Established by Will Shields, former Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro Right Guard, the Will to Succeed Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, operating within the Kansas City Metro area, facilitates programs, provides assistance and resources to individuals, families and other charitable organizations who have little or no access to other aid. Most specifically, "Will to Succeed" seeks to inspire, guide and improve the lives of abused, battered and neglected women and children.



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December 3, 2007

Will to Succeed Foundation Honors Eagle Scout, Brian Junge


The Will to Succeed Foundation honored Eagle Scout, Brian Junge, with a plaque for his book collection project coordinated through the Foundation.  The recognition ceremony took place at Will to Succeed Foundation’s annual Celebration charity event, December 3, 2007.


A 13 year old 8th Grader at Oxford Middle School, Junge attained the rank of Eagle Scout in September, 2007, after participating in Cub and Boy Scouting for only 8 years.


For his Eagle Scout project, Brian orchestrated the book drive by going door-to-door to collect books, personally working at a charity golf tournament in exchange for cash donations to the project, coordinating a book collection at his church and working with the Johnson County Public Libraries and Olathe School District to obtain books they no longer used. Brian then personally stored and sorted the books by various age and reading levels; these efforts simplified distribution to targeted recipients.


Brian’s efforts, amounting to 135 hours on task, resulted in the collection of 8,459 books!  The books were donated to the following organizations:


                        5,942 books: Marillac     
1,300 books: Healthy Families Counseling & Support

                           978 books: Reach Out and Read  

                           239 books: Nursing home and Church                     


His charitable endeavor also resulted in the accumulation of $1,500 in cash contributions, which he donated to the Will to Succeed Foundation.


At the event, Foundation founder, Will Shields, publicly commented: “ …please accept this plaque in behalf of us (Will & Senia Shields) and the Will to Succeed Foundation - our gratitude for your generosity of spirit and your attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.  You are a role model not only for your peers but also the community.”


Brian Junge also actively participates in his school’s concert band, jazz band, student government, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), football, basketball, track and baseball, and is active in his church youth group.