Monster Energy Outbreak Inaugural $50K Charity Challenge Celebrity Basketball Game

On July 17, 2018, the stars came out for the $50K Charity Challenge Celebrity Basketball Game, presented by Monster Energy Outbreak. The event took over the Pauley Pavilion at UCLA the night before the ESPYs and included such talent as DeSean Jackson, All-Pro wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Eric Dickerson, Simeon Rice, Terrell Owens, Rashad Jennings, Maria Menounos, Iggy Azalea, Blake Griffin, Floyd Mayweather, Tyga, Colton Underwood, Nick Viall, Kendra Wilkinson, Feli Fel, Lindsay Arnold, Rampage Jackson, Omarion, Saweetie, Kendra Wilkinson, James Kyson, Michael Blackson and more.

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2018 Monster Energy Outbreak Celebrity Basketball Team Members

The inaugural $50K Charity Challenge Celebrity Basketball Game hit the hardwood at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. Presented by the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour and Live Nation, this special event raised money and awareness for multiple charities in addition to the host beneficiary, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend’s WHO Cares initiative Teen Cancer America.

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Eric Dickerson’s team, sponsored by Boom Cups, defeated Andre Drummond’s team, which included DeSean Jackson who ‘balled out’, (playing for the Andre Drummond Philanthropic Fund), sponsored by Charity Bids, to win the $30,000 for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation. The final score was 71-64.

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Floyd Mayweather & Brittney Elena

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Halftime featured musical performances by Tyga, Iggy Azalea and Saweetie, as well as a 3-Point and Free Throw Contest where celebrity participants played for the charity of their choice to win $5,000 for their charity. Jack McClinton (CEO of Active Dreamers) won the 3-Point Contest and there was a three-way tie between Lindsay Arnold (Dancing with the Stars), Colton Underwood (NFL/The Bachelorette) and Brittney Elena (MTV’s Wild N Out) for the Free Throw Contest.

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DeSean “DJACC” Jackson – Red Carpet Arrival

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Rashad Jennings – Red Carpet Arrival

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Tyga and Iggy Azalea

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Eric Dickerson

Photos by:  ivien Killilea/Getty Images

DeSean Jackson on the swagger and ‘savviness’ he brings to the Bucs

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson takes questions from the media during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson takes questions from the media during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
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TAMPA — It starts below the sparkling diamond piercing his left ear: 1 of 1, Fear NONE!

There might not be a better description of DeSean Jackson than the one tattooed on DeSean Jackson.

At 5 feet 10 and 175 pounds, Jackson is pound for pound maybe the toughest player in the NFL.

Now 30, he somehow has maintained his electrifying speed and was clocked as the second-fastest man in the league last season.

His story is the kind they make movies about. In fact, they made a documentary of it. DeSean Jackson: The Making of a Father’s Dream.

Jackson’s father, Bill, was a bus driver who moved his family from New Jersey to the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles. He drove his sons, Byron and DeSean, hard enough to become NFL players. Byron played receiver for two years on the Chiefs practice squad and is now a filmmaker.

Bill was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during DeSean’s rookie season as a second-round pick of the Eagles, which included a run to the NFC Championship Game. He died in 2009.

Seven receivers were taken ahead of Jackson out of Cal, and only he and the Packers’ Jordy Nelson remain in the NFL. But Jackson was an instant star with the Eagles as a receiver and kick returner.

He earned a reputation for preening and adding much flash to go with his dash. Twice he dropped the ball at the 1-yard line in a premature touchdown but there’s no denying his greatness. Jackson’s career average is 17.7 yards per reception. He’s two catches shy of 500 and has 8,819 receiving yards and 46 touchdowns.

But his six seasons with the Eagles came to an abrupt end when the team released Jackson, reportedly for his work ethic and attitude but also for his alleged ties to Los Angeles street gang members.

Jackson rebuilt his career in three seasons with Washington before signing a three-year, $33.5 million contract with the Bucs with $20 million guaranteed.

Jackson is an engaging entrepreneur off the field, who owns a record company, a marketing company and was the co-producer of All Eyez on Me, a biopic on rapper Tupac Shakur.

He’s father to his nearly 2-year-old son, DeSean Jr. He’s bright, driven, fast, rich, likeable, little and afraid of nothing.

We caught up with DeSean at his new 5,000-square-foot home in North Tampa for a reflective interview with the Bucs’ new star.

What’s fatherhood like?

It’s great, man. It’s taught me a lot more patience to be mellow, and really it’s just all about teaching. Being in the mode of wanting him to do all the right things and grow up and be raised the right way. You take a step back, because you know, just kind of think how I want him to do things.

