Who is Dontari Poe? With no football experience prior to high school, Poe soon emerged as a top football player in the state of Tennessee with opportunities to play at the collegiate level. Growing up in Memphis, Poe decided to attend the University of Memphis where he would spend three years before declaring for the NFL draft. He then became the first player in Memphis football history to be drafted in the first-round and became an integral part of the Kansas City Chief’s defensive line. He currently plays for the Carolina Panthers as a defensive tackle. What is Dontari's Dream? The support of the Memphis community pushed Poe to follow his dreams and play football at the highest level. Poe’s dream is to give back to his community and support local youth with dreams of their own. If we support our kids, they will grow up determined to follow their dreams and give themselves the best opportunities to succeed. Finding football his freshman year of high school changed Poe’s life. He hopes to in turn change other children’s lives through his charitable initiatives including giving the kids an opportunity to join him at his annual free football camp and 3-month incentive-based healthy living, eating and education program.
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