VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Former NFL star and Virginia Tech graduate Aaron Rouse is giving back to the community with his organization's First Annual Back to School Supply Giveaway for the children of “Friendship Village.”
Rouse said the area of “Friendship Village” in Virginia Beach is where he grew up. He wanted to have an event there to bring police and the community together.
“Police are involved a lot in the community. I wanted to make sure I reached out to them to build a relationship between the police in the community and the kids in that community," said Rouse.
Rouse founded SMART2 (Smart Squared), an organization that promotes education and training one’s mind to be the best. SMART2 stands for Sound, Minded, Approach, Requires, Thinking, Training. Rouse said SMART2 is a constant, positive message to remind people to perceive, plan, pursue and make progress towards their goals.
“Throughout my time in the NFL and being a professional athlete you come across all walks of life. Mostly everyone I come across who is successful has a strong foundation in education. So I wanted to have an organization that is built on education. SMART2 wants to be that constant reminder," said Rouse.
Rouse is teaming up with Beach Tires, the Virginia Beach fire and police departments, Congressman Scott Taylor, Mayor Will Sessoms and several local organizations to give away 300 backpacks to kids.
The event will be Saturday, August 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Law Enforcement Training Academy located at 411 Integrity Way in Virginia Beach.