So much of your story is about A Father’s Dream. Do you have a father’s dream for your son?

The only thing different would be I don’t want him to play football. I want him to play like baseball or basketball probably, where they’re getting all that crazy guaranteed money. I mean if he comes to me saying he wants to do it, obviously, I’m going to let him do it. But I think my dreams would be a little different.

Everything my dad taught me growing up, the characteristics, the hard work, being able to get up and go get it, I still have the same mentality with my son that my dad had for me.

Did you imagine you would be entering your 10th year in the NFL?

Honestly, it’s a blessing. You get all the young guys coming in, the freak of natures, big guys, little fast guys, and it continues year in and year out. So to be going into my 10th year and be playing in Tampa Bay — I couldn’t have predicted that. Like I say, it’s a blessing. I count my blessings and continue to work hard.

It’s a new year, so I’m excited about it. I don’t know if I could’ve predicted that story way back then when I was younger. I don’t know. But I’m definitely happy still to be able to play in the NFL at a high level.

This is a new start, your third team, what about being in Tampa Bay excites you?

I think even before I started, going back to last season with the Redskins, we were trying to make a push into the playoffs last year. Us and Tampa were going back and forth. We would play a game, just finish a game, and we’d be looking over seeing what they were doing on SportsCenter. They had an intriguing team. I think last year they started some great things here with the way their defense played. They had a physical defense, with the linebackers they’ve got and the D-line.

There’s a lot of upside to this team, so I was able to keep my eye on them last year going into free agency and the offseason.

Once I knew they were going to be really interested in me, it just kind of lit a spark in me thinking, “They’ve got Jameis (Winston), they’ve got Mike (Evans). They’ve got a good defense.” I was like, “Man, it’d be cool to play with them.” So once it got time for free agency to see they wanted me, I was like, “Yeah, I think that might be the play right there.” Just looking at them last year, I thought this would be a good fit.”

Did you have any interaction with Winston before signing with the Bucs?

Not really. It was kind of phone calls when he reached out. We just had a good relationship. He showed me early on respect by telling me, “Man, I’d love to have a fast receiver like you. I’ve never played with a guy like that.” So just to have that relationship, being friends and competitors in the NFL, respecting each other, it was one of those “I would love to play with you.” There were never any in-depth conversations, just “Man, if we played together, it would be scary.” And look how it plays out.

How are you going to like living here?

I’m a California guy, so this is close to it. It’s just a little different because of the humidity, the gators and all that kind of stuff. There’s a lot of water. I like fishing and playing with the boys in the pool. I just enjoy the sunlight.

My time in Philly and my time in Washington, when winter comes it’s snowing and it’s raining. You can’t do nothing. So now we don’t have to worry about the snow. Now we’ve got an extra five or six months being out in the sun and staying hot. I’ll take advantage of it when I can.

You’ve become a real entrepreneur off the field with several businesses. You were the co-producer of All EyeZ on Me. What was that like?

The success of the movie has been great. This is my first official big movie. I’m the co-producer, invested in the movie, so the movie did great, and I was very happy about that, especially with my first movie.

I don’t know, just being so far along in my career, you never know when ball is going to blow up and you’re sitting back and doing some other things. I felt like I didn’t wait too long to figure out what I was going to do as far as interaction with kids, movies. I have a marketing company, a record company. I’m doing music. I just really want to help these young kids, just give them a life and give back.

You know, I have much information, so much stuff I’ve been through. I mean, I would be stingy and greedy to keep it all to myself.

Are you doing this with help from your friends?

Yeah, pretty much. I say it’s worldwide because I don’t want to be stuck in one area. But definitely back in California. We’re doing some things in Atlanta. I want to do everything I can while I’m done here in Tampa, so I’ve met Derrick Brooks and Gary Sheffield, guys like that. Just trying to stay influenced the best that I can and work hard.

For a guy like me going into the offseason, this is my 10th year, so it’s not so hard as it was when I first came into the league and thought I had to grind, grind, grind. I still work hard, don’t get me wrong, but at this point, I know what to do. I know what I have to do to get my body ready. It gives me a lot more time outside of football.

Is that something you had to learn to manage, off-the-field interests and training?

I’m training like I’m getting ready for the 100 (meter) race in the Olympics. But I mean, that’s what I love to do.

One thing about track, people need to realize track workouts are very hard. There’s nothing compared to it. You have to run like 300s, 350s, 150s. In football, you’re just sprinting up and down the field. It’s nothing like that. I think this gets my endurance going so I’m able to play throughout the whole season.

You got back to more track workouts, didn’t you?

