Ertz Family Foundation
Sealed with a kiss! The Eagles Wire photo of Zach and Julie Ertz celebrating after the 2018 Super Bowl, represents all that is exciting about sports, love and life in general. You just have to smile when you see this picture of the adorable power couple. Months later, the pair now has even more to celebrate with the launch of their new endeavor, Ertz Family Foundation. And, along with Eagles fans everywhere, I’m very excited about this announcement, as are those in the Bay Area who knew Zach growing up. Over the years, I’ve written about our hometown superstar, Zach Ertz, and his athletic achievements, from being drafted to the Philadelphia Eagles to catching the winning pass at the Super Bowl earlier this year, which was the last time I wrote about Zach. This man who excels on and off the field, has an incredible bond with his family and strong in his faith, can now add to the list of his accomplishments, with this philanthropic foundation. Zach, along with his equally athletic wife, Julie, who was named 2017 U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Player of the Year, have together launched the Ertz Family Foundation and they are excited to share their enthusiasm.
It was on a trip to Haiti this spring, when Zach and some Eagles teammates observed just how grateful the people were, for what little they had in Haiti’s poverty-stricken conditions. On the Family Foundation website, www.ertzfamilyfoundation.org, it explains how the experience was life-changing for him. “For Zach, the gratitude of the local community, even for things as simple as painting houses, was overwhelming. The experience he had during the faith-based mission moved him in ways he had never anticipated.” Zach also stated on the website, “People down there have nothing compared to us when it comes to material items, but they found so much joy in their community. It was powerful to me. I fell in love with the types of people I found there and their perspective on life.”
When Zach returned home from his incredible journey, he shared the amazing experience with Julie. They then decided to follow their hearts and made their dream come true, by launching the new foundation. While the pair dated in college, they had many discussions about how they could help improve the lives of those less fortunate and their desire to help others. It all came together, with the realization that the timing was just right for the couple to act on their dream. “This is something that we’ve talked about for years now and it’s exciting to be making that happen,” stated Julie. Zach adds, “As athletes, we have the platform to help people we’re involved with, whether that’s in the United States or around the world. We want to maximize that platform to do the most good and help the most people we can. And, ultimately, we want to show people the love we have for God and for them too,” he added in a statement on the website.
Julie and Zach Ertz are excited about the Ertz Family Foundation. Photo, courtesy of Britt Rene Photo.
Zach will be heading to his old stomping grounds in the Bay Area to share about the foundation at a launch event on the evening of Saturday, July 21. All funds raised will benefit the Bay Area, Philadelphia and the Mission of Hope in Haiti. One of the Ertz Family Foundation’s motto is to strive to empower others by sharing faith, learning through sports and advancing education to build supportive communities. It works to transform lives through faith, hope and love. Both Zach and Julie have experienced the power of mentorship in their lives and know how impactful that can be, which is why they hope to be an integral part of empowering others through their foundation. The Ertz Family Foundation is a project of Impact Philanthropy Group, a California nonprofit corporation with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under IRS Section 501(c)(3).
Zach looks forward to visiting the East Bay, where he grew up, and to host the fundraising event. To register to attend and for more information, go to eventbrite.com and type in Ertz Family Foundation Launch. Anyone can support Zach and Julie’s foundation by donating on the website above. Zach’s mom, Lisa Ertz, will also be there that evening, along with family and friends, to celebrate her son and daughter-in-law’s wonderful cause. And, needless to say, Lisa is very proud of their efforts and wrote her thoughts about the couple on Twitter recently. “In his ‘off-season’ and her ‘on-season,’ these two decided to share their love, for so much good! So proud of you, Zach and Julie, for who you are today and the work you will do for years to come. Thank you for making our world better,” said Lisa.
This sweet photo above of the happy and hard-working couple, is courtesy of Ertz Family Foundation. Julie Ertz stated to The Players’ Tribune, “We’re able to lean on one another for motivation. Anytime one of us is presented with a challenge, the other is always there for support.” Congratulations you two on the launch of your wonderful Ertz Family Foundation. Zach and Julie, keep up the hard work on and off the field! You two make a GREAT team!
Have a great week and let’s chat soon!
UPDATE: Congratulations to the Ertz Family Foundation! Thanks to generous donations, the launch was successful, raising well over $200,000. For more information on the foundation, go to, ertzfamilyfoundation.org.
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