Larry Holmes’ 5th Annual Heart of a Legend Golf Event


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Heart of a Legend 

“A true legend is determined by what deflects from the heart”


Philadelphia, PA, June 3, 2019
Post By: Gayle Jackson, President, DeSean Jackson Foundation

Diane and Larry Holmes

Please join Larry and Diane Holmes for their 5th Annual Heart of the Legend Golf Tournament, July 8, 2019, Riverview Country Club, Easton, PA. Mr. Holmes, “The Easton Assassin“, Heavyweight Champ, and his lovely wife, Diane, are extremely involved in domestic and international philanthropic endeavors; and, Mr. Holmes makes appearances and donates memorabilia to many charities to raise funds to sustain their programs.

However, the Holmes state that, “Our hearts go out to the City of Easton and all of the proceeds from our annual Heart of a Legend Celebrity Golf Outing is reinvested into various charitable outreach programs and events for the betterment of Easton, PA.”

DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles, W.R., says, “I was honored to have The Champ, Larry Holmes, support my inaugural DeSean Jackson Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing, at Landsdowne Resort, in 2015.” The Champ donated his time, entertained the media, golfers and guests; and, golfed in a suit,dress shoes and “dripping” in diamonds. I am appealing to all sports fans and mine specifically to support the Holmes even if you don’t golf you will definitely be entertained.”

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DeSean Jackson embracing leadership role with young Eagles teammates


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By: Glenn Erby

When you watch the Philadelphia Eagles practice, the guy wearing No. 10 displays the same game-breaking speed and amazing burst on his routes, but something’s extremely different this time around for DeSean Jackson. Now 32 years old, Jackson has embraced the leadership role that accompanies a player of his stature.

“Just really being able to mature,” Jackson said on his mindset after his release from the Eagles, via 24/7 Sports. “When I was here I was young the first time around. Leaving, just kind of stepping up and being a pro, taking my job seriously. Not saying I never took my job serious before. It took time to grow and just to learn. I’ve been through a lot and I have a lot to give back to the young guys.

“Like JJ (Arcega-Whiteside). He’s asking me questions about routes and all the younger guys. I just have a lot to offer to these young dudes. That’s what I’m here for.”

Arcega-Whiteside, the rookie wide receiver from Stanford University, has probably benefited the most from DeSean Jackson’s return to the Eagles and the valuable experience he offers.

“He’s a great leader. Every time I ask him a question, he stands aside and makes sure he knows what I’m asking,” Arcega-Whiteside said (via Eagles Press Pass). “He’s been very helpful. I mean, he’s played 12 years in the league. He definitely knows a thing or two.”

Jackson without a doubt is a changed man since he last donned the Eagles uniform and if he translates that league-leading 18 yard per reception into huge gains for the Eagles, then things will have come full circle for the man known simply as, D-Jax.

How Nipsey Hussle’s death led DeSean Jackson to Boys’ Latin


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Repost by:  DeSean Jackson Foundation, 5/24/2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was about halfway through his Q&A session with the students at Boys’ Latin Charter School in West Philly on Wednesday, and to that point he had fielded only football-related questions. Knowing there were bigger issues at hand, he took it upon himself to change the direction of the conversation.

“Let’s try to switch it a little bit,” Jackson finally said to a group of about 150 high schoolers, who sat at rapt attention as Jackson spoke from the stage in a surprise appearance. “Let’s go to everyday life, when you all leave from school, any obstacles you are all going through.”

Jackson was aware of the series of tragedies that had struck this community. Boys’ Latin, the only public all-boys school in Philadelphia, lost four students to homicide or suicide in the 2017-18 school year alone, according to lead student support officer Kenyon Meeks. One of the victims was William Bethel, a 16-year-old athlete who was slain on Easter Sunday in 2018. Bethel shared a connection with Jackson, having attended Jackson’s youth football camp during his first stint with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Meeks was a supporter of that camp and built a relationship with the star receiver over time. He helped arrange Jackson’s first trip to Boys’ Latin in 2013. It was the death of artist Nipsey Hussle, Jackson’s longtime friend, that prompted Meeks to reach out to Jackson for a return appearance, as he identified a common thread that could tie a success story to a group of young men in need of some hope and direction. Jackson was moved to help.

“We brought in DeSean Jackson today because of the recent Nipsey Hussle situation, related to the loss of some of our students,” Meeks said. “One of the key things for me was, how do I bridge that gap with our students that are feeling down and depressed, or just have to deal with the everyday aspect of being out here in West Philly?

“We have had our shares of ups and downs, and it was nice to finally have some joy here.”