Yeah, I actually got back with Coach (Gary) Cablayan. I got to the point where I was feeling myself. My physical conditioning was good, but I stopped training with him, so this year I got back to the roots, back to the basics. I’m in the best shape ever right now. Obviously, there’s the heat and the humidity, but I feel good.

They clocked you as the second-fastest player in the NFL last season. To accomplish that at this point in your career, does it go back to all your training with your father?

It’s a testament to just the mentality and the hard work that was instilled at a young age. The people that have been with me, staying on me, staying in my ear. It was always motivating. And not only just motivating, I wanted to get the most out of it. A lot of people nowadays have success and they kind of forget where they came from or forget the steps it took them to get where they’re at.

You got to take a step back and say, “I don’t just want to be here, I want to be great.’ You got to go put some extra work in and get out of your comfort zone and put yourself in more uncomfortable situations to get more out of it.

What do you remember about your time in Philly and how do you feel about the way it ended?

I think about an awesome team. I think about awesome players that if we had stuck together, the sky was the limit. There’s no telling what would’ve happened. (Donovan) McNabb, Brian Dawkins, Mike Vick, LeSean McCoy, Asante Samuel, Jeremy Maclin, me — I can go on and on about the players and talent we had there. When I think about those days, I think about the camaraderie we built, the kind of savviness we had playing together. The Philadelphia Eagles were known as a winning team back then. It was unfortunate it had to get broken up the way it did. But that kind of set the bar early in my career to know what it takes to consistently win, the mentality, the swagger, the demeanor, just the nastiness. You’ve got to have it all to play in this game and play at a high level.

Throughout the way, that showed me I always had to keep my level of play at a high level. You can never slack off, not one player or two players on the team, because football is a team sport. If you have that tight bond and refuse to go down, it was just something I learned.

When I went to Washington, they weren’t really known as a powerhouse or a winning team. They were rebuilding. I mean, they won Super Bowls in the past, but it wasn’t like that. I had to go in there with the mentality and the swagger that when I was in Philly, we were winning: “You guys had some bad years, but we’ve got to change the culture here.”

To come in and do that, I think we did a good job when Jay Gruden was in there (as coach). In the NFL, what you want is camaraderie and everybody being able to feed off the energy.

That’s what it takes to go far.

You look at the New England Patriots. You look at the Denver Broncos. Teams that have won Super Bowls. All those teams have a niche. They have one or two players that set the tone out there, the Richard Shermans or the Von Millers. If you don’t have that savviness, you’re not going to have a winning team.

Sometimes you need guys that have some controversy. You need guys to go out and do the ordinary stuff. It’s something I’ve been able to learn and being 30 now, hopefully, I will be able to bring some savviness this year to Tampa.

Did it hurt you that after you left there were accusations that you had gang affiliations?

Honestly, I think it just kind of humbled me. I was at the point where I was just kind of young. I don’t want to say I didn’t know right from wrong, but in the business world, and being a young guy and being handed a lot, sometimes you don’t understand how to do it the right way. Being young and being rewarded a lot of money at an age that sometimes guys like that wouldn’t know what to do with it. I just had to sit back and like say, “All right, let’s see if maybe I’m putting out too much information or too much on social media.”

Because everybody doesn’t know how to take it. Everybody wasn’t raised the way I was raised or had to go through what I had to go through. I just took a step back. I was frustrated about it, but I’m never ashamed to represent or show where I came from. There’s a lot of people that don’t make it out to see it, so I try to shed a light on it and bring the people I grew up with me. Not only that, go back to the area and hang with them and try to show I’m not too big to keep enlightening them and know it’s possible to make a life. “If I came from the same area and I made it, it’s possible you guys could. Maybe not in football, maybe in something else. But it’s possible to make it.” That was my whole journey. When I did become a professional athlete, and what I was doing in the offseason, hanging out in areas I grew up in. I didn’t feel that was wrong to go hang out with people and do things you did growing up.

I not once was a felon, not once was in jail. They just made this perception out to be that I was some crazy guy.

But did you learn that perception can hurt your brand?

Yes, it can. But you live and learn and you try to do things the right way. Once I went to Washington, they kind of gave me a fresh slate, like “Prove to us you’re totally different from what they put out on you.” Once I went there, I was able to show them I was a team guy and everything was good. I look back at it and say, “It just goes to show, whoever made the decision was wrong and I was right.”

It’s a violent game and you’re not the biggest guy, but you run all the routes. What’s your mentality on Sundays?

