A NOTE FROM ROCKY MCINTOSH:
Thank you for your interest in A GRAN Foundation. On behalf of my family, [Gavin, Rocky, Alessia, and Natalie-GRAN and our newest Camila] let me just say that we are excited that you have made the decision to join us in empowering our youth with the tools for a successful future. Just by visiting our site today, you have become a member of our community and part of a team whose goal is to impact the lives of children around the globe.
I am blessed to have a career where I can provide entertainment and hopefully inspiration to people across America. I love football, and am so grateful for all those who continue to follow and support my efforts on and off the field. I don’t take for granted the privilege of this platform, and I hope that I can serve others in a worthwhile manner.
We started A GRAN Foundation because our family wanted to give back to the community in a truly meaningful way. Through A GRAN Foundation, we partner with organizations who are invested in empowering youth in our community. Our organization is intensely focused on supporting at risk-youth through connecting learning and health with mentoring and tracking of results. We also take great strides to involve the families and other authority figures of our young people because they are imperative to this process.
I grew up under difficult circumstances in a tough neighborhood and reaching success was not an easy path traveled. We moved around several times during my youth, so planting roots in various community organizations wasn’t always possible. I lacked some of the preparation necessary for accomplishing all of my dreams. Etiquette, proper diet, and mentorship were some tools not easily found in my environment. I wish I could have gained these skills and resources much earlier in my life.
After joining the NFL, I realized that I had an opportunity to reach out to young people who have challenges just as I had at one point in my life. I participated heavily in our team’s charitable events to include reading challenges, toy drives, and activity based programs for children. I also became very active in various community outreach efforts in the Washington DC Metro area. I wanted to be involved in the community and demonstrate that I cared about the futures of those around me. The time has come for me to use these experiences and build a legacy of kids helping kids to be healthier, stronger and better prepared for the world that lies ahead. I believe we have a responsibility to reach out our hands to lift youth out of the confines of their environment, and to them grant access to the tools that will enable them to have a successful future.
A GRAN Foundation
- Tagline: Creating a Blueprint for Success.
- Vision: Empowering our youth with the tools for a successful future.
- Mission: Providing youth with the skills to embrace learning, lead healthy lives and mentor others in their community.
- Approach: Build partnerships with elementary schools and the community to utilize mentorship to implement programs that incorporate strengthening students’ physical and mental well-being.
A GRAN Foundation was started in December of 2011 by Rocky and Alessia McIntosh and their two children Gavin and Natalie. The first program of A GRAN Foundation is Rocky’s Road at Yorkshire Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia.
How it works
How It Works
Rocky’s Road is a legacy partnership with the Prince William County School district established in 2011 at Yorkshire Elementary School.
Rocky’s Road will demonstrate the power of mentorship, healthy lifestyles, on academic achievement. It is based on the belief that learning begins in the classroom but is a lifetime commitment. Healthy activities begin on the playground but live in every portion of our lives. Rocky’s Road is designed to foster a love for health, wellness, and learning among participants.
Rocky’s Road tracks the evolution of 40 kindergartners who have been identified as needing more support. We work with them and integrate a customized healthy mind/healthy body curriculum through Yorkshire Elementary School. Rocky’s Road is a comprehensive program that supports these students from kindergarten through 5th grade. Student progress is tracked through healthy mind/healthy body daily workbooks, weekly after school sessions and bi-monthly check-ins with their parents. Field trips that reinforce curriculum teaching are integral to exposing students to new ways of thinking about health and academics. Activities are monitored and recorded to ensure the path of success down Rocky’s Road.
Rocky’s Road will show that with the right tools any student can achieve success.
A GRAN FOUNDATION
Your favorite NFL players, including current and alumni Redskins, and other local media personalities from the DC Metro area will join us for a night of fun to benefit A GRAN Foundation and its programming. The last event was awesome, and we are looking forward to an even greater time this year! Check out the […]
The kids really finished the school year strong. It was an awesome year for Rocky’s Road. The students really have been progressing in there school work and knowledge of living a healthy lifestyle. That includes eating healthy fresh foods and exercising. I can’t say enough how much we appreciate the teachers and staff of Yorkshire […]
A GRAN Foundation gets it. Do you? Catching on with the exercise craze of today’s health clubs, we danced our Saturday away doing ZUMBA with our students. It was such an enjoyable day. About 40 kids participated with the teachers. They made a healthy snack after to round out a productive and fun Saturday. […]
Year number two of Rocky’s Road is off to a great start! After an awesome first year with the program we are extremely grateful and blessed to continue supporting the community and Yorkshire Elementary. The summer was very busy for the McIntosh family as we worked hard to improve the program’s efficiency with feedback […]
We had such a blast ending our 1st year of Rocky’s Road with a field day themed the “Yorkshire 2012 Olympics”. We set up different stations with various activities included in them. The students were able to play cricket, soccer, and even had their turn through an obstacle course. They had a fantastic time […]
On May 19th, we were the guests of the Don’s Brick Oven Pizza in Sterling, Va. Our focus for this month’s field trip was healthy eating. It took some time to find a kitchen that could accommodate everyone in Rocky’s Road but luckily owner, Waleed Zarou stepped up to the plate. Zarou who is a […]
Rocky’s Road has been amazing the last couple of weeks. The students are progressing in school and the teachers are enthusiastic about the excitement levels of our children. After a nice well-timed spring break, the kids have been hard at work learning many lessons related to exercise and movement. Now that the weather is starting […]
Will someone please make this movie? Picture a college classroom filled with larger-than-life current and former NFL players, some with their wives, hitting the books for six weeks during the offseason to earn a masters degree in business administration. It’s happening right here in Washington, with a new program at George Washington University. I heard […]
Rocky’s Road is off and running at Yorkshire Elementary. This is the beginning of a program which will inspire participants to be motivated for both academic achievement and healthy living. After spending time with my family over the holidays it was great to get back to working with the students in Rocky’s Road. We hustled […]
Rocky’s Road will demonstrate the power of mentorship, healthy lifestyles, on academic achievement. It is based on the belief that learning begins in the classroom but is a lifetime commitment. Healthy activities begin on the playground but live in every portion of our lives.
Special thanks to our partners for their awesome generosity and support for A GRAN Foundation.