Inspire Change: Michael Thomas explores history of Juneteenth in Galveston, TX
June 19th has been a well-known holiday within the African American community since its inception in 1865. However, it has just recently come to national prominence outside of the African American community. NFL free agent Michael Thomas took us around Galveston, Texas the birthplace of Juneteenth to share this American story.
NFL Presents: Advancing a More Equitable Workforce
On July 25, 2022, Inspire Change hosted NFL Presents: Advancing a More Equitable Workforce, convening non-profit leaders and NFL Legends dedicated to opening doors to opportunities for people who have traditionally been overlooked and excluded in our workforce. From providing access to specialized training and education, skills development, and connections to employers to supporting financial literacy programs and giving technology to underserved high school students, Inspire Change partners and NFL Legends shared how they are reducing barriers to opportunity and helping to build a more equitable workforce. Speakers discussed the recurring challenges they see employers struggle with when expanding hiring pools and how their training programs and employer partnerships serve as the bridge.
Moderated by Kimmi Chex from NFL Network, the event featured Warrick Dunn, former running back, three-time Pro Bowler and 2004 Walter Payton Man of the Year; Sam Lewis, Executive Director of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC); Jason McCourty, former defensive back and on-air host of Good Morning Football; and Plinio Ayala, President and CEO of Per Scholas.
For more information on the career development and training programs offered by ARC and Per Scholas, please visit www.antirecidivism.org and www.perscholas.org.
Dion Dawkins hosts roundtable after Buffalo mass shooting with Bills, legends | Inspire Change
Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins hosts a roundtable after the Buffalo mass shooting with current and former Bills players.
Where The Money Goes 2022 | Inspire Change
Through Inspire Change, the NFL has committed $250M to social justice causes over the next 10 years. Nate Burleson explains how that money is impacting communities across America. To learn more about the NFL's efforts to address barriers to opportunity and equality caused by systemic racism, visit NFL.com/InspireChange. #InspireChange
Say Their Stories: George Floyd, as told by Damion Square
Eight minutes and 46 seconds: you can do a lot in that span of time. like run a mile, read a bed-time story to a child, or put together a game-winning drive. But forcibly place a knee to a man's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds? That's unfathomable. That's what happened to George Floyd in the final minutes of his life. His murder in broad daylight in May 2020 reignited the Black Lives Matter movement, and forced everyone in our country to open their eyes to the pain Black Americans have faced for years. Damion Square shares George Floyd's story.
Inspire Change: George Floyd, two years later
It's hard to imagine that it has been two years since the world saw the murder of George Floyd in the streets on Minneapolis. Since then we've seen protests, unity, engagement, and the officer that murdered him convicted on all charges. Doug Williams, Demario Davis, and Justin Reid share their thoughts on Floyd and the change that came after his life was taken away.
NFL Presents: Drafting Mentors for the Future
On April 4th, Inspire Change hosted a virtual event titled NFL Presents: Drafting Mentors for the Future, convening experts in education and mentoring and NFL players and Legends involved in mentorship on- and off-the-field for a conversation on what mentorship looks like in our changing world.
Speakers reflected on how the mentoring field has evolved to meet the needs of our young people amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the country's racial reckoning over the past two plus years. They underscored the tremendous impact mentors can have on young people by supporting their education and providing positive experiences that bolster their mental health and overall wellness. Speakers shared how mentorship can be more accessible through Everyday Mentoring, where everyone has a role to play, how that can help narrow the gap we have in supporting all young people, and how fans can join players to serve as mentors and support the work players are doing in their communities.
Commissioner Roger Goodell provided remarks on how mentorship has positively impacted his life for decades, and Anna Isaacson, SVP of Social Responsibility, reaffirmed the league's commitment to following the lead of players in advancing social justice and how mentorship cuts across all four pillars of Inspire Change.
Moderated by Kimmi Chex from NFL Network, the event featured Kelvin Beachum, Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman and champion of mentoring; Thomas Davis, NFL Legend, three-time Pro Bowler and 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year; Colleen Fedor, Executive Director, The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, a MENTOR Affiliate; and Artis Stevens, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
For more information about mentoring and ways to get involved, please visit Brothers Big Sisters of America (www.bbbs.org) and MENTOR (www.mentoring.org).
Kenny Clark on his work with U.S. Dream Academy | Inspire Change
Packers tackle Kenny Clark shares his experience of growing up with an incarcerated parent and how that inspired him to get involved with the U.S. