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Community Partners

Boys & Girls Club

The NFLPA addresses a number of youth issues by partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington to deliver key messages to hundreds of young people through a variety of player appearances, special events, PSAs, youth clinics and training camp visits.

For more information visit: www.bgcgw.org

Feed the Children

 For more information visit: www.feedthechildren.org

 NFL players participate in various food distribution efforts throughout the year to benefit families in need. Together we are on a mission to deliver food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disaster. Since 2003, over 15,000 families have been fed through food drops involving active and former players. In addition, utilizing players in efforts to create awareness to the hunger epidemic have reached over 160 million households.

The Heart of America Foundation

The NFLPA has participated in the READesign Library Makeover program which raises funds that are used to revitalize technology, replenish bookshelves and redecorate media center’s at schools in-need across America. This program provides players with a platform to recall childhood reading experiences and transform them into positive messages to both parents and children.

For more information visit: http://www.heartofamerica.org

Community Partners

 

The NFLPA and its players share a long-standing and sincere commitment to community service. Outreach efforts vary widely, from coordinating events and providing forums to developing campaigns and programs in support of a wide range of social issues. We strive to utilize our resources and partnerships to make an impact in the lives of others.  Our current partners include:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

The NFLPA addresses a number of youth issues by partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington to deliver key messages to hundreds of young people through a variety of player appearances, special events, PSAs, youth clinics and training camp visits. For more information visit: www.bgcgw.org.

 

Feed the Children

NFL players participate in various food distribution efforts throughout the year to benefit families in need. Together we are on a mission to deliver food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disaster. Since 2003, over 15,000 families have been fed through food drops involving active and former players. In addition, utilizing players in efforts to create awareness to the hunger epidemic have reached over 160 million households. For more information visit: www.feedthechildren.org.

 

Heart of America Foundation

The NFLPA has participated in the Heart of America’s READesign Library Makeover program which raises funds that are used to revitalize technology, replenish bookshelves and redecorate media center’s at schools in-need across America. This program provides players with a platform to recall childhood reading experiences and transform them into positive messages to both parents and children.

For more information visit: http://www.heartofamerica.org

 

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The NFLPA participates in various community projects to help create awareness in the prevention of abducted, endangered and sexually exploited children. For more information visit: www.missingkids.com

 

National Education Association

The NFLPA has partnered with the NEA to promote positive educational messages nationwide. Placing players in PSAs, reading activities and challenges, promotional material and contests are just some of the ways the NFLPA and players support the NEA’s reading initiative and keep the focus of reading all year long. In our 10 year involvement with the NEA, players have stressed the importance of reading, a message that has reached over 45 million school children nationwide through the Read Across America program. For more information visit: www.nea.org

 

PAX Real Solutions to Gun Violence

PAX is a nonpolitical nonprofit organization working with all Americans to help bring an end to gun violence against children and families. PAX's two innovative programs -- SPEAK UP and ASK (Asking Saves Kids) -- offer practical solutions for protecting children from gun violence. The SPEAK UP campaign, founded by PAX, provides the first-ever anonymous national hotline for students to call to report weapon-related threats at school.  NFL players participated the national media campaign called “Signs” communicating that students can truly help prevent a tragedy by calling PAX’s anonymous 1-866-SPEAK UP hotline if they see a “sign” of violence. SPEAK UP is a national awareness and educational initiative providing students with tools to improve the safety of their schools and communities. For more information visit http://www.paxusa.org.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The NFLPA participates in various community projects to help create awareness in the prevention of abducted, endangered and sexually exploited children.

For more information visit: www.missingkids.com

National Education Association

The NFLPA has partnered with the NEA to promote positive educational messages nationwide. Placing players in PSAs, reading activities and challenges, promotional material and contests are just some of the ways the NFLPA and players support the NEA’s reading initiative and keep the focus of reading all year long. In our 10 year involvement with the NEA, players have stressed the importance of reading, a message that has reached over 45 million school children nationwide through the Read Across America program.

For more information visit: www.nea.org

Native Vision

Overview:
The Native Vision program is an unprecedented youth enrichment and empowerment initiative for American Indian children, operated by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (Center) in partnership with the National Football League Players Association. Founded in 1996, by Johns Hopkins, the NFL Players Association and the Nick Lowery Charitable Foundation, Native Vision has mobilized dozens of professional athletes as mentors to serve thousands of American Indian youth in health and education programs designed by Johns Hopkins public health experts.