I think it goes back to how I was raised and having that no-fear mentality. Seeing the things I saw on a daily basis and never being content. Knowing that if I had an opportunity to make it, I was going to make the most of it once I got there. I wasn’t going to be satisfied just because I made it. I felt if I get there and I make it, after all the doubt and all the hate, then that gives you another fire. After being projected to be a first-rounder and slipping into the second round, there’s just all types of stuff that builds up.

So now I’m on the field playing against all the teams that passed on me, all the critics and naysayers that said I couldn’t do it. I bottle all that up into, I don’t know whether you want to say fire or energy, whatever you can use it for, you use it. It’s just proving people wrong. You’re proving you can go against all the naysayers. You’re proving you can do it under 6 feet. You’re proving you can play like a Randy Moss or you can play like a Chad Johnson.

I just go out and try to do me. I don’t mimic or mock anyone else. Go out and be DeSean Jackson day in and day out and come to work with the same attitude and don’t accept no for an answer. They said you couldn’t do this. Prove to them you can do it. That’s the mentality I have every time I have an opportunity to go out on the field and beat a defender or score a touchdown and beat the odds, that’s what I’m doing, going out there to beat the odds.

They say even a player like Tom Brady still taps into the fact he was a sixth-round pick for motivation. Do you draw from your background to play this game?

I think it’s the common denominator. I knew how good I was. My family knew how good I was. My dad knew how good I was. It just was on me to go out there and prove it. It was on me to show the world what DeSean Jackson could do. I’d say year in and year out, day in and day out, it’s a task. It’s a job. It’s something I’m dedicated to.

Are you going to be dedicated to being great? Are you dedicated to being good? Are you dedicated to just being average? That’s what so funny about it, this world will give you as much as you’re willing to take. When I say take, I mean put in the hard work to do it. You’re not going to get there, you’re not going to do it sitting on this couch and eating popcorn.

You’re going to have to get in that gym. You’re going to have to be uncomfortable. You’re going to have to do things your body doesn’t want to have to do. But you got to go do it. That’s the edge you have to keep.

Being 30, there are guys coming into the league that are 21, 22. I mean, c’mon, they’re freaks of nature. I have to prove I still am the guy. When my time is up, it’s knowing it’s up. It’s not being naive and saying, “I can still do it.” If you can’t do the job, let the next man up.

I’m a firm believer that I still have like five years left.

There’s a lot of expectations for the Bucs this year. What do you expect?

I’m just having fun with it, man. Hopefully we can put together a special year. I think this year will be definitely special. There’s a lot of attention. A lot of expectations. And you know, I remember being in Philly, we had the dream team. That year, I think (backup quarterback) Vince Young put something out there about, “Yeah, we got the dream team.” It was kind of funny because that year, we didn’t do as good. Sometimes you put too much attention on yourself, and it’s good to have attention, but sometimes you want to be under the radar a little bit.

It’s good because you can have attention and still be mellow. We’re not the favorites. But sometimes people can make more out of the attention. sp_I think Dirk (Koetter) has done a good job of letting people know we haven’t done anything yet. We haven’t won any games yet.

How much is playing in the Super Bowl a driving force for you?

For sure, it’s always been the goal since day one. Obviously, everybody plays for personal goals and stats, but the ultimate goal is the win the Super Bowl. Year in and year out, every team I’ve been on, that’s been the goal. Get through the season with a good enough record to get into the tournament and once you get there, everyone is 0-0. It’s man against man. Four games to get there.

I can remember my first year (in the NFL) like it was yesterday. We were one game from the Super Bowl. It’s crazy because I scored the last touchdown that I thought was going to be the touchdown to put us in the Super Bowl and then Larry Fitzgerald comes down and scores a touchdown and we lose. That was like one of the best games I’ve ever been a part of.

 

 

Gayle Jackson: 2017 Single Mom’s Planet – Sports Mom of the Year

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 17, 2017) –The star-studded 4th Annual Single Mom’s Awards took place at The Peninsula Beverly Hills on May 11. Presented by Single Moms Planet, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization created to assist struggling single mothers, the Single Moms Awards honors notable individuals who inspire, provide an example or give support to single mothers through their work, philanthropy or volunteerism.

Actress Garcelle Beauvais was honored as Entertainer of the Year; Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, Earth Friendly Products CEO, was honored as Business Innovator of the Year; Baby Ecos was honored as the Family Brand of the Year; Gayle Jackson, Co-Founder, and CEO of The DeSean Jackson Foundation, was honored as Sports Mom of the Year; Joanna McFarland, Carolyn Yashari-Becher and Janelle McGlothlin, founders of Hop Skip Drive, were honored as Corporation of the Year; Christy Salcido, Senior Vice President of Ketchum Inc., was honored as Visionary of the Year; Jan Perry, General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development, was honored as Leader of the Year; and Karla Keene, CEO of Clarity RX, was honored as Entrepreneur of the Year.

