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Many NFL players and their foundations host spring and summer events.
But the Q-Fest has become a giant among them.
The Anquan Boldin Foundation is launching its eighth Annual Q-Festival Weekend today in Palm Beach County, Fla., with a star-studded list of more than 25 football players and 4,000 expected guests.
“Q-Fest is a weekend of fun and my way of saying thanks to my hometown of Pahokee for the years of support given to me,” Boldin said.
“Every year our numbers grow, we have greater support from partners and the community, and we continue to hear feedback where fans consider Q-Fest among the top-rated community events of the year. We’re very proud of that.”
Boldin said this will be the biggest event yet, “by far.”
Ravens teammates who will be in attendance include Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Ed Reed, Lardarius Webb, Tyrod Taylor, LaQuan Williams, Tandon Doss, Damien Berry, and Pernell McPhee, who like Boldin hails from Pahokee.
Other NFL players include Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Calais Campbell, New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks, Antrel Rolle, Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul, Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy, Kansas City’s Brandon Flowers, Carolina’s Steve Smith and more. Former players Kurt Warner, Fred Taylor and Michael Irvin will also be in attendance.
The event includes the Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner, the Celebrity Basketball Game & Autograph Signing and the Fun Day in the Park at Pahokee High School’s Anquan Boldin Stadium promoting physical fitness.
This year, several more events have been added to accommodate requests by people in the community to continue making the event bigger. There will be a gospel celebration featuring singer/songwriter Tye Tribbet and a boxing and sparring event.
The charity golf tournament takes place Thursday. The tournament is the fundraising portion of Q-Fest, helping Boldin’s Q81 Foundation to continue to raise awareness and funds for both education and recreational programs in Pahokee.
The basketball game and Fun Day in the Park are on the next two days in Pahokee. There is also a week-long basketball tournament included this year.
The events outside of the golf tournament are free to the public for everyone interested in attending and include food, contests and giveaways.