Tyler Biadasz, Center for the Dallas Cowboys, recently joined the Blocking Hunger Foundation’s executive board. Tyler has a passion for helping those in need and his community and we are thrilled to have him on the Blocking Hunger team! Get to know Tyler and why he joined the Blocking Hunger! Tyler is from Amherst, Wisconsin and where he lived with his mom, dad and brother, Joel. During high school, Tyler and his brother were involved with sports, clubs and their community. After graduating high school, Tyler attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and played football for the Badgers. During his time in Madison, Tyler found ways to be involved in the Madison area and explore his passions off of the football field. Tyler was drafted to the Dallas Cowboys in the 2020 NFL Draft. After being in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and hearing about the Blocking Hunger Foundation, Tyler was eager to join the board and help make a difference in the community.
Q: Do you have a hidden talent or hobby? What is something most people might not know about you?
A: Something people may not know about me is that I am interested in learning about the human mind, body, spirit and overall wellness. I enjoy meditating, yoga, researching and collaborating with professionals to better learn how to serve myself and others. After going through the process of being drafted in the NFL, I learned the importance of taking care of both your body and your mental health.
Q: What has been your favorite memory while playing for the Dallas Cowboys?
A: My favorite memory while playing for the Dallas Cowboys in 2021 when we played against the New England Patriots. Their stadium is known to be one of the toughest places to play at in the NFL because of their passionate fans. The stakes were high and the score remained close throughout the game but a last second field goal tied the game and the whole stadium erupted in chaos. Fans from both teams may have been on the edge of their seats, but there was no doubt in our minds that the Cowboys were going to win the game. Offense, defense, special teams and coaches all came together, which took our performance to a whole new level. This game was not only a transitional moment leading into a bye-week, but it brought our team an enhanced level of trust, confidence and camaraderie. The feeling when we scored the game winning touchdown was indescribable, and I couldn’t wait to be back home in Dallas to celebrate with our fans.
Q: What is one of your favorite things about living and being a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth community?
A: My favorite thing about the Dallas-Fort Worth community is how welcome and hospitable everyone is. After only living in Wisconsin this far in my life, I was anxious, yet excited, to experience a new environment. Although I was nervous at first, I was quick to learn that the culture of Wisconsinites and Texans are very similar. I felt at home quickly and instantly knew that I wanted to find a way that I could impact the community that welcomed me with open arms.
Q: How did you hear about the Blocking Hunger Foundation?
A: When I was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, Travis Frederick reached out to personally congratulate me. Travis and I both played for the Badgers. I respected him as a player and often used his film to mold my game. When Travis contacted me a few weeks after the draft to discuss the Blocking Hunger Foundation, I was intrigued to learn more about what he had built in the community that I was soon to be a part of.
Q: Why did you ultimately decide to join the Blocking Hunger Foundation?
A: My experience of being raised in a small town helped me understand that giving back and engaging in the community is a great way to meet people and inspire change quickly. The Blocking Hunger Foundation gave me the opportunity to make an impact and achieve greatness.
Q: The Blocking Hunger Foundation is on a mission to end childhood hunger. Why are you passionate about our mission and cause?
A: No child should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, especially in a country as rich as ours. Children should worry about whose kickball team they are going to be on during recess, not how they will get their next meal when they leave school for weekends or breaks.
Q: Do you have any goals for the Blocking Hunger Foundation? What do you want to see the foundation accomplish in the next few years?
A: I want to see the foundation grow and continue to flourish over the years. This means continuing our Nourish2Flourish program and pantries as a means to provide meals and support to children in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex that face food insecurity. I am hopeful that together, we can continue to grow the number of children the foundation serves. One personal goal I have for the foundation is to open a new pantry; Tyler’s Pantry. This new pantry would allow us to reach new students that are not currently being served in our community. If you are interested in supporting this goal, please reach out to us!
Q: How can people get involved with the Blocking Hunger Foundation?
A: One of the best ways people can get involved with The Blocking Hunger Foundation is to visit our website to view our upcoming events and/or to donate! If you are interested, we are always in need of support from donors and sponsors to support our larger initiatives. You can also share about the Blocking Hunger Foundation through social media. By tagging us or sharing our posts with your network, we can reach more people and block hunger together! To help spread the word about the Blocking Hunger Foundation, give our post a like or share!