Former 49ers linebacker and Bruceton native Patrick Willis dedicates new fitness zone in hometown

The town of Bruceton celebrated the return of a hometown hero and the dedication of a new fitness zone last week as former San Francisco 49ers linebacker and Bruceton native Patrick Willis launched his new charity.

Excited residents, curious onlookers and childhood friends of Willis’ gathered at the Bruceton Memorial Park as Bruceton Mayor Robert Keeton III snapped the ceremonial scissors with Willis, opening the wide array of athletic equipment to the public.

The event marked the debut of Willis’ “The Whinker’s Mind Youth Fund,” a philanthropic organization working to bring accessible physical fitness to all youth.

“Patrick is being inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame in two weeks, and in honor of his induction, he wanted to thank those who had been a part of his growing up,” said Joanne Pasternack, president and CEO of Oliver Rose, a philanthropic consultancy group that has been working with Willis on the project. “So he’s launching his Patrick Willis Youth Fund—the Whinker’s Mind Youth Fund, and to launch it he wanted to give back to Bruceton.”

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