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  • Eric Martinez

NFL Players Brought Families Thanksgiving Cheer

Community outreach is a major emphasis and desire point for the NFLPA. It is extremely important to give back to the communities especially during Thanksgiving. Each NFL player displays a unique way of spreading the holiday spirit to families in their hometown or team cities.

For example, Jacksonville Jaguars’ Josh Allen and Travon Walker provided 200 kids at the Boys and Girls Club Thanksgiving dinner. Both players were positively influenced by their Boys and Girls Club in their hometowns and felt the need to give back. New York Giants, Saquon Barkley held a Turkey Drive for residents of East Orange, NJ. He distributed more than 1,500 main dishes for Thanksgiving.

Players like Kevin Byard of the Tennessee Titans partnered with Vibrant Meals and provided more than 200 meals through Rally Foundation and Bridge Ministries. Nakobe Dean of the Philadelphia Eagles partnered with Urban Affairs Coalition to distribute 2,000 meals to families in need for the holiday. There are many players that have their own foundations that contributed in multiple ways. For example, Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers served Thanksgiving meals to over 450 people in Tampa, FL and Galveston, TX through his Mike Evans Family Foundation. Carlos Dunlap of the Kansas City Chiefs held a turkey and clothing giveaway at the Community Resource Center in North Charleston, South Carolina hosted by the Carlos Dunlap Foundation.

As mentioned above, it is important to include several players that participated in giving back to their communities that include NFL names such as: Bradley Chubb, Calais Campbell, Teddy Bridgewater, Xavien Howard, Fletcher Cox, Maxx Crosby, Dion Dawkins, Myles Garrett, Tyreek Hill, DeAndre Hopkins, Matthew Judon, Grady Jarrett, Adam Thielen and many more. Spending time enriching their communities is a great way to broaden the perceptions of the world. Not only a sense of helping, but surrounding yourself with people who are dedicated to bettering the world and gaining a sense of purpose by serving. Many players will tell you how important it was for them growing up, and how it helped unite their communities and bridge some of the social, economic and political gaps.

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