Continuing their commitment to support the social justice causes of their players, the NFL and its 32 teams on Tuesday announced the renewals of partnerships with 21 national organizations and another $6.5 million in donations designed to help strengthen economically disadvantaged communities and shrink the digital divide.
Since 2017, when players – inspired by Colin Kaepernick’s efforts to draw attention to social injustice, systemic oppression and police brutality against people of color – lobbied the NFL and team owners for assistance, the league and its 32 franchises have donated more than $244 million to 37 national grant partners and hundreds of grassroots organizations across the country. At the time, the league committed to donate $250 million over a 10-year span, but the work of the last five years is close to surpassing that target goal, and the NFL aims to continue its partnerships with the Players Coalition. The work includes more than 1,800 Inspire Change matching grants that the NFL Foundation has awarded current and former players to further their charitable efforts.
“The NFL is proud to renew its commitment to these 21 organizations as they continue to drive positive change in communities nationwide,” Anna Isaacson, NFL Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility, said in a statement. “The greater societal needs that these organizations serve represent the core tenets behind Inspire Change, and their meaningful work and measurable impact continue to inspire the NFL in its ongoing quest for social justice.”
As part of the work, the Player-Owner Social Justice Working Group approved an additional $480,000 ($15,000 per team) to strengthen each franchise’s local charitable efforts that are focused on helping struggling communities of color address the longstanding need for improved internet and technology access.
The 21 Inspire Change national grant partners are Alabama Appleseed, Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), Breakthrough Miami, Center for Policing Equity (CPE), City Year, Community Justice Exchange, Covenant House, Just City, Ladies of Hope Ministries (LOHM), MENTOR, Metropolitan Family Services, National Urban League, Oregon Justice Resource Center (OJRC), Operation HOPE, Per Scholas, Texas Appleseed, US Dream Academy and Vera Institute of Justice.
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