In 2007, the Eyes of a Champion program was born. "EYES" takes on the issue of eye care to the children of Arkansas.
The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation in cooperation with the Wal-Mart/Sam's Optical Department, and independent optometrists across the state provide free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. These are children who would otherwise not receive the eye care and eyewear they need to do their best work in school and perform their best at play.
Many families are trying as hard as they can and still can barely pay the bills. There are single mothers who are working two jobs and are trying to be both mom and dad for their children. There are those too proud to ask for help and who need a helping hand.
Eye care is a luxury these struggling families can ill afford. We want to make a difference in the lives of these children. This program is available to every public school nurse and counselor in the state Arkansas. They know the children struggling and have a firm grip on the eye care needs of the school. Our vision is to reach out to the surrounding states and eventually nationwide.
Qualifying students must:
1) Have a family income of less than $60,000 annually
2) Shall not be enrolled in state insurance (such as ArKids) or have Medicaid
3) Shall not have private vision insurance
Online Application: in English | en Français | en Español
Applications must be submitted by school nurses and counselors only.
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40
Vickie Burlsworth - Executive Director and Cindi Hagood - Assistant Executive Director for the Eyes of a Champion program
In Arkansas, this firm is not licensed to make eye examinations. Eye examinations are provided by state licensed, independent doctors of Optometry. A valid eye doctor’s prescription is required. Program good through 6/30/17. Limit 20 eye glasses per participating Wal-Mart/Sam’s Vision Centers, 1300 total. Additional restrictions may apply.