Who We are

The Mike Peterson Foundation was formed in 2004 to benefit underserved youth and socio-economically challenged families. Since 2004, we have served in Mike’s hometown of Alachua, Florida as well as his NFL cities of Jacksonville, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2016, the Petersons have focused on assisting children and families in the Petersons’ new hometown of Columbia, South Carolina.

The mission of the Mike Peterson Foundation is to provide innovative programs for underprivileged youth that encourage learning, embrace the gifts and celebrate the uniqueness of every child in our communities.

Mike Peterson Talking to Kids

What we do

Since its inception, the Mike Peterson Foundation has served more than 50,000 children and their families through the following community events:

Giving Thanks

Annual Thanksgiving meal distribution

School Supplies

Back to School backpack distribution

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Holiday events throughout the community

Educational Growth

'Just Read It! Star of the Month' literacy incentive program

Bringing Families Together

Annual Family Fun Day


Top Dog Readers Club literacy program

Help Children

Adoption of local Elementary schools

Free Camps

Free annual youth football camps

Financial Help

The 5/3 Financial Savings program

As a locker room leader and one of the most community-minded members during his time in the NFL, Peterson was honored with the Jaguars/Morgan Stanley Community Leader of the Month Award. Additionally, which led to his being named Community Leader of the Year. Peterson received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his community involvement.