Mario Standing At Event
Founder and Executive Director

Mario Urrutia

Mario Urrutia is a Louisville native and former football wide receiver for the University of Louisville’s Cardinal football team; He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals after his junior year. He played for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL. Mario then continued his professional football career playing Arena football and Canadian Football. One day after playing professional football for seven years, Mario decided professional football career was over for him.

Driving home to Louisville his thoughts were “What could I have done better to prepare myself for life after football?” His dream has always been to help young people set and reach their goals. Mario’s dream started when he was a senior in high school. He was a volunteer mentor to young children. In 2011, he established a non-profit organization to provide Physical Education, Nutrition, Leadership Development, and Economic Empowerment to children ages 8 – 14 years old. Mario made the commitment to finish his college education. He knew this needed to be completed because he thought how could he lead young children and preach the importance of education if he failed to complete his. May 2016, Mario Urrutia received his college diploma from the University of Louisville. He has a degree in communication with a minor in business marketing.