The Mirer Family Foundation supports children’s health and education
Since 1996, the Mirer Family Foundation has provided assistance to youth education and health programs. Our philanthropic efforts are grounded from the blessing of great mentorship I received in my youth. Through my family and coaches, I learned the importance of teamwork in every aspect of a successful life.
Upon graduating from Notre Dame, I immediately committed to utilizing my high profile status to help others. My family formed the Mirer Family Foundation to channel philanthropic efforts benefiting causes of great importance to us. Over the past two decades our foundation has been able to provide active assistance to multiple youth sports programs, children’s health initiatives and financial assistance to those seeking higher education.
Our Family’s Involvement in Education and Youth Programs
Growing up surrounded by athletics and academia both on and off the field, my wife Stephanie Mirer and I are both passionate about the benefits of youth sports programs. The impact they play in developing children’s self-esteem, work ethic and teamwork is unparalleled and therefore a major focus of our philanthropic efforts.
My father, Ken Mirer, was an educator and coach. His influence extended well beyond our family, but as his son, I greatly benefited from his coaching and passion at home and on the playing fields in Goshen. My mother, Karen Mirer, was also a teacher; spending twenty years in elementary education, she was a great influence on many children throughout her life.
My wife, Stephanie Mirer, also learned many life skills through her parents and coaches. Her father was an active member of the local school board for more than a decade. Stephanie was active in athletics playing basketball and performing gymnastics, as well as a member of the cheerleading squad.
Greatly influenced by our upbringing and direct experience with the positive influence of youth sports programs, The Mirer Family Foundation has made youth program a pillar of our philanthropic ventures. We have supported these youth programs through organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, the United Way and more.
Higher Education Opportunities
Through scholarship opportunities, I was able to attend one of the nation’s premier educational institutions and prepare for a successful future both as a professional athlete and life after sports in business and philanthropy. I was fortunate to qualify for a free education due to contributions by others supporting Notre Dame scholarships. Since graduating, I have been paying those benefits forward through the MFF Notre Dame Scholarships.
I also participated in the creation of a social media presence networking Irish players involved in charitable work. Together, we have united to assist local Notre Dame alumni clubs nationwide with the efforts of those clubs to raise scholarship dollars for deserving students.
In addition to my own experience as a recipient of Notre Dame Scholarships, I have become aware of sacrifices made by military families across the nation. My sons have grown up with children of military parents, and seeing the sacrifices these families make for all of us around the country has inspired me to pay them forward as well. MFF is thereby committed to assist programs helping educate the children of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.