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San Francisco 49er Vernon Davis supports his Foundation for the Arts.
San Francisco 49er Vernon Davis supports his Foundation for the Arts. / Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports / USA TODAY Sports
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What: The Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts; it promotes fine arts in inner cities and funds scholarships for young people from low-income areas.

Why: “I was scared people would think I wasn’t cool, so I didn’t pursue art [as a child] ... I want to help kids understand they don’t have to worry about people judging,” says Davis, who specializes in acrylics on canvas. “Imagine a kid coming to a canvas and painting his future.”

Where: Artwork by Davis and students is on display at his Gallery 85 in San Francisco.

To support: vernondavisfoundation.org

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