Mr. Lucas is a born motivator. Every summer he works with a group of youth from the Miami Gardens area. In this photo he is telling his story which is similar to their current condition. Mr. Lucas was born and reared in their environment and knows the challenges they are facing from experience. He is giving them hope and he’s telling them that there is a positive way out of a community where so many are losing their lives at an early age. He’s inspiring the youth to believe, dream and have faith in themselves.
For the last 20 years Mr. Lucas and the Ted Lucas Foundation have given away toys to the youth in Miami Gardens. A week before Christmas he transforms Buccaneer Park into a Winter Christmas Festival that includes bounce houses, games, music, food and free toys to every child that attends. This photo shows the happy faces with Santa Clause and the Miami Heat mascot at last year's event.
In this photo The Ted Lucas Foundations shows the spirit of giving! The foundation has given a turkey and all of the trimmings to needy families in Miami Gardens. For the last 5 years the foundation has teamed up with Commissioner Barbara Jordan to double it's efforts. Over 50 or more families can be assured that they will have a full thanksgiving dinner. The baskets are personally taken to the homes of the elderly, grandmothers caring for their grandchildren, single family mothers and/or fathers by the Foundation and Commissioner Jordan.
The I AM KING program is created to compel fathers and male mentors (Kings) to raise Kings (young males) to prevent self hatred and killing one another through gun violence.
We will teach them how to love and respect themselves and others.
Chairman of the Board
Michelle Spence Jones
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.