The Offense-Defense Educational Foundation evolved out of a need to supply young athletes who couldn't otherwise afford to better both themselves and their football skills out of their own pocket. Financial needs and burdens are different for every individual and the Whittier family - helmed by Offense-Defense President Rick Whittier - felt no athlete should be denied the right to play the game they loved due to economic hardship.
In whole, the organization's mission statement is to provide academic, athletic, and life skills education to youth athletes in need of assistance. Simply stated, the O-D Educational Foundation's mission is to teach amateur athletes skills and lessons that will assist them in becoming better citizens as well as grant them the tools they need to become more well-rounded individuals in their familial, professional, and business lives.
In the last decade alone, an estimated $3 million USD have been granted to young athletes in need through the Offense-Defense Educational Foundation and its programs. That number is projected to increase as the Foundation makes available more avenues for granting football players a mean to participate in and enjoy their favorite sport.