SANTA CLARA -- Wide receiver Anquan Boldin became the first 49ers player to win the NFL Players Association's Byron "Whizzer" White Award, given annually since 1967 for service to team, community and country.

Boldin's Q81 Foundation has helped underprivileged youth for over a decade, and it will host a three-day fundraiser next month in his native Florida.

"Over the years, we've had a chance to see people's lives change," Boldin said Thursday on NFL Network. "Our mission is to help people that are in need. Where I come from, there's not much opportunity. I try to create opportunity for those that don't have it."

Boldin's foundation received a $100,000 check from the NFLPA for winning the Byron "Whizzer" White Award, and 49ers CEO Jed York commended him on Twitter, too.

Courtesy Audra Melto -- Anquan Boldin carries water from the river to water crops in the Kedougou community garden in Sabodala, Senegal. Boldin, and Larry
Courtesy Audra Melto -- Anquan Boldin carries water from the river to water crops in the Kedougou community garden in Sabodala, Senegal. Boldin, and Larry Fitzgerald, right and Roddy White (not pictured) visited Senegal in March. (Audra Melton)

Boldin held a celebrity-server dinner to raise funds in San Francisco last season for his foundation. He's been heavily involved in charitable work in Phoenix, Baltimore, South Florida and especially his hometown of Pahokee, Fla. He traveled to Africa last year on a relief mission with Oxfam America, and he's also helped on Wounded Warriors and United Way campaigns.

Traded to the 49ers a year ago, Boldin re-signed with the club (two years, $12 million) earlier this month rather than test free agency for the first time in his 11-year career. He had a team-high 85 receptions for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns for the NFC runners-up.

"It was a place I fit in and it was a place I was wanted," Boldin said about re-signing. "I felt we had some unfinished business so I'm glad to be a part of the team going forward."


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That includes trying to avenge losing in the NFC Championship game to the eventual Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

"It's a game you think about the entire offseason and one of those things that motivates you on those days you don't feel like going," Boldin said.

Boldin is looking forward to playing with a full complement of offensive targets, considering fellow wideouts Michael Crabtree and Quinton Patton missed considerable time last season with injuries. Playing with quarterback Colin Kaepernick also remains highly appealing to Boldin.

"When it comes to skill set, he lacks nothing," Boldin said. "He has a strong arm, he's a smart quarterback, and he can move probably better than anybody in this league."

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