Josh Dobbs’ New ‘ASTROrdinary Foundation’ Officially Takes Flight

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    Former Tennessee quarterback and current Pittsburgh Steeler Josh Dobbs had a major announcement on Wednesday. The VFL made the announcement that his new project, the ASTROrdinary Dobbs Foundation, has officially taken flight.

    “Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Joshua Dobbs announced today the launch of the ASTROrdinary Dobbs Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and inspiring all members of the community, particularly the youth, through educational, economical, professional, and recreational empowerment. It will function as a grant-making foundation to other charitable organizations and will also fund and implement outreach projects,” the press release on Wednesday stated.

    Dobbs, who was known for his positive community spirit while at Tennessee, took the same initiative and mindset with him to Pittsburgh after he was drafted. And now, with his new foundation, Josh Dobbs will once again be able to expand his reach across the country to help out where he can.

    “Thanks to a foundation laid by my parents during my childhood, I have actively found ways to give my time and talents back to my community since middle school,” Dobbs said via the press release. “As I look back over my journey as a student, a leader, a volunteer, and an athlete, I’m continuously reminded that I would not be in the position I am in, if not for those that were willing to help me. I know that I did not make this journey alone. Witnessing firsthand the tremendous impact that a single individual can have by helping others makes me even more excited about what can collectively be accomplished through the establishment of the ASTROrdinary Dobbs Foundation, Inc. Just imagine what we can achieve together!”

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    Photo via The ASTROrdinary Dobbs Foundation.

    When asked about the goals of the direction that he is taking, Dobbs spoke about his desire to build up the community and the people inside of it.

    “The goals for my foundation are very simple,” Dobbs said via the release on Wednesday. “We will support, encourage, and inspire all members of the community, particularly the youth – the next generation – to identify and pursue their passions; and second, we will empower them by providing opportunity and exposure. The ASTROrdinary Dobbs Foundation will be committed to opening doors of opportunity and to encourage those that we help to bring others along with them.”

    With the launch of the foundation comes immediate action to help the community. The ASTROrdinary Dobbs Foundation’s first event will be on Wednesday, the day of the launch, right here in Knoxville. The event is currently being held in connection with a local Girl Scouts Troop at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The foundation’s next event will be with the Emerald Youth Foundation in Knoxville.

    “Driven by a strong sense of service, Joshua is well known for his work in the community,” the press release stated. “Recognized as a ‘Hometown Hero,’ exemplifying the Volunteer Spirit, Joshua is passionate about his work with various non-profit groups, including the Boys and Girls Club, the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center, the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, the Emerald Youth Foundation, Girls, Inc. of TN Valley, Horizons National, Knoxville HonorAir, the Pittsburgh Police Jr. Chess Club, and the Wounded Warrior Project. In addition, he is a national spokesperson for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation and the Go Create It 21-Day Empathy Challenge.”

    For more information on Josh Dobbs and the ASTROrdinary Dobbs Foundation, Inc., click here.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.