SIP. Quaranteens. Social distancing. During these unprecedented times, we have all learned new vocabulary. While some words are meant to bring humor into the darkness, others are shedding light on just how much has changed since the start of the year. Words like school closure, non-essential, PPE, and density. While all of this impacts our community as a whole, vulnerable populations – like our neighbors at the 49ers Academy in East Palo Alto – are facing risks that are not just life-limiting but life-threatening. 

But there is hope. Altruism. Empathy. Community. Light. And most of all – optimism that tomorrow will be better and that together we are stronger. Neighbors helping neighbors. 

The Wender Weis Foundation for Children asked our community of athletes and celebrities to share moments that were reminding them of the JOY and WONDER that exists even in moments of darkness. We asked them – how do you #SPARKWONDER and stay active while sheltering in place? How do you laugh? Smile? De-stress? 

Our community of champions – Steve Young, Brandi Chastain, Michael + Sara Franti, Alex Morgan, Jennifer Azzi, Hunter + Alexis Pence, AnnaLynne McCord, Stanford athletes, Liam Mayclem, Dennis Brown, SF Fire Captain Erica Arteseros Brown and more – enthusiastically responded. 

We invite you to take a deep breath, shake off the weight of the week and enjoy the light, optimism and FUN of the Wender Weis Foundation for Children #SparkWonder video and to join us in supporting the 49ers Academy COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund by visiting THIS LINK.

On behalf of the Wender Weis Foundation for Children – thank you! Today, tomorrow, and always.

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