A part of the 2021 Campaign, we would like to raise funds for two foundations. One of the foundations is called WHOH (Whos House Our House). This foundation is located in the Detroit, MI area. It was founded by a former student of mine, and Culver Stockton College Criminal Justice Alum, Elijah Richardson. The purpose of this foundation is to use sports to bring together inner city youth and law enforcement. The other foundation I would like to showcase is Supporting Heroes.
On April 11, 2021, the students participating in the 2021 Fallen Officer Project, and myself, will participate in a 12 hour memorial walk. Each hour, we will recognize one of the fallen officers that is a part of the 2021Fallen Officer Project Campaign. We are proud to be in a partnership with Supporting Heroes. I am also very proud of Elijah`s effort, with the WHOH Foundation, to bridge the relationship between minority communities, and law enforcement, is a positive step forward.
The purpose of the Fallen Officer Project is to represent law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Our fundraising goal is $5,000. I hope at the end of this fundraiser, we have far exceeded this goal. I would appreciate your support for the families of first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well the on-going work of Elijah, and the WHOH foundation, in bringing together inner city youth and law enforcement.
Your participation in this initiative will positively affect two areas that are in much needed support in our country. Your donation will not only help Support Heroes continue assisting families of first responders who have died in the line of duty, it will also support a foundation in WHOH that is constantly building good relationships, through sports, between inner city youth and law enforcement.
The birth of WHOH comes from an east side boy who had a choice. One parent sold drugs while the other parent worked for Wayne County Sheriff Department. One parent was home consistently while the other parent was not. Elijah graduated from high school with a 1.9 GPA after attending three different high schools his freshman year alone. While in high school, Elijah and his family were evicted from their home because the landlord failed to pay the property tax and the water bill as promised. During high school Elijah witnessed his innocent mother become a victim of racial police brutality which resulted in her being incarcerated. Elijah and his siblings had to be removed from their home based off of false allegations. Elijah worked two jobs while in high school and was a two sport athlete. Elijah had a friend by the name of Chase who played football with him. Chase would go to football camps, but Elijah knew nothing about camps. One day Chase asked his father Dennis if Elijah could go to the football camps with him. Dennis wholeheartedly allowed Elijah to attend every camp Chase participated in, and Elijah was treated as Chase was. Elijah was then offered to play football at Itasca Community College in Grand rapids Minnesota where he majored in Criminal Justice. After Elijah increased his GPA, he earned the opportunity to get schooling paid for by a private Christian college called, Culver-Stockton College. After Elijah completed his degree with a 3.0 GPA he was then offered a graduate assistantship position at Western Illinois University. Elijah is currently obtaining his Master Degree in Law Enforcement Justice Administration with a 3.8 GPA. At WHOH we believe some kids may have endured a similar story to Elijah’s or even worse but that doesn't mean that they don't deserve an opportunity to be great. Elijah has been studying Criminal Justice for years but still didn't know what he wanted to do. While in college, Elijah would spend some of his spare time volunteering at the La Grange Youth Center to empower and motivate the youth. Elijah also wanted to move back to Detroit so he could begin contributing to the change by helping to rebuild Detroit. Putting those three factors together is what birth WHOH Community Sports Complex Inc. Elijah developed a detailed plan to bridge the gap between law enforcement and community by utilizing community policing styles while supporting the youth through sports and education in the city of Detroit.