The Ernie Sims Big HITS Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by former Florida State Seminole and 9th overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, Ernie Sims III. Since 2008, Big HITS Foundation has been offering community enrichment events, support and youth programs to empower and strengthen youth and families in the Big Bend area.

Our Foundation includes three main areas of community outreach:

  • Mentorship and Educational Program
  • Annual Charity Weekend
  • Student Athlete Scholarships
  • Community Outreach and Empowerment.

Ernie Sims Big HITS Foundation’s motto lies within its name, HITS, which stands for “Helping to Instill Tools for Success”.

Big HITS Mission: To empower and strengthen youth, families and communities through developing the body, mind and spirit for success.

Our Vision: To see youth and young adults succeed in life and reach their maximum potential.

Our Values:

  • Respect: Treating others how you want to be treated.
  • Will: Developing a mindset that no matter the circumstances, give maximum effort.
  • Relationships: Understanding the influential power of relationships.
  • Love: Willing to sacrifice for the betterment of others.
  • Knowledge: Educating a new generation of leaders.

“Character is the real foundation of all worthwhile success.”

John Hays Hammond