Jackson remained hidden behind a side door in the school cafeteria before being introduced by the principal. He was greeted by a roar of applause when he emerged, and he went down the line shaking the hands of all the boys in the first row before hopping up on stage. He spoke of his journey from the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles to the NFL, and the pitfalls that had to be navigated along the way. It wasn’t long before he evoked Hussle’s name for the first time.

“I’m sure everybody in this room heard about the Nipsey Hussle situation, right?” Jackson asked, the crowd responding with a resounding “Yeah” in unison. “That was my boy, man. I grew up with him. That still hurts my heart to this day. Because it’s not really the enemies, it’s the people in your inner circle you’ve got to watch out for. You get to a certain point where you feel comfortable. You’ve got everybody praising you for what you do where you come from, sometimes you let down your guard. I’m going to tell you guys here today, just be careful.


Rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside of his store in Los Angeles, Marathon Clothing, in late March. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File
“You have to really understand: What are you in it for? Are you in it to win or to lose? Every day I chase to win. I don’t chase to lose. We’re not losers. Everybody in this room today has a destination in life. You’ve got a born date and you’ve got a death date. In between that time, how are you going to make the most out of it?”

Hussle was fatally shot outside his store in Los Angeles, Marathon Clothing, in late March. According to Meeks, Hussle’s death affected his students “on a level that you wouldn’t even believe,” saying that it “just uprooted everything that we have been through as a school community.”

Besides his music, Hussle was known for being an agent of change for the area in which he grew up, a neighborhood he stayed loyal to his entire life.

Hailing from the same area in South Central Los Angeles, Jackson and Hussle were friends for more than 15 years. Jackson will be wearing custom cleats to honor him this season.

Once he redirected the conversation, Jackson was asked about the neighborhood he came from and difficulties it presented. He spoke of his upbringing in the Crenshaw district, where “all people know is Crips and Bloods,” and where wearing the wrong color clothing can put you in peril. He had a decision to make: go into the streets and “hang out with my homeboys that’s just killing, that’s robbing, that’s selling drugs” or try to make a positive impact by pursuing his dream to be a professional football player.

“It’s obstacles,” Jackson said. “And I’m sure in your neck of the woods, where you come from, it’s the same.”

“It really touched me, because my uncle and a couple of my friends were killed due to gun violence,” said Jeremiah Carter, a Boys’ Latin senior and defensive lineman who is slated to attend Morehouse College in the fall, “so it helped to see somebody that comes from the same situation as that being in a higher place in life, and it motivates me to focus on, OK, even though bad things happen to people, that you can still push through that.”


Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson speaks to a group of students from the Boys’ Latin Charter School in West Philadelphia on Wednesday.

That spoke to Jackson’s overall message, one inspired by Hussle: to make something of yourself so you can one day create the change you want to see in your community.

“It’s the same stuff Nipsey was on,” Jackson said. “Like Jay Z said, ‘Go buy up the block.’ That’s what we need to do as young black men, and any other race, you’ve really got to go back and buy up the block.

“Anytime you’re able to do anything, put your best foot forward and change the culture. We’ve got to come together as one.”


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DeSean Jackson Leaves a Lasting Impression on Tampa’s Youth


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May 21, 2019

DeSEAN Jackson Leaves a Lasting Impression on Tampa’s Youth

Shaka Jasper, Chairman of the Pi Iota Chapter, of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the students from the Ernest E. Just Elementary, Just Omega Gentlemen’s Club, reached out to Philadelphia Eagle, DeSean Jackson, to thank him for the lasting impression; and, impact Jackson made in their lives during his tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


“Although, DeSean Jackson is no longer playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers his presence is still being felt here in the Tampa Bay area”, states Jasper. “Through the emotional dedication and donation made by the DeSean Jackson Foundation, 20 boys, in the Just Elementary Omega Gentlemen’s Program; and 20 girls from the girls program were treated to a day of fun and fellowship, at PK’s Play Zone, as a result of a generous donation from DeSean Jackson. Although, his time here wasn’t long, DeSean Jackson made a substantial impact in our community and the lives of the young men he mentored in the Just Omega Gentlemen’s Club. He will be greatly missed here in the Tampa Bay area; and, we wish him the best of luck in his return to the Philadelphia Eagles.”


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More About the Ernest E. Just Elementary Omega Gents

The Omega Gent’s mentoring program was established at E.E. Just Elementary, Title I. School, in Tampa, in 2010. Omega Psi Fraternity, along with school personnel, have been mentoring about 35 students a year. This club’s program ideas are based on the vision of Stephen G Peters, founder of the original Gentlemen’s Club, that was established at Just Elementary in 2008. Its vision is for all students to become life-long learners and have an impact in their community.