Single Moms Planet was founded by event producer and television host, Neferteri Plessy to bring much-needed programs to under-resourced single mother households.

The event, held at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, was hosted by NBC 4 Los Angeles reporter Beverly White and author/TV personality Rosie Rivera, sister to late banda singer Jennie Rivera. Among the guests were NFL stars DeSean Jackson, Rodger Saffold, Jamon Brown and Todd Gurley, as well as actors Daphne Wayans, Carrie Stevens, Christy Buss, Alyssa Reeves and many others.

[Rodger Saffold, LA Rams; DeSean Jackson wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Jamon Brown, LA Rams; Todd Gurley, LA Rams as seen here showing their support of Single Moms Planet.]

This year’s presenters included Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley; Actor, Tom Williamson (“The Fosters”); TV Producer, Kerri Zane; Entrepreneur, Anastasia Soare, founder of Anastasia of Beverly Hills; CEO of The Balanced Mom, Asia Saffold; and noted fashion bloggers Heidi Nazarudin and Rachel Pitzel.

DeSean Jackson, wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed up to support his mother as she was being honored as the Single Moms Planet, “Sports Mom of the Year.”

[DeSean Jackson wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his sister, A’Dreea,  attend the Single Mom’s Awards in support of their mother Gayle Jackson as she received Single Moms Planet “Sports Mom of the Year” Award.]

“I am very honored to be here to receive this award and to be a part of such strong community of people,” Beauvais said. “I am very thankful to Single Moms Planet and to my incredible family which is the most important thing in my life!”

[Joanna McFarland, Carolyn Yashari-Becher and Janelle McGlothlin, founders of Hop Skip Drive are presented with the “Corporation of the Year” award by the CEO of The Balanced Mom and wife of NFL Player Rodger Saffold of the LA Rams.]

[Anastasia Soare, founder of Anastasia of Beverly Hills, presents actress Garcelle Beauvais with the Single Moms Planet, “Entertainer of the Year” award.]

Gayle Jackson: 2017 Single Mom’s Planet – Sports Mom of the Year

GAYLE JACKSON – CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, THE DESEAN JACKSON FOUNDATION

2017 SINGLE MOM’S PLANET SPORTS MOM OF THE YEAR

4th Annual Single Mom’s Awards

HONORING GAYLE JACKSON

“Single Moms Planet Sports Mom of the Year Award”

We are proud to announce that we are honoring Gayle Jackson with the 2017 Sports Mom of the Year Award. Gayle is the Co-Founder and President of the DeSean Jackson Foundation, founded in 2009 to raise Pancreatic Cancer awareness, after her husband, Bill, died from Pancreatic Cancer while her son, DeSean Jackson, was a rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles. The mission of the foundation is: To advance the common good by caring, cultivating, collaborating and advocating–One Team, One Purpose.

To date, DJF is one of many business ventures developed by DeSean and Gayle Jackson; but, the only non-profit entity in their diverse portfolio of interests and holdings. Gayle takes a considerable amount time and effort to keep DJF a separate, distinct brand with no encumbrances from DeSean’s personal or professional interests. DJF is a public charity that has been incorporated in each NFL city where DeSean plays with the intent and purpose to improve the quality of life for those in need, acceptance, sensitivity and tolerance through their unique brand and DeSean’s status in the NFL; and, the Jackson family is truly hands on. This requires a complex strategy of re-branding from the NFL franchise markets of the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; and, as always their home base in Los Angeles, CA. Gayle also oversees all of DeSean’s professional and personal endeavors, brand and image as his mother, manager and business partner.

In 2013, the Jacksons were successful in bringing the documentary The Bill Jackson Project: The Making of a Father’s Dream to fruition. It was the result of 18 years of Byron Jackson documenting every aspect of the making of his NFL All Pro brother, wide receiver, DeSean Jackson, from Pop Warner to the NFL Pro Bowl; and, the rocky journey of a family to stay together through it all, despite their differences and in the face of mounting pressure; and Bill Jackson’s battle with Pancreatic Cancer.  The documentary was distributed by several major cable outlets, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Target and was selected for viewing at the prestigious San Francisco Black Film Festival XL, June 13th – 16th, 2013.

In 2015, BET debuted the unscripted, reality show, DeSean Jackson: Home Team, which one again profiled the Jackson family living the atypical everyday lives of a NFL family who’s matriarch is a single, phenomenal woman who leads a team of female associates who manage the personal and professional affairs of a high-profile professional athlete.  Gayle received numerous accolades for her honest depiction of the obstacles, pitfalls, uncertainty and truth about the reality of being an NFL family; and, especially being a mother of a NFL player—her strength, resolve and brutal honesty.  The reality show was filmed during NFL off-season and aired for one cycle on BET.


