Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation
Aside from handing out roses, The Bachelor, Colton Underwood is involved in non-profit work. The 27-year-old former NFL player has a foundation dedicated to Cystic Fibrosis, and spends almost all of his time helping and showing awareness to others through the charity. After dealing with an injury, preventing him to continue his football career, Colton thought to take advantage of his platform by founding a charity.
In 2015, he created the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation to "provide resources for research and support of people living with Cystic Fibrosis and encourage youth participation in athletics," according to the charity's official website. Colton's foundation has provided $100,000 to patients with Cystic Fibrosis along with research and clinics for patients living with the chronic lung disease in order to get the most beneficial treatment possible. The foundation raises money mainly through football clinics-conjoining Colton's football career while also including his passion for helping others.
According to the website, Colton has held two football camps and reached over 400 participants, climbing to $60,000 for the foundation. The money goes to research and clinical studies, and necessary purchases for medical equipment. Colton's 4 year-old cousin, Harper currently suffers the disease and has the strength to fight it everyday. Her day consists of taking pills everyday and inhaling medicine. Colton says, "living with Cystic Fibrosis is like living with adversity every single day."
Check out the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation here!
In addition to raising awareness, Colton teamed up with American boy-band, O-Town in a collab song titled, "Hello World," where all of the proceeds go to the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation. A member of the band, Jacob Underwood (who isn't related to The Bachelor star) says, "We've been five members before, so I think it was natural for us to have a pretty blonde guy in the band!" The Underwood duo have history! The two met at a charity dodgeball event when Colton was still playing football for the San Diego Chargers.
Colton actually asked Jacob Underwood to create a fundraiser song for his foundation. O-Town has been working hard on their forthcoming album, OTWN, which is expected to drop this summer and "Hello World" will be featured on the album. Colton assisted Jacob on the track and is hoping it becomes an anthem for cystic fibrosis patients and any other individuals battling mental or physical illnesses.
Ever heard of a Bachelor star who sings? Neither have I. The track actually features Colton's vocals and was happy that auto-tune exists! He said, "I can't sing for shi**! But I want to be in the studio." Colton sings the line, "I want to see you learn." I'm impressed! You can find the collab on #MaxwellApproved.