MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Ervin Parker is a former NFL player and successful entrepreneur, but what he's most proud of is his work with kids.
Parker recently announced his Blueprint Leadership Academy is teaming up with the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand to help local teens.
"It's like a perfect fit when you connect with people that have the same type of goal that you have," Parker explained.
Parker grew up in nearby Georgetown county with an upbringing not unlike some teens at the boys and girls club. He made his way to the NFL, then found an even more successful life after football.
Since then, he's started working with teens, teaching them things like leadership, self-esteem, and accountability.
"He wants the kids to know that people care about them, and care about their decisions and how they turn out in life," said Wally Less, a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand.
"He's going to amaze the kids, he's going to inspire them, it's going to teach the kids that your dreams can come true, but you have to work for it," commented CPO Dione Buonto.
Buonto says what Parker will bring to the boys and girls club is more important than just writing a check.
His skills and experiences will make him a perfect mentor... and the club hopes he will even help teens pick a college or career. Plus they believe his knack for getting outside people involved could be invaluable.
"You look at the Myrtle Beach area, there's so many people in Myrtle Beach that want to help, but a lot of them don't know how to help," said Parker. "So what we're going to be doing is calling those people and meeting those people and letting people know that we need your help."