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Vols DE LaTroy Lewis starts non-profit organization for children in Knoxville


At a time when the headlines are dominated by a negative and a wild election cycle, Tennessee Volunteers senior defensive end LaTroy Lewis shines bright.

247 Sports recently profiled the fifth-year senior who has launched a non-profit organization for children in the Knoxville community. The non-profit is named Project Elevate.

Lewis created the foundation after being touched by the impact reading to children at Lonsdale Elementary School had on him and the kids. The project was created to “mentor, culture, cultivate and educate children while building interpersonal relationships between urban youth and impactful community leaders.”

It’s all about making a difference.

“I’ve learned to not take my situation for granted,” Lewis told 247 Sports. “At the end of the day, each and every one of us, even if I’m just talking about people on my team, we come from different walks of life and different backgrounds, and they’ve taught me that no matter where we come from or who we are, that we still can help each other, help serve each other, and we can be there for each other. And I just love being around those kids. They have such an uplifting spirit, and they’re always looking up to me.

“When I talk to them, it gets to a point where it really just blows my mind, because I realize how smart, how intelligent these kids really are. It almost always gets to a point there they’re pretty much taking over our conversation and leading it, and I think it’s awesome to see our youth going in that direction. I’ll do anything I can to help them on that path.”

What an incredible young man.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, Tennessee’s bye week, Project Elevate will be joining forces with Sevier Heights Baptist Church in Knoxville for Hero Day. The day is to honor the memory of Zaevion Dobson, a local high school football player who was shot and killed in a drive by shooting while shielding and protecting two young women.

Lewis, Vols quarterback Joshua Dobbs and others will speak to the community before joining in a car wash that will raise money for the community.

It’s great to see a young man like Lewis making such a positive impact on those around. And hopefully his actions inspire his teammates to also reach out and help where they can.

The world would be a better place if we had more people like LaTroy Lewis assisting others.

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Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated,,, and many others.
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