Our Mission

To facilitate the growth of today’s youth by providing them with the necessary tools to improve their overall development as young adults.

Our Founder

Wade Smith, NFL Veteran and Pro Bowler from Dallas, Texas, received his BA in Finance at the University of Memphis before being drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. In 2010, he joined the Houston Texans where he started 64 games. In 2011, he became the only offensive lineman in team history to score a touchdown after receiving a fumble in the end zone. Smith was voted to the NFL Pro Bowl AFC Team in 2012, and that year he established The Wade Smith FoundationTM. The foundation supports community youth programs in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and Greater Houston Areas and focuses on literacy and education. Smith feels strongly about giving back to the communities that helped him succeed.  He believes that the best way to do this is by encouraging kids to expand their minds by becoming avid readers and to also make obtaining a college degree a realistic goal in life. In addition to his philanthropic work, Smith is a business owner. He and his wife, Rita, have three daughters and resides in Houston.

Our Objectives

  • Childhood Literacy & Education through “Reading With the ProsTM” Literacy Events – RWTP promotes and supports childhood literacy and education through in-person celebrity book readings and classroom visits.
  • Annual Scholarship Program – “Smitty’s ScholarsTM” receive up to $20,000 annually for college bound seniors located in Dallas and Houston, Texas
  • Annual Youth Football & Cheer Clinics – Free coaching and interaction from current/former NFL players, college athletes and cheerleading coaches for children in the Houston and Dallas, TX area.
  • YMCA Make A Splash Partnership  – Make a Splash is a swim lesson outreach program provided at low-income apartment complexes.