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OUR MISSION IS TO ENHANCE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN WITH PHYSICAL & MENTAL CONDITIONS IN ADDITION TO IMPROVING ANIMAL WELFARE

We are a children’s charity that is dedicated to brightening the lives of children, teenagers and young adults suffering from a serious or terminal illness including physical disabilities, mental illness and diabetes.

We strive to support sick children and their families because we know the difference happiness and laughter can make during times when it feels like there’s not much to look forward to.

Our focus is based on positive psychology and offers distraction at a time when young people and families are at their most vulnerable.  We are helping children to look beyond their illnesses and show them the possibilities of life.

We are passionate on improving animal welfare, especially dogs at the shelters, such as the Humane Society. Creating memorable guest experiences and building successful community partnerships to better serve, save and comfort animals.

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Who is Sam Martin?

PERSONAL
A former soccer standout, played just one year of high school football where he averaged 69 yards per kickoff and was named all-county following his only gridiron campaign at Starr’s Mill (Ga.) High School under Head Coach Mike Earwood.

  • Four-year soccer letterman and earned all-state recognition as a junior.
  • A member of the Dean’s List and ASU athletics’ and Southern Conference academic honor rolls, majored in business marketing (pre-law).
  • Father, Tom Martin, was a three-sport athlete (soccer, basketball and baseball) at Eastern Michigan University.

MANE FACTS

  • NFC Special Teams Player of the Week: 2013 (Week 3), 2016 (Week 1).

TRANSACTIONS

  • Signed by the Lions to a contract extension on September 9, 2016.
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

PRO
Fifth-year punter who took over the Lions’ punting, holding and kickoff duties in 2013, and has established himself as one of the best young legs in the NFL.

COLLEGE
Ranks third in Appalachian State history with 226 punts and 9,397 yards and sixth with a 41.6-yard punting average. Became only the second specialist in Appalachian State history to be selected in the NFL Draft since Harold Alexander was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round (67th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft.

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