On the field, pro football player and Arlington native Luke Joeckel uses his tremendous size and skill to protect the quarterback’s blind side. Off the field, he uses his time and generosity to help inspire foster kids in North Texas. Yesterday, Joeckel paid a visit to the Fort Worth Foster In Texas (FIT) office on Tuesday and shared stories, autographs, and a lot of laughs with our LSS-FIT foster children. He joined two foster families and their total of 17 children for a pizza party at Mama’s Pizza in Fort Worth.
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2013 first round draft pick donated $25,000 to help DFW-area foster children. Joeckel said his donation to LSS “will help to train foster parents to take care of the kids that need help – and the event will hopefully mean a lot to the kids, as much as it means to me – to put a smile on their faces and create some excitement.” FIT serves 200 kids and has 80 families in North Texas. The donation will also go into a birthday and Christmas fund designated for gifts for North Texas foster children.
Joeckel’s grandfather, Rev. Dave Joeckel, retired in 1998 from Grace Lutheran Church in Arlington, and began working with Lutheran Social Services. Joeckel has fond memories of joining his grandparents as they delivered Christmas gifts to foster children. He says “I know that I’ve been blessed and now it’s time to give back.”
Joeckel’s rookie season was cut short by a broken right ankle, and we wish him all the best as he continues his rehab from surgery. LSS and our FIT families are delighted – and privileged – to have Luke Joeckel as an advocate, role model, and friend.