About Us-

The Battle of the Trenches Foundation (BOTF) was created to help at risks youths develop into positive young men through coaching, character building, football, life skills, and mentoring. BOTF was established in 2015 by NFL Alumni Julius Williams, and 2x Super Bowl Champion Anthony Smith. Our team consists of many professional athletes and corporate professionals that reflect the community. BOTF has taken a vested interest in America’s next generation.


BOTF seeks to acquire funding through sponsorships, grants and corporate partnerships so that we may continue to provide professional level coaching and mentoring to the most underserved youth, including those from drug addicted homes, high crime areas, and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.


BOTF creatively, and strategically combines NFL training programs with mentoring and character-building curriculums. We seek to increase accountability, academic excellence, and athletic scholarships awarded to participants in our programs. American football provides youth with experiences and skill sets that will help them in every aspect of their lives academically and professionally. We believe football and life skills can change lives for the better by providing players with valuable lessons in character, perseverance, teamwork, and sportsmanship.


Battle of the Trenches Foundation (“BTF”) is operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178), a Maryland charitable trust with federal tax-exempt status from the IRS as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3). Contributions to BTF are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.