DeSean, A’Dreea, Byron, Gayle Jackson

Credit: BET, DeSean JacKson: Home Team

On June 16, 2017, the long-awaited Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez on Me, (another Jackson business venture) will be released. DeSean, is an investor, movie producer and has a cameo role.  Gayle states this is part of God’s plan for transitioning her son for life after football with her blessing and support. Evidence of the values and virtue instilled in DeSean by his mother.

Gayle is a graduate of Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, former probation officer for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and was formerly employed at Warner Bros and Capitol Records, Los Angeles, CA in the legal, marketing & artist development (domestic & international) departments; Ron Sweeney, Esq. who managed Kylmaxx, Alexander O’Neal, Cherrell, The Time, BabyFace and others; and, Patrick Raines & Associates who managed Al Jarreau and other artists.

Gayle has been profiled numerous times during DeSean’s tenure in the NFL in regards to her work as a former board member, of the Professional Players’ Mothers Association (PFPMA); NFL Mom’s Read Across American Program, the Pancreatic Cancer “Purple Out” and as her son’s liaison with the NFL, NFLPA, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. She was also profiled in Ebony magazine in its special Mothers’ Day edition that highlighted prominent NFL players and their mothers; and, was one of the recipients of the 2015 Beauty In/Beauty Out (BIBO), Los Angeles, phenomenal women awards.

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DeSean Jackson: 4TH Annual Celebrity Softball Game, June 11, Bowie, MD

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Post By:  Joie Adams, The DeSean Jackson Foundation, 6/6/2016

Please join DeSean Jackson, of the Washington Redskins, and his friends from the NFL for their 4th Annual Celebrity Softball Game, in Bowie, MD, on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The purpose of the annual event is to raise awareness and funds for prosthetics and orthotics for our nation’s heroes as elite NFL players compete against the Amputee Warrior Softball Team.

Where:  Prince George’s Stadium, Crain Highway, Bowie, MD, Gates Open: 6:00 P.M.

About the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans. These men have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation, and through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again, playing against able-bodied teams in exhibition games across the country.

Their armor now includes prosthetic legs and arms, along with extreme perseverance and attitude. Together they are the WOUNDED WARRIOR AMPUTEE SOFTBALL TEAM.

Martin Luther King, Jr. – Day of Service

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A DAY ON, NOT A DAY OFF!

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities.

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One Team, One Purpose!

One Team, One Purpose!

DeSean Jackson, CEO,  DeSean Jackson Foundation, and a Washington Redskins wide receiver, appeals to Washington Redskins’ fans, local corporations; and, individuals to become engaged in service activities to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on the federal holiday to support volunteer projects across the DMV. Please  turn out and ‘turn up’ at your local community events in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 18, 2016.

Visit the MLK Day of Service website for more information on how you can get involved and make the King Day of Service, “A Day On, Not a Day Off!”

WHAT IS THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”

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DeSean Jackson: EA Sports Madden NFL Football Night, Franklin Middle School, Chantilly, VA

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https://youtu.be/7n3kAum5bmMDecember 15, 2015

CHANTILLY, VA

[Repost by JLA, The DeSean Jackson Foundation, 12/17/2015]

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Ahmad Nassar, President, NFL Players Inc., invited several Washington Redskins, Darrell Young (FB) #36; Morgan Moses (OT) #76; and, DeSean Jackson (WR) #11 to join him at Franklin Middle School, Chantilly, VA to promote EA Sports Madden NFL: Football by Numbers, an educational game that combines football and math.

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Ahmad Nassar acquire the position as the new President, of NFL Players Inc, in February 2015 after Keith Gordon stepped down. Nassar joined NFLPI in 2009, most recently serving as executive vice president of business affairs and general counsel. Nassar has overseen the organization’s major legal and business initiatives, including negotiating with partners such as Electronic Arts, NIKE, Panini and ESPN. He also led negotiations on NFLPI’s landmark 10-year commercial agreement with the NFL. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our players, partners and staff as the next President of NFL Players Inc.,” said Nassar. “NFLPI has seen growth through partnerships as well as expanded into new and creative deals, benefiting our players, partners and the entire business of football. We hope to continue building on that momentum and branching out into other areas, including new technologies.” Nassar received his JD from the University of Chicago School of Law and graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. Immediately following his graduation from law school, Nassar served as law clerk for the Honorable Denise Page Hood in the Eastern District of Michigan.

