Albert Wilson, a wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs, takes his advocacy for children in the foster care system very seriously.
As a child, the NFL star was placed into foster care twice — once for a year when he was 6 years old, and again for six years when he was 12. His biological parents were often in and out of prison, making it impossible for them to provide him with a stable childhood.
Despite his circumstances, Wilson, an optimist, was able to find the good in his situation.
“I was also lucky because of two amazing foster families,” wrote Wilson in an article published in the The Players Tribune, “the Baileys and the Browns.”
Today the Florida native is open about his experience in foster care, and often attends meet-and-greets with troubled youth — including an upcoming event on Friday May 12.