Draughn Family Foundation
Written by: Shariah Green
Got a chance to sit with Carolina’s favorite couple Shaun and Shonda Draughn! Shaun is a retired NFL player and Shonda is a commercial and residential real estate agent.
After Shaun announced his retirement from the league earlier this year, he immediately began to work on ways to give back to the Tarboro, North Carolina community by organizing their first annual Holiday Coat Drive! Shonda explained that, “The Draughn Family Foundation was developed to provide middle and high school students the building blocks and opportunities to define and grow their strengths, self-esteem, and values in the physical, social, moral and academic areas. The goal of the foundation is to help them understand their unique strengths and weaknesses where every student has an opportunity to thrive.” To push this message, they decided to help students between the ages of 4-18 to ensure there are no personal distractions from achieving their academic goals.
Shaun and Shonda wanted to keep it close to home, so they partnered with the Community Enrichment Organization, in which Shaun was a part of in middle school. The organization provided the Draughn Family Foundation with a list of children in need in which they were able to completely fulfill prior to the event. But, the work is not done says Mrs. Shonda Draughn. “Although we have the coats that we want to fulfill with the Community Enrichment program, we’re also expecting other families to come out that may be in need for coats; so even extra’s, outside of what we’ve purchased or that was donated, we’re definitely still in need of coats!”
How did the idea for the Holiday Coat Drive come about?
I told my wife I wanted to do something in Tarboro as soon as possible. My goal was to do it for Thanksgiving, but it passed by so quick. And, I thought Christmas would be the best way to give back this year. Plus, I really wanted to get into the community after my retirement. I talked with my wife about the coat drive and we decided to partner with someone in the community.
Who would you like to reach this year?
After partnering with the Community Enrichment Organization, we decided to target ages 4-18. It’s pretty broad and allows us to cover a variety of age groups.
Shaun, since you recently announced your retirement from the NFL what’s next for you?
I’ve had a desire to do real estate investment and development eventually. That’s what I’d like to do in the long term. I’m still working on that and have had the chance to work with some of the “Big Dogs” of the industry. I’ve also became the brand ambassador for a company called Be More, a direct sales company that I’m looking forward to working with.
What can people expect from the Holiday Coat Drive?
So, the coat drive is this Sunday, December 16, at the Tarboro Brewing Company and we’ll have two (2) food trucks, games such as the Giant Jenga, UNO, corn hole, a face painter and more. The whole mission behind our foundation is to create a family-like atmosphere because we’re big on family. It’ll be good to see people that I haven’t seen in a while and get Tarboro together as community to pull together and have some fun.
The Draughn Family Foundation is working on a few things for 2019! So, follow them on social media @draughnfamilyfoundation for announcements on events. Upcoming events include the Trade Fair for the youth, which will educate them on lucrative career paths that do not require a 4-year degree, a sports and STEM camp in Raleigh and Tarboro and their annual Celebrity Bowling fundraiser, which sells out every year! Shaun and Shonda Draughn are showing us just how to “Be a Mogul and Build a Mogul”!