019 as well.

Early reviews praise the book for its frank spirituality and Christian messages.


James Patterson Donates Funds to Increase Literacy

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In recent interviews, acclaimed author James Patterson has announced that he will be donating $1 million to independent bookstores throughout the next year. Patterson’s desire to support independent booksellers stems from his aspiration to increase nationwide literacy, with a particular focus on getting children excited about reading. Increasing childhood literacy is something that personally resonates with the author, who spent years trying to get his young son to enjoy reading, knowing that it would impact the quality of his life as he grew older.

This isn’t the first time Patterson has supported literature-based organizations by donating funds out of his own pocket, and it certainly won’t be the last. According to Melanie Grayce West for the Washington Post, the author “is serious about getting kids to read and he’s made it a cornerstone of his philanthropy.” Patterson, who can now add children’s literature to his list of mastered genres, is a book-centric activist who wants others to recognize that the importance of literacy rivals other pressing issues that face children today.

In addition to his promise of donating $1 million to independent bookstores around the country, Patterson hopes to spark an entire campaign that will promote literacy for children. Over the years, the author has been active in this cause by starting academic scholarships and donating millions of dollars to programs that promote education and reading. This year alone Patterson has awarded $1.5 million in scholarships to students earning teaching degrees, the Washington Post reports. He also regularly funds book stipends, and hosts essay competitions that have awarded aspiring teachers and students thousands of dollars. The author pays for all of these programs out-of-pocket.

“For a lot of kids in this country, if they don’t become competent readers, they are going to find it impossible to get through high school,” Patterson has said. Donating funds to independent bookshops is his newest strategy to support and promote nationwide literacy. It’s philanthropists like Patterson who are helping to better the lives of children, which for the author, stems from encouraging a love of reading.