Sickle Cell Anemia is an inherited disease causing the body to make sickle-shaped red blood cells. The amount of the protein hemoglobin produced is also limited, reducing the flow of oxygen throughout the body.

Normal red blood cells are round and flexible and they move easily through blood vessels in the body. Sickle cells contain abnormal hemoglobin and develop into a sickle, or crescent shape. These cells stick to one another and block blood flow to limbs and organs, causing pain and other serious conditions, such as infection, swelling of the hands and feet, blindness, and strokes.

There is no cure for most people with sickle cell anemia, but many treatments are available to help with pain and symptoms.


Although a different emphasis and approach may be used from year to year in order to accomplish the T.A.C.K.L.E. Foundation’s goal of changing the way children are motivated and promoting their success through education, the continued objectives are the following:

Children are the True North on the Compass of the Future!

  • Since its inception, the T.A.C.K.L.E. Foundation has been active in pursuing its objective. Thus far, the foundation has accomplished the following:
  • Sponsored several children to attend each Arizona Cardinals home football game as an incentive to remain focused in school
  • Purchased a desktop computer for an organization dedicated to working with at-risk young men
  • Established a full book scholarship for college bound high school graduates
  • Provided monetary contributions to numerous foundations and organizations who requested assistance
  • Held a free football camp for boys & girls teaching the fundamental of football and focusing on the principles of hard work and discipline
  • Sponsored a Family Skate Night that gave families opportunities to come meet and skate with several NFL (National Football League) players. These guys all reinforced the importance of education to all children in attendance
  • Adopted a local elementary school who students are all underprivileged. T.A.C.K.L.E. provided school supplies for both the students and the classroom
  • Spoke at several schools to children about excelling in school
  • ABC Hollister Foundation
  • Friendly House
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Vested Interested
  • LACE, Inc.
  • 100 Black Men, Inc.
  • Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
  • Rising Star United Christian Church
  • Stevenson Elementary School
  • TG Barr Elementary School
  • Keystone Montessori Charter School
  • Monte Vista Elementary School