The Problem Being Addressed:
American Indians living on reservations in North America suffer from the poorest health, socioeconomic and educational status of any ethnic or racial group in the United States. In spite of these problems, American Indian youth today are seen by their communities as the hope for the future of Native America. They come from a heritage rich in physical, cultural and intellectual strengths. However, formidable barriers Native youth face stifle their capacity to chart a productive future—such as their current geographic and emotional isolation; lack of social, economic and educational opportunities; and poor access to basic health and lifestyle education.

The Strategy for Problem-Solving: The Native Vision Initiative
The guiding principle for Native Vision is to cultivate the core strengths, values and positive relationships for American Indian youth that will make them resilient to the prevailing risks and help them transition to healthy, productive and fulfilling adulthood. The Native Vision program is administered by Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, which has a 25-year nationally renowned track record for serving and collaborating with tribes to address priority health, social and education problems.

Native Vision Program Description:
The Native Vision program is designed to promote three major areas of well-being for participating children and families:

Healthy Minds: The goal of “Healthy Minds” is to promote children’s school completion and intellectual development.
Healthy Bodies: The goal of “Healthy Bodies” is to increase levels of fitness for children with the aim of reducing diabetes attack rates and obesity as a long-term outcome for this highly susceptible population.
Healthy Families: The goal of Healthy Families is to strengthen vulnerable families and improve health and life outcomes for young American Indian parents and their children.


Native Vision Annual Summer Camp:
The hallmark of the year-round Native Vision program is an annual sports and life skills camp that attracts Native youth from across the country. The camp is held each June on a reservation and rotates to a different tribal community every 2 to 3 years. At the camp, professional athletes conduct sports clinics interspersed with break-out sessions that promoted self-esteem, discipline, team work and the pursuit of education. More than 750 youth from 25 tribes and 3,000 Native community members participate, and 50 professional athletes representing football, basketball, baseball, soccer, track and field, volleyball and lacrosse lead sports and mentoring clinics at the camp.

Since its inception, more than 5,000 youth, 2,000 families and 25,000 Native community members have been served through the Native Vision initiative. The following reservations have hosted the camp:

1996 Navajo Reservation, Chinle, AZ 2001 White Mountain Apache, AZ
1997 Navajo Reservation, Chinle, AZ 2002 White Mountain Apache, AZ
1998 Windriver Reservation, WY 2004 10 Southern Pueblo Tribes, NM
1999 Windriver Reservation, WY 2005 10 Southern Pueblo Tribes, NM
2000 Windriver Reservation, WY 2006 White Mountain Apache, AZ 
2007 10 Southern Pueblo Tribes, NM


12th Annual “Evening with the Stars” Gala:
This annual fundraising gala offers corporate and individual supporters the opportunity to improve the lives of our country’s first people while enjoying an evening of mingling with the stars, dining and an auction of unique sports memorabilia and packages including an all-expense paid trip to the Super Bowl.  Proceeds from Evening with the Stars will benefit Native Vision’s Annual Sports & Life Skills Camp, slated for June 2008.

Please contact Jackie Shearer at the NFLPA at (202) 756-9120 or at jackie.shearer@nflplayers.com for more information about the NFLPA’s partnership with Native Vision.

PAX Real Solutions to Gun Violence

PAX/Real Solutions to Gun Violence is a nonpolitical nonprofit that provides all Americans with simple and accessible solutions to make their homes, schools and communities safer. NFL players have helped bring life-saving messages to parents and students by supporting PAX’s two groundbreaking national campaigns: SPEAK UP and ASK (Asking Saves Kids).

SPEAK UP is a national awareness and educational initiative providing students with tools to improve the safety of their schools and communities.

1-866-SPEAK-UP is the first and only national hotline for students to anonymously report weapon-related threats in their schools and neighborhoods. NFL players have been instrumental in reaching large numbers of students who may otherwise afraid or unwilling to speak up. Since 2002, the hotline has received more than 25,000 calls.

ASK (Asking Saves Kids)

Based on the fact that 40% of homes with children have a gun, with many left unlocked or loaded, the ASK campaign urges parents to ask about guns before sending their children to play at someone's home. NFL players have encouraged parents to include asking about gun safety as a routine part of good parenting.

View the Public Service Announcements at http://www.paxusa.org/psa/NFLPA_PSAs.html

For more information visit www.paxusa.org.

Training Camp for Life

Training Camp for Life is an educational symposium developed by the NFLPA with Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions aimed at assisting high school football players with their transition from high school to college and beyond. The training camp covers topics such as SAT/ACT test strategies; NCAA compliance/recruiting; financial literacy; media relations; choices & consequences; perception versus reality; off-the-field conduct; drug-free sports and life after football.

For more information visit:
http://www.kaptest.com/
http://www.nefe.org/
http://www.nflyouthfootball.com/