Davis Brings Hope

Posted Oct 7, 2014

Read about the charitable works that earned Austin Davis the Community Player of the Week.

In just a few short weeks, Austin Davis went from competing for a roster spot to the starting quarterback for 2014. That jump from obscurity to one of only 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL comes with elevated attention and notoriety. But there is one place where none of that mattered.
“Those kids don’t care if you’re a starter or third string,” said Davis. “They just know you play for the Rams. To see those kids’ faces, sometimes we forget how that one visit, that 30 seconds you spend in the hospital room before you areoff to the next…for you it’s just what you do, but for that kid it might be the highlight of his life.”
That is Austin Davis talking about Basket of Hope, an organization that delivers baskets of toys, stuffed animals, books, and other items to encourage and support children suffering from cancer or other serious illnesses. Davis serves as the Rams’ representative to Basket of Hope, and his involvement has won him the designation of community player of the week for this week.
“He has a real passion for visiting and encouraging children suffering with serious illnesses,” said National Executive Director of Basket of Hope Angela Brunette. “He is very engaging with the kids and loves making them laugh. They warm up to him very quickly and find an instant friend in Austin.”
Davis recently delivered baskets to children at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and attended a fundraising golf tournament for the organization as well.

“We have a long history with Basket of Hope and have had some great players spearhead their cause from Kurt Warner to Mike Furrey to Josh Brown,” said Molly Higgins, Rams’ vice president of corporate communications and civic affairs. “When they were looking for a new player to step up and join in their mission of providing hope to children and families facing the diagnoses of cancer and other serious illness, we knew Austin would be a terrific fit.  He gladly embraced the opportunity and that passion that we see on the field translates to his work in the community. He’s a fantastic ambassador for the Ram and Basket of Hope.

“That’s part of being in the NFL,” said Davis. “It’s an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. We talk about it all the time. It comes down to what you believe about life and goes beyond football. It’s a responsibility.”
And that is true whether you are the third string or the starting QB.

About the Rams Community Player of the Week: Each week during the 2014 season, the St. Louis Rams will select a player who has made a positive impact on the Greater St. Louis community, giving of himself off the field. Each honored Rams Community Player of the Week will receive a gift certificate to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the Official Steak House of the St. Louis Rams.