Zach and Julie Ertz's foundation raises more than $200K to share faith, aid students

A month after they announced the start of their foundation, Zach and Julie Ertz have already raised more than $200,000 for their mission of sharing faith, empowering students and building community.

The Ertz Family Foundation held its official kickoff in California on Saturday, and the foundation said it had nearly 200 guests in attendance. Among them were San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, who like Ertz graduated from Stanford University; Philadelphia Eagles-connected pastor Kyle Horner; and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Owusu.

The guests helped fuel the donations of more than $200,000, which will be distributed to promote educational causes in Philadelphia, Haiti and the Bay Area. So, too, did autographed silent-auction memorabilia courtesy of Ertz’s Eagles teammates Nick Foles and Carson Wentz, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, among others.

The Ertz family — headlined by Zach, the Eagles tight end, and Julie, who represents U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team — began its foundation with eyes on serving communities in the name of the Christian faith that’s famously driven so many of Ertz’s Eagles teammates, not to mention Wentz’s work to build a sports and shelter complex in Haiti. The pillars of their charity are centered on “spreading the importance of faith, love and compassion in improving the lives of people across the world.”

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