Steven Breaston is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Breaston, a North Braddock native attended Woodland Hills High School and later went on to play college football at The University of Michigan. While Breaston’s professional accomplishments are always strong conversation starters, these days his focus is on his current passion, giving back to his community.
In 2008, Breaston founded The Steven Breaston Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on helping children succeed inside the classroom so that their success could be equally matched outside the classroom. Breaston’s foundation was conceived with one goal; provide kids in North Braddock and surrounding neighborhoods with a safe environment. An environment where they can learn the value of community, understand the importance of a strong academic foundation, and more importantly an environment where they can seize and realize their true potential.
In 2012 Breaston, along with fellow Woodland Hills Alumni Ryan Mundy launched The Breaston/Mundy Football Clinic. A free, day long football camp designed to teach kids the value of teamwork and sportsmanship, all the while maintaining an even stronger focus on community and academics. The Breaston/ Mundy Football Clinic has become a staple in the local community, kids turn out by the hundreds to partake in a full day of one on one interaction with their favorite mentors. The foundation’s reach however doesn’t rely solely on the efforts of the annual football clinic. Breaston recently put into effect a summer lunch program where kids from the local community can eat a free lunch while learning the value of a balanced diet as well as a daylong cheer camp to coincide with the football clinic.
These days you won’t find Breaston running plays, but you will find him on the side line calling them. Breaston is currently working with the wide receivers from his previous stomping grounds, Woodland Hills High School. Attend a Friday night game at the Wolvarena and you can hear onlookers recount their own personal experiences of having watched a younger Breaston run tirelessly up and down the field. Ask Breaston personally and he will tell you that helping these young men on the field has more to do with helping them off the field. “I was fortunate enough to play a game that I enjoyed. Beyond that, the most important thing I can do now is give back. Give back to the community that gave so much to me. I am a product of my environment. I’m proud of where I am from”. It’s the truest meaning of a homecoming.
Welcome to The Steven Breaston Foundation.