Director of Communications

 

GERALD WILLHITE

As the Director of Communications, Gerald leads a team of organizational volunteer’s  and coordinate the organization’s overall communications strategy. Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, he works collaboratively with senior leadership to develop and implement communication strategies to broaden the impact of the Patriots Honor Nonprofit’s programs and oversee organizational messaging and constituent services.

THE WILL TO WINNFLAlumni

Denver Bronco’s Full Back Gerald Willhite played in Super Bowls XXI, XXII and XXIV, playing in the NFL from 1982-1990. He was a first round draft pick out of San Jose State in 1982 to the Denver Broncos.  Unlike the majority of his peers, Gerald did not pick up a football until his sophomore year in college. Gerald tried out for the squad only on a dare. With no prior high school football experience, Gerald not only made the team at American River Jr. College, he would go on to break every record at the school. He was heavily recruited by several Division 1 schools and chose to attend San Jose State College on a football scholarship. Gerald would be coached and mentored by Coach Jack Elway, the father of John Elway. Little did they know of the future they would share as starting quarterback and running back. Gerald would also go on to break every record at San Jose State as the lead running back in two years instead of the normal four years. He was also nominated for the Heisman trophy. These type of records and achievements are rarely done with just two years of college play.

GeraldWillhiteGerald’s Journey began as he was fourth of seven children. His father died while in the Marine Corps while Gerald was only nine years old. His mother was left to raise seven children on her own. He tells a story of how the courage and determination of his mother helped move them out of the projects into a better part of town. Gerald is proof of what hard work, desire and raw talent can achieve. His story is inspiring, motivating and honest. Gerald tells a story of moving past obstacles to make a better life for his family.

Team building, courage and persistence make up the Gerald “Will” Willhite story….”THE WILL TO WIN”.

His insight of life’s struggles has inspired to improve the lives of all service members and their families.  The affects of his father’s loss while in the Marine Corp has a set a deep desire to “Give back to those who Gave”.

Gerald currently resides in California and has 2 daughters (Randi and Ryan) and a granddaughter JayMichael. 

 

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