You Know Tony Romo, Quarterback, But What About Tony Romo, Philanthropist?

Much to the dismay of Cowboys fans, Tony Romo has announced that he’s retiring his football career and entering the world of television broadcasting. But whatever Romo does, it won’t change who he is as a person.

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In late 2012, Tony Romo pledged to donate $1 million to Urban Alternative: Miracle Of The Million, an organization started by Dr. Tony Evans in Dallas. Miracle Of The Million is dedicated to equipping churches to partner with schools to mentor troubled kids. The goal is to help these kids change their life-path, stay in school, and graduate with a GED. The churches also provide family support services. These include everything from food, shelter, and clothing, to computer training, crisis pregnancy aid, counseling services, and other assistance. The organization’s goal is to impact 1 million youth lives and 1 million families by equipping 20 thousand church members by 2020.

In December, 2013, following a devastating loss to the Green Bay Packers, Romo and his teammates trekked to Children’s Medical Center in downtown Dallas. Romo, Jason Witten, Brandon Carr, and all the players wore their team jerseys and Santa hats to entertain the kids.

“Just to put things in perspective, some of these kids have cancer,” said Chris Durovich, Children’s Medical Center CEO and President. “Some of these kids have had multiple open-heart surgeries, or a liver transplant, or a small intestine transplant, or a bone marrow transplant. But no matter what, no child has been turned away at Children’s Medical Center for the last 100 years.”

In July, 2016, following the harrowing attack on Dallas Police Officers, Tony Romo and Jason Witten were among the athletes who donated items to raise money for fallen officer’s families. On Thursday, July 14, retired NYPD officer Joe Palladino hosted the event at Dos Jefes where all proceeds were donated to families affected by the fatal shooting. The auction included memorabilia signed by Romo and Witten and an opportunity to have dinner with the two Cowboys at Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse.

“My heart can’t shake the sadness that the Sterling and Castile families are enduring as well right now,” Romo tweeted of the fallen officers. “Horrible 72 hrs for America.”

In December of 2016, Romo and his teammates again visited kids at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, and Medical City Children’s Hospital.

“There is no question they do a lot for us,” Romo said of the kids. “Just the joy on their faces. That pure joy. I think we are pretty luck to be in a situation where we can come and make some kids smile. I have a couple of young boys and so when you see the kids here at the hospital it touches your heart. It puts everything in perspective about where we are in life and how lucky we are.”

While Romo did suffer an injury that held him back this past season, he says it did not influence his choice to retire. To read more about the latest on Tony Romo, check out www.DallasCowboys.com.

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