Just Elementary is located in West Tampa across from the North Boulevard Homes, where students have been a product of generational poverty. Just is a Title I school with 98% of its students receiving free or reduced lunch. Although, the community is undergoing redevelopment, the population has decreased due to gentrification, and the needs of the students who remain unchanged.

Contact for E.E. Just Elementary: Ire Carolina, Principal, (813) 276-5708, website:

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DeSean Jackson Foundation Supports Street Car of Hope Donation Drive


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img_0454 (1) Gayle Jackson, President, DeSean Jackson Foundation and Kayla Phillips, Actress/Model/Entrepreneur

On December 10, DeSean Jackson, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the DeSean Jackson Foundation answered an appeal for support from 95.7 The Beat (Tampa Bay’s Hip Hop & R&B Station) for its’ inaugural holiday Street Car of Hope Donation Drive, at West Shore Plaza, to collect toys, clothing, household items, gift cards to fill the TECO Line Streetcar.

Proceeds and in-kind donations from the event were distributed to The Spring of Tampa Bay and The Guardian ad Litem Program of Hillsborough County. The DeSean Jackson Foundation and Kayla Phillips made a generous donation to the event; and, Gayle Jackson, President, of the foundation appealed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ fans for support during the event. DeSean Jackson was unable to attend the event but did make a public statement of support and appreciation to 95.7 for the impact they are making in changing the lives of vulnerable individuals, families and children in our community.

IMG_0446.jpgKayla Phillips, Desmond Jackson (DeSean Jackson’s brother) and Gayle Jackson

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About: The Spring of Tampa Bay. Mission: To Prevent Domestic Violence, Protect Victims and promote Change in the Lives, Families and the Community. For more information, please visit

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DeSean Jackson Scheduled to Visit Just Elementary and Stewart Middle School Today

For Immediate Release

Contact: Gayle Jackson, DeSean Jackson Foundation


One Team, One Purpose!

DeSean Jackson, CEO and Co-Founder, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation, and his mother, Gayle Jackson, are scheduled to visit Ernest Just Elementary and Stewart Middle School, Tampa, Florida. Mr. Jackson is scheduled to arrive at Ernest Just Elementary at 12:30 p.m. to meet with the high-regarded principal, Principal Ire Carolina,students and faculty; and, the Jacksons will continue on to Stewart Middle School directly afterwards to make a presentation of new books to the esteemed principal of Stewart Middle Magnet School, Dr. Baretta Wilson.
dr. wilsonDr. Barretta Wilson, Principal, Stewart Middle School with DeSean and Byron Jackson (DeSean’s brother)

Gayle Jackson, a former probation officer in Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA, states that today’s visits will, hopefully, raise social consciousness to the national dialogue regarding social injustice, disparities and gentrification; and, showcase two schools that are changing the lives of vulnerable families and children in their communities regardless of their dire circumstances.
ernest just day 27Ire Carolina, Principal, Ernest Just Elementary and DeSean Jackson, CEO, DeSean Jackson Foundation

Principal Carolina states, “Our vision, at Ernest Just Elementary, is for students to become life-long learners and have a positive impact on their community. Just Elementary is located in West Tampa across from North Boulevard Homes where students have been a product of generational poverty”. Stewart Middle School is in walking distance from Just Elementary, states DeSean Jackson, and its awesome to see how the students excel under Dr. Wilson’s leadership. Both Dr. Wilson and Principal Carolina are dedicated to providing their students and families with as many opportunities as possible to prepare them academically and socially for life’s challenges.

It is imperative, Gayle Jackson states, that my son know the true meaning of Social Justice, and to use the platform that he has been blessed with to impact the lives of those who have no voice. Today, marks another step in that direction in our lives as a family and advocates for social change.

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DeSean Breaks Jerry Rice’s Record with 60 TD Catch


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Published on October 28, 2018

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DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, broke Jerry’s Rice’s record for the most touchdown catches of 60 or more yards during Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati BengalsDeSean Jackson now has 24 career touchdowns of 60 or more yards, which is the most in NFL history.  Jackson was humbled when he received a congratulatory Tweet from Jerry Rice who he regards as the G.O.A.T. [Greatest of All Time] who shared his wisdom and knowledge about the game early in his Jackson’s career.

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston hit DeSean Jackson in the second quarter before the veteran went untouched for the score to make the game 21-6. DeSean Jackson reached another career milestone in last week’s win over the Cleveland Browns when he became the 47th NFL player to reach 10,000 receiving yards.

During the post-game interviews, Jackson expressed his gratitude to the Tampa Buccaneers, the Glazer Family and his teammates for giving him the opportunity to achieve this major milestone in his career.  “I take pride in knowing that I achieved this goal in a Bucs‘ jersey for our team and the Buccaneer fans” stated Jackson.


