Not all heroes wear capes! Dak’s personal experience has spurred him to use his platform as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys to be a fierce advocate for the causes that matter to him! He has proven time and again that his passion for helping others knows no bounds, consistently going above and beyond what’s asked or expected of him in the service of others.
Dress up for the cure! During every postgame news conference, Dak can be seen sporting his Dak Ties.
Dak Ties are part of a custom tie and accessory collection Dak created in partnership with Lombardo Custom Apparel. The full collection is available for purchase online, with a percentage of proceeds going to fight colon cancer.
Ho, ho, ho! Dak put the holly and jolly into the holiday season by teaming up with The Birthday Party Project to host a surprise Christmas party for the foster kids residing at Promise House in Dallas. Albertson’s provided Christmas dinner and even brought Santa and Mrs. Claus! Dak had everyone in the holiday spirit, serving up loads of fun and gifting Faith Fight Finish shirts, Beats headsets and Dallas Cowboys gear – reminding the youngsters to always dream big! It was a magical night and a very merry Christmas for all!
Promise House moves youth in crisis toward safety and success with programs providing the vital needs of teens, including emergency shelter, transitional living, pregnant and parenting teen services, individual, group and family counseling, street outreach and educational intervention.
The Birthday Party Project brings JOY to homeless children through the MAGIC of birthdays, hosting parties at homeless and transitional living facilities across the country each month.
It takes a community to fight cancer! Dak joined forces with “Modern Family” actor Eric Stonestreet and Tia Mowry as the faces of the Ready Raise Rise campaign – and raised a flag for his mom!
Ready Raise Rise is spreading the word about Immuno-Oncology (research into using the body’s own immune system to better target cancer) and bringing together everyone impacted by the disease to support the cancer community!
Go big or go home! Over the summer, Dak hosted not one, not two, but three youth ProCamps that saw over 3,000 young fans in attendance! “It’s necessary that I do these camps and give back, interact with these kids - try to give them life lessons as well as football lessons and get better in their community and in every way they can,” Dak shared.
Dak’s very first ProCamp was the LARGEST EVER, with 1,400 kids showing up on his old practice field at Mississippi State University. “When we started picking places for camps,” says Dak, “It was a no brainer to come back home and it’s been a great turnout.”
The second pro camp of the summer saw Dak return to his high school alma mater, Houghton High, to greet 700 campers in the place where it all began. “Today shows the love I have for this town and they have for me,” Dak said of the trip to his hometown. “This gives me the opportunity to showcase what I’m trying to do -- give back to the kids and change their lives.”
Dak’s final stop was at Lake Dallas High School in Corinth, Texas.
Go, Fight, Win! At KIPP:LA Brentwood School’s NFL Fantasy Pro Football Camp in July, more than 100 middle school students had the opportunity to meet and perform drills with their favorite NFL players like Dak during the week-long event before participating in a scrimmage tournament with the other campers.
KIPP:LA is a nonprofit organization that operates free, open-enrollment, public charter schools focused on preparing students in under-resourced communities in Los Angeles for success in school, college, and life.
When it comes to cancer, offense is the best defense! The NFL, its clubs, players, the NFL Players Association, and the American Cancer Society are committed to the fight against cancer.
Crucial Catch expands the impact of the NFL's work around breast cancer to address multiple types of cancer through early detection and risk reduction. Money raised will be directed towards grants providing education, outreach and low-cost screenings for detectable cancers in underserved areas near NFL cities – the kind of screenings that may have helped Dak’s mom catch the colon cancer earlier, which may have led to a better prognosis.
Kicks for a cause! For the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign, Dak wore custom navy cleats printed with “Mom” and a colon cancer awareness ribbon, which were auctioned off to raise more than $4,000 for cancer research.
Dak had the chance to make a young fan’s dream come true when he and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys spent a day with 9-year-old Raymond Melgarejo, who had a tumor in his head removed and has been receiving chemotherapy for the past year. Melgarejo shared his fighting spirit with Dak and the rest of the team during a fun day that included a news conference, practice with the team, one-on-one training time with Dak and even a helicopter with the Cowboys’ owner, Jerry Jones! It was the experience of a lifetime for the young Cowboys fan determined to heal and return to the football field in high school!
When duty calls, the Cowboys answer! The Dallas Cowboys are a driving force in their local community and the team can often be found lending a helping hand to those in need. Whether they’re serving meals or making house calls with gifts and groceries, one thing they’re always sure to deliver is smiles!
The Cowboys brought joy to those in need this holiday season by delivering gifts to local hospitals around the Dallas Fort Worth area.
Dak and his teammates played Santa to deliver holiday surprises from Albertsons to local residents.
The Cowboys joined forces with the Salvation Army to serve Thanksgiving meals to the community. In the 21 years the franchise has been affiliated with the Salvation Army, they’ve helped raised more than $2.4 billion.
The Cowboys once again teamed with the Salvation Army in order to assist those in need from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.