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DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins’ wide receiver, and his foundation, The DeSean Jackson Foundation, have partnered with and acquired sponsorships from the Electronic Arts Foundation and EA Sports for several years. “I was honored and humbled to be selected by President Nassar to play an integral role in the launch of EA Sports Madden NFL: Football by Numbers which educates and empowers youth through cutting edge technology” states Jackson.

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About NFL Players Inc.

NFL Players Inc. is the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association. NFLPI has been a trusted resource since 1994, delivering access to the influence, power and personal stories of NFL players. NFLPI is a “one-stop shop” for businesses seeking licensing rights, access to players through hospitality and events, marketing strategy and player procurement. For more information, please visit http://www.nflpa.com/players.

About NFL Players Association

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is a non-profit, professional sports union that protects the best interests and welfare of all NFL players. It serves as the exclusive bargaining agent for all NFL players in collective bargaining. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. The NFLPA is governed by a Board of Player Representatives, acting in accordance with the NFLPA Constitution and federal labor laws. The NFLPA’s responsibilities include: Representing all players in matters concerning wages, hours and working conditions and protecting their rights as professional football players; ensuring that the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement are met; negotiating and monitoring retirement and insurance benefits; providing other member services and activities; providing assistance to charitable and community organizations; and enhancing and defending the image of players and their profession, on and off the field. For more information, visit http://www.nflpa.com

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About the DeSean Jackson Foundation

Please visit, http://www.deseanjacksonfoundation.org

DeSean Jackson Foundation: Donates Books to 92nd Street Elementary, Los Angeles, CA (Watts)

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December 12, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

LOS ANGELES, CA
Contact: Gayle Jackson, President, The DeSean Jackson Foundation, deseanjacksonfoundationceo@yahoo.com
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DeSean Jackson, CEO, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation and a Washington Redskins’ wide receiver; and, his mother, Gayle, President, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation made an in-kind donation of brand, new books to the 92nd Street Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA (Watts), as part of their foundation’s holiday giving program.

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Dr. Priscilla Currie, Principal, at 92nd Street Elementary, Los Angeles, graciously accepted the donation for the school library on behalf of her students who were in dire need of current, age appropriate, ethnically diverse reading materials.

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Gayle Jackson states that it was extremely important to my son, DeSean, that our foundation enhance our programs and services to include a component to promote literacy so we made several book donations to school in the Washington Redskins’ franchise market this year; and, he desired to also select a school in Los Angeles to be the recipient of a holiday giving book donation; and, 92nd Street Elementary, in Watts, was chosen. The school is one of several schools that Gayle Jackson tours during the football off-season with NFL Moms and the Read Across America program. The books were received prior to the holiday break because DeSean said it was imperative to encourage students to read with their entire family during the break from school; stay out of trouble; and, exercise your body and mind.

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Needs Assessment:
In America’s public high schools, 45% of black students and 43% of Hispanics (as compared to 22% of whites) drop out before their classes graduate. Dropout rates are especially high in urban areas with large minority populations, including such academic basket cases as the District of Columbia (57%), Trenton (59%), Camden (61.4%), Baltimore (65.4%), Cleveland (65.9%), and Detroit (75.1%).

Of those black and Hispanic students who do manage to earn a diploma, a large percentage are functionally illiterate. Black high-school graduates perform, on average, at a level that is four academic years below that of their white counterparts. Of all graduates in the class of 2011, only 11% of blacks and 15% of Hispanics were proficient in math, as compared to 42% of whites. Similarly, just 13% of blacks and 4% of Hispanics were proficient in reading, versus 40% of whites. As political science professor Lydia Segal notes in her book, Battling Corruption in America’s Public Schools: “It is in cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Philadelphia where the largest numbers of children cannot read, write, and compute at acceptable levels and where racial gaps between whites and blacks and Latinos are widest. It is in large cities that minority boys in particular, trapped in poor schools, have the greatest chance of flunking out and getting sucked into the downward spiral of crime and prison.”

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For more information about the DeSean Jackson Foundation, please visit: http://www.deseanjacksonfoundation.org.

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Dear Mrs. Jackson,

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you and DeSean for your generous donation. What greater gift than to put books in the hands of children? You donation is greatly appreciated and needed.

