Sickle Cell aWAREness Foundation founder Spencer Ware is currently a running back for the Kansas City Chiefs. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Spencer attended and played football at Sharonville Princeton High School.
Spencer was a highly touted high school recruit as he went on to play college football for LSU. Few know that Spencer also play some games for the LSU college baseball team. During his career at LSU, Spencer became a second-team ALL-SEC selection. That same year he became an SEC Champion, as the LSU Bulldogs defeated the Georgia Bulldogs.
Foregoing his senior season at LSU, Spencer was a sixth round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Towards the end of his rookie season Spencer was signed in free agency by the Kansas City (KC) Chiefs, his current home. In his third season for the Chiefs Spencer had been given his calling card.
With Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles being injured, Spencer was made the starting running back for the 2016 season. Spencer capitalized by having a pro-bowl callable year. In 14 starts Spencer ran for 921 years, had 3 rushing touchdowns and also caught 33 passes for 447 yards with 2 receiving touchdowns.
For the 2017 season Spencer was projected to be the starter but unfortunately suffered a season ending injury. Fo(r) What It's Worth, as Spencer always says, he used this time off the field to give back to the KC and Cincinnati communities. For example, Spencer treated The children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati to a 'Special Kids Day' (pictured right)! In the last few seasons Spencer has continued to be philanthropic, attending many charity events including a leukemia event in KC this year as well as multiple visits to the KC Mercy Children's Hospital.
Through all his charity work Spencer's heart has always been stronger for one certain cause that affected him personally his entire life: Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Read Spencer's Story to see why. That is why in 2017 Spencer created the Sickle Cell aWAREness Foundation. Spencer also created his own clothing line Yes Lawd, which happens to give a portion of its sales back to his foundation. Spencer is excited to give back through his foundation in 2018 and beyond!
Spencer pictured with a child from the Boys & Girls Club, as part of 'Special Kids Day'.