Lorenzo Alexander Making A Difference in Phoenix Through His ACES Foundation
NFL alum Lorenzo Alexander knows how fortunate he was to play 14 seasons in the league.
Alexander, 38, had tryouts with the Panthers and Ravens before earning a roster spot in Washington in 2006 and later playing with the Cardinals, Raiders, and Bills. He formally retired after the 2019 season as a captain of the Bills.
Alexander and his family had moved in the 2018 offseason to the upscale community of Arcadia near Camelback Mountain just 10 miles from downtown Phoenix. He began having an immediate impact there by operating the Arcadia NFL Flag football league through his non-profit ACES Foundation. The mission statement of ACES is: “to support youth through emphasizing self-Accountability, taking pride in our Community, striving for Educational excellence while promoting a healthy mind and body through Sports.”
Alexander was raised in Oakland, California by his mother and maternal uncle. He knows his young family now is fortunate to live in Arcadia but he also wants to make certain his children realize not everyone is so lucky. His Foundation also is active in programs in south Phoenix which over the years has been considered by many locals as a low-income neighborhood.
“It’s been good for my entire family to help out in the south Phoenix community,” says Alexander. “There is a higher population of African-Americans over there. That is something that is important for me to show my children. People look differently there…people that look like them. It’s beneficial in several ways for my family to get over there, experience a different culture and try to make an impact.”
Alexander says that south Phoenix reminds him of his Oakland upbringing which often was a struggle. The Cal-Berkeley graduate has been a benefactor to local high schools there and that assistance has been very well received.
”I love what he is doing,” says Jamarei Bryant, the Athletic Director and Head Coach at Skyline Prep in Phoenix. “I love the things Lorenzo has given back to the community. We gave out over 300 backpacks to families, and barbers gave free haircuts. It was big kudos to Lorenzo and his ACES Foundation for doing that.”
We at NFL Alumni offer our “kudos” as well to Lorenzo Alexander. Our brother Lorenzo– like so many of you– remembers where he came from and wants to help those less fortunate than his family.