Our Mission

In 2013, Jay Foreman founded The Foreman Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, which strives to enhance the lives of people living with diabetes. The Foreman Foundation gives both youth and adults an opportunity to access top notch education and resources to help their fight against diabetes. With many family and friends affected by diabetes, Mr. Foreman and the Foreman Foundation are committed to helping find a cure for diabetes.

The Foreman Foundation will host charity events, football camps, and various galas. Our focus is on raising funds in an effort to fight diabetes as well as bringing awareness to communities in regards to this terrible disease. We believe, with the proper education and research, a cure for diabetes can be found.

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About

After the passing of Jay’s grandfather from complications of diabetes, Jay made it a goal to honor his grandfather in anyway. Once in the NFL, Jay made numerous appearances for the ADA in Buffalo and Houston. Every appearance was a learning experience for Jay. And after gaining enough knowledge to create his own purpose, he founded the Foreman Foundation in 2013. The Foreman Foundation is a 501c3 that aims to raise awareness and funds for diabetics.

The Foreman Foundation will host different charity events from bowling, golf tournaments and galas to raise money to help the fight against diabetes. These funds help provide grants to organizations locally that can service and reach more people than the Foreman Foundation can by itself. In special cases the Foreman Foundation provides grants to individuals as well. The annual Foreman Foundation 44 Turkey drive began by providing 44 families with a Turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. Every year the goal is to provide more families with a Thanksgiving Dinner. In recent years, the foundation has grown that number and given out 100’s of turkeys to ensure families in need have access to healthy food during the holidays.

Who is Jay?

Jay Foreman, originally from Minneapolis, MN, is a former NFL player who played college football for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. Jay is also the son of Minnesota Viking great and five time pro bowler, Chuck Foreman.

Jay played football for the University of Nebraska from 1994-1998, helping the team win 3 National Championships. Jay went on to play 9 years in the National Football League (NFL) and made two postseason appearances during his nine year NFL career. He played for the Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, New York Giants, and San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League.

While playing football at the University of Nebraska, Jay earned a BS degree in Business Administration in 3 ½ years. During his NFL off-seasons, he completed an MBA at Harvard University. During his time in Houston, he began a charitable foundation known as “Foreman Friends,” an organization that assisted abused, underprivileged kids in group-homes.

Mr. Foreman has established himself throughout the country as a professional speaker and sports commentator. Jay has done numerous projects in the sports broadcasting arena in both TV and radio. He has worked for Comcast Sports Network in Houston and does radio broadcasting for ESPN 1480 and 1620 The Zone.

In 2013 Jay Foreman founded The Foreman Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, which strives to enhance the lives of people living with diabetes. The Foreman Foundation gives both youth and adults an opportunity to access top notch education and resources to help their fight against diabetes.

In 2017, Jay became a published author, releasing his first book, Iron Will, What One Man Needed to Survive the Blessing and the Curse of the NFL.

Jay continues to pursue his passion of non-profit work with The Foreman Foundation as well as continuing as a professional speaker to high schools, colleges, corporations and associations across the country.

Jay currently resides in Nebraska and is married to Allison. Together they are raising their blended family of 4 children, two daughters Soleil and Ciel and two sons, Logan and Grant.

Our Board of Directors

Each and every person on our Board of Directors is passionate about the fight against diabetes and dedicated to enhancing the lives of those living with or affected by diabetes.

Jay ForemanPresident
Kevin M. SassVice President
Paula J. SassSecretary
Allison ForemanTreasurer
Chuck ForemanBoard
Jason PetersBoard

Q & A

Some commonly asked questions.

Q: Tell us about the Foreman Foundation. What led to your decision to focus the Foreman Foundation’s efforts on diabetes?

I have lost three family members, including my grandfather with whom I was very close, to complications directly related to type 2 diabetes. In addition, I have several other family members who are currently diagnosed. The closeness of diabetes to my family has resulted in my quest for knowledge and awareness of this disease.

Q: What do you remember about your grandfather’s diabetes growing up?

I remember he had a stroke; essentially his health and lifestyle spiraled out of control. This led to both legs being amputated and eventually his death. It was hard for me to grasp because throughout all of my youth, he was a very strong, fit man. He was my hero. It is very scary to consider how quickly this disease can become a silent killer.

Q: You are a former professional athlete. How does this impact your decision making regarding exercise and nutrition, now that you’ve retired?

For the first two years after I retired, I worked out as if I were still playing. Since becoming a business executive, it has become harder to find time to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I believe this is something many people can relate to; however, I also believe this is a problem that can be fixed. My focus on the Foreman Foundation has led me back to exercise and healthy living.

Q: How do you stay on track? What keeps you disciplined and health conscious?

When I get off-track, I think of my grandfather’s death. I also think about my kids. I want to be healthy, fit, and mobile so I can spend as much time with them as possible.

Q: What is your message about diabetes?

Diabetes is consistently listed among the leading causes of death; it does not discriminate. We are committed to ending this cycle through education and prevention. Join us in the fight to strike out diabetes!