Heartfelt thanks,

Priscilla Currie
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Principal

“Believe in your best…have a goal for the best, never be satisfied with less than your best, try your best, and in the long run things will turn out for the best!” –Unknown

Congrats, NFL Mom Gladys Bettis, 2015 Woman of Courage Award Recipient

Gladys Bettis, 2015 Recipient

Gladys Bettis, 2015 Recipient

Vincentian Academy Honors Gladys Bettis, Others For Courage, Selfless Service
December 9, 2015 4:55 PM By Rick Dayton, CBS Pittsburgh
[Re-Post by the DeSean Jackson Foundation, 12/10/2015]

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — For the past four years, Vincentian Academy has been honoring men and women from Pittsburgh for their selfless service, and this year is no different. This year’s honorees are working to make Pittsburgh a better place.
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One of the honorees is, Gladys Bettis, an NFL Mom, who mentors and nurtures new NFL Moms when their sons are drafted into the league. Mrs. Bettis was honored, at a banquet in Pittsburgh, as the 2015 recipient of the Vincentian Academy “Woman of Courage” award for her courageous battle against breast cancer; and, the work she does in the community supporting other women through their various stages of breast cancer.
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“I didn’t feel that I was worthy of this,” said Gladys Bettis. But the mother of Hall of Fame running back, Jerome Bettis, is the Woman of Courage Award winner. She says she wasn’t sure how courageous she was until winning her battle with breast cancer. “I heard Jerome say, “My mom is so strong.” I knew I was a little strong. I didn’t realize I had the strength that I do. I do have it and I’m just so blessed to be here,” said Gladys Bettis.

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DeSean Jackson, CEO, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation; and, his mother, Gayle Jackson, extend their sincere congratulations to Mrs. Gladys Bettis, the recipient of this prestigious award.

Extreme Skins Tailgate – PIG Roast – RAISED $905.00 For the DeSean Jackson Foundation

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December 10, 2015

ASHBURN, VA
Media Contacts: Gayle Jackson, President, DeSean Jackson Foundation; deseanjacksonfoundationceo@yahoo.com

December 8, 2015 (11:08 a.m.)

[Re-Post and Update, 12/10/2015]

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DeSean Jackson, CEO, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation (DJF); and, his mother, Gayle Jackson, President, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation, extend their sincere thanks for the unconditional love and support of the Extreme Skins Tailgate fans who worked diligently and hard to raise $905.00 for The DeSean Jackson Foundation.

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DeSean Jackson states that he is humbled and honored to have DJF be chosen as the charity of choice for their holiday giving; and, applauds the group for their history of supporting numerous non-profit and public charities that include the individual passion and purpose of Washington Redskins’ players off the field.

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Mrs. Christie Lopez, Co-Founder, of the Extreme Skins’ Tailgate, presented the proceeds from the event to DeSean Jackson at DeSean’s annual, “Shop with a Jock” event, at the Wal-Mart, in Sterling, VA.  Ms. Lopez also volunteered at the event and states that it was very moving seeing Jackson interact with the children; and, the Redskins’ players who came out to support DeSean and his foundation.
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Official Extremeskins Tailgate & PIG Roast was held on December 7, 2015

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ABOUT THE EXTREME SKINS TAILGATE:

The Extremeskins Tailgate has become an institution at Fedex Field, and it is because of all the members involved. The dedication, hard work and investments by folks year in and year out is second to none. This tailgate is getting bigger every year and is well respected because of our passion, our friendly welcoming environment and the charity we do. The Redskins organization has recognized our contributions and how we present ourselves and because of that, has recognized our tailgate as official Redskins Fan Captains. We continue to strive to do our best as the best tailgate at Fedex Field!

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Once again, the Extremeskins Tailgate will have containers available for the Extremeskins Charity Funds. There will be one container for our charity of choice for this game; and, the recipient will be The DeSean Jackson Foundation. Please donate what you can; and, the funds will be presented to the foundation on Monday, December 8, at the DeSean Jackson: Shop With A Jock annual event for vulnerable youth, at the Wal-Mart, in Sterling, VA, at 5:30 p.m.

What An Extreme Skins Tailgate?

We are a gathering of die hard Washington Redskins fans who love to come together and have a good time out in the lots before and after the game. Our tailgate has become a very popular point at Fedex Field, and we have been featured in numerous media broadcasts. If you like to eat great food and enjoy tasty beverages while playing games, listening to tunes and chatting about the burgundy and gold with fellow die hard fans, then this is the place for you!

 

Who Do I Contact?

You can get almost every question answered by posting in this thread, but if you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact Huly or myself via PM or by emailing: pez@gwu.edu or skinshuly@gmail.com

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For More Information About The DeSean Jackson Foundation, please visit, http://www.deseanjacksonfoundation.org.
Contact: Gayle Jackson, President, or Joie Jackson, P/R and Media Relations E-Mail: deseanjacksonfoundationceo@yahoo.com

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