Within You There Is A Fighter!
The Legacy Exists is a (501)©(3)non-profit scholarship fund that was created to exemplify the embodiment and humanitarianism of “Smokin’ Joe Frazier”. His generosity was evident in the many acts of kindness extended toward others. We expect to see these positive traits in our applicants.
The quest is to implement the “Champ’s” philosophy of hard work, unity, and self-motivation. He adamantly verbalized how crucial these characteristics were to the growth-potential of young people’s lives. This provision has been made through the implementation of a Scholarship Fund. This funding source will provide services to recipients whose families would otherwise not be able to afford the costs involved. And we know it will assist in the development of well-rounded young people who are making a positive impact on society.
Joe Frazier Statue
In 2015, front and center of the Xfinity Live NBC Sports Arena is the Joe Frazier statue and is exactly where it belongs. The massive statue stands 11 feet tall and embodies the pose after Joe's powerful and strong left hook.
If you have not visited the statue yet please do.
Smokin' Joe Frazier Boulevard
In 2018, the city of Philadelphia honored Joe by naming Glenwood Avenue after him. This recognition spans from Broad Street & Glenwood Avenue to Glennwood Avenue & Germantown Avenue. The location of this street name is heartwarming as it is adjacent to the once well-utilized Joe Frazier's Gym which was essential to the Philadelphia community in keeping young men off the streets, learning the skills of being a man boxing and so much more.
In the changing world of 2020, Joe Frazier was honored as the face of upgraded Boxer's Trail in Fairmount Park.
“Around the world, there is a fictional fighter known for embodying Philadelphia’s fighting spirit. But in Philly, we know that Smokin’ Joe Frazier and Bernard Hopkins are true-life world champions, and we are proud to make sure future generations know their stories" says Executive Director Maura McCarthy, of the new-and-improved Boxers’ Trail Gateway.
Joe Frazier Mural
In 2021, Mural Arts Philadelphia honored the Philadelphia world champion boxer Smokin’ Joe Frazier with a new mural. Mural Arts artist Ernel Martinez worked with the Frazier family in 2019 to create a design that captures the spirit of Philadelphia’s favorite fighter.
The mural was then painted with support from boxers around the city.
Weatta Frazier was born September 18, 1963 in Philadelphia, PA to Joseph and Florence Frazier. She grew up in Lafayette Hills, Pennsylvania with her parents and four siblings. In 1982, Weatta continued her education at the Art Institute of Philadelphia receiving an Associate Degree in Fashion Merchandising.
In 1988, Weatta married Gary T. Collins - they have three children.
Through the years, The Founder of The Legacy Exists has participated in volunteer service within her community.
Weatta's goals and aspirations for founding “The Legacy Exists”
is to carry out her father’s vision of continuing humanitarian
efforts to help others.