The DeSean Jackson Foundation has been awarded a social justice grant from the National Football League Foundation, the league’s non-profit which represents the 32 NFL teams.
DeSean Jackson at Ernest Just Elementary, Tampa, Florida
Ire Carolina, Principal, Ernest Just Elementary, DeSean Jackson, CEO, DeSean Jackson Foundation, 2018 DJF Book Distribution Day, Tampa, Florida
The NFL Social Justice Grant is designed to provide non-profit organizations with funding, on behalf of a current or former NFL player who matches the NFL grant, to effect social change. The grant is used to fund organizations, programs or initiatives that reduce barriers to opportunity. Areas of priority include, but are not limited to education, criminal justice reform, community/police relations; and, can also address poverty, racial equality and workforce/economic development.
DeSean Jackson’s Omega Gents’ Mentees, Tampa, Florida (Shakur Jasper, Adviser)
The DeSean Jackson Foundation (“DJF”) is a 501 (C)(3), public charity that was founded by DeSean Jackson, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and his mother, Gayle Jackson, in 2010, in memory of his father who died from Pancreatic Cancer, when DeSean was a Philadelphia Eagle rookie. Over the years, DJF has expanded its focus and outreach to several NFL franchise markets (Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) addressing the specific needs of marginalized communities and vulnerable individuals and families in these markets.
Gayle Jackson, President, DeSean Jackson Foundation and Byron Jackson, CEO/Founder, Play 4 Life Inc.
Byron Jackson, Dr. Baretta Wilson, Principal, Stewart Middle School, DeSean Jackson – 2018 DJF Book Distribution at Stewart Middle School, Tampa, Florida
The NFL Social Justice Grant will provide crucial funding to support existing DJF priority areas: addressing poverty, advocating for the impoverished and disenfranchised, racial equality, community relations, education, hunger, disparities in access to healthcare; and,to expand the newly launched “Play 4 Life” Academy, in partnership with his brother Byron Jackson, in Hillsborough Public Schools, Tampa, Florida. The grant will also augment the work that DeSean Jackson began as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer 2018 Social Justice Player Board Member who is committed to making an impact in the Tampa community.
ABOUT: NFL Social Justice Fund. To learn more about the NFL Foundation Social Justice Fund, please visit http://www.nflfoundation.org
ABOUT: Play 4 Life Academy. To learn more about the Play 4 Life Academy, please contact Byron Jackson, Sports Rhythmn LLC. https://sportsrhthms.net