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Bucs players add support to Tampa ex-offender program


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Repost By:  J. Adams, DeSean Jackson Foundation: October 16, 2018

Bucs players add support to Tampa ex-offender program

TAMPA — Buccaneers players spent Tuesday morning at Abe Brown Ministries in Belmont Heights listening to stories of redemption. The second stop on the team’s player-driven Social Justice Initiative schedule saw players immersed in a classroom setting alongside those currently making the adjustment from incarceration to becoming productive members of the workforce.
They heard a testimonial from Khadijah Lee, who served time for a drug conviction but through the Ready4Work Hillsborough ex-offender support program at Abe Brown Ministries now works at the Hillsborough County public defender’s office. “I think just in general, it was everyone’s openness and candidness that stood out,” said Bucs offensive guard Ali Marpet, who is one the initiative’s player board. “It’s not easy to talk about your life story to complete strangers and the fact that everyone was able to do that was really a testament to who they are. It’s really powerful stuff.”The Buccaneers’ year-round Social Justice Initiative, which was launched last month, was created to focus on police relations, criminal justice reform, racial equality, workforce development and youth empowerment.

The program was born when players wanted to make a grassroots effort to address social injustice issues beyond the on-field kneeling during the national anthem. “These were things that were important to the players,” said Bucs co-owner and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation president Darcie Glazer Kassewitz. “They are putting this together. They are leading this. Prisons, back-to-work, empowerment for people, this is something they are very interested in. … That’s the beautiful thing about this program. It’s player-led, so it’s whatever touches their passion individually. That’s why it’s going to be so true and authentic, and why it’s going to be so amazing.”The program’s first event took players to Tampa Police Department’s Citizens Academy, where they reenacted scenarios in which officers must make life-changing decisions quickly.

Tuesday’s visit took them to a much different side to the spectrum, listening to those who have served time in jail and now are trying to overcome the stigma being labeled as criminals. Through the Ready4Work program, clients go through a four-to-six week, five-time a week career development crash course, the first step of helping them get jobs and reunite with their families. The program began locally four years ago, and of the 800 clients, 500 have completed the career development program, said Abe Brown Ministries president and Ready4Work director Robert Blount. It can be a challenge to getting clients jobs. Candidates have a 70 percent placement rate ad a 70 percent retention rate of being on the job 90 days of longer, Blount said. Blount said having the Bucs players —seven players attended the event, including Social Justice player board members Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith —visit a class offered “mutual exposure.”

Justice player board members Marpet and Donovan Smith —visit a class offered “mutual exposure.”

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The player-led, year-round Tampa Bay Buccaneers Social Justice Initiative — created with $1 million in matching funds from the Glazer family — has adopted the motto, “We are the change.” @Buccaneers @TB_Times @NFLSTROUD 

“I think it puts a face on it for them,” Blount said. “It goes beyond an Orange County jail uniform or a state prison blue suit. It goes beyond a DOC number. These are mothers, these are fathers. They’re real people like you and I, so I think it helps them to kind of put it in perspective, yeah you hear this label, but these are real people like you and I.“They’re more than just a label. From an athlete’s standpoint, I’m sure some of them have been labeled. Yeah, he’s just a dumb jock. So having to endure and overcome those labels, knowing that just because you have that label, you don’t have to accept it.”

Smith sat next to Kingson Aristil, who served 10 years in jail. Aristil, who ran track, cross country and played baseball at an Orlando high school, was incarcerated when he was 18. He is in his fourth week of the Ready4Work program, and looks forward to owning his own business one day.“For the first five years of my incarceration, I beat myself up about seeing guys I went to school with make it pro,” Aristil said. “A little bit of jealousy and envy went through me because I felt like I needed to be them. … Right now, in my life, I’m getting to a point of contentment. I’m happy seeing guys who are younger than me in the NFL doing what they need to do and coming back and giving back. I was broken. I was hurt. I thought I would never be able to compensate for the 10 years that I lost. My spirit feels at peace here. I feel humble here. I feel love.”

“Football and life parallels in a lot of ways,” the Bucs’ Donovan Smith said. “It’s about second chances. Every day, we’re given the chance to be our best. Unfortunately, in society, poorly-made decisions in people’s lives can kind of negate those chance. To come to a place where they are able to be in the path on their way back to normal society, it’s huge. We wanted to make it a point to be there and understand and sit down and talk with the people who are going through these things and hit it all. “Everybody goes through things,” he added, “Just hearing their stories and their similarities, it’s was lack of a better word, weird, because we are on two different ends to the spectrum, but we have similar backgrounds. It was just great to get here and hear the testimonies and just sit down one-on-one with them.

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Bucs announce social justice initiative


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Bucs announce social justice initiative