LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — You may know Te'von Coney as an All-American linebacker for the Las Vegas Raiders or you may remember Coney as an electric showstopper for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
But people in Palm Beach County know him as something bigger; a 22-year-old that has a lot of love to give.
”Being able to give back to my community, being able to create opportunities and a platform for the kids is what I care about," Coney said. "That drives me more than anything.”
Coney is partnering with the United Way of Palm Beach County to give out backpacks of food to underprivileged students at South Grade Elementary School.
Nearly every student in the school is on free or reduced lunch. Oftentimes, it's their only meal of the day.
"He is from this community and he’s coming back and sharing what he can offer for these kids is amazing," assistant principal Loris Barr said. "These kids go home without food.”
Coney says, along with helping students, he plans to kickoff his nonprofit, Tough Choices.
”I know a lot of kids in the community have dreams and aspirations they want to achieve and sometimes the tough choices kind of get in the way and being able to have a platform where they’re creating knowledge and the information that they need to make those right choices is very important," he said.
In the next few years, Coney hopes to open a Tough Choices center, so those young children have a place to go here in Palm Beach County.
Coney says what keeps him so humble and wanted to help others is his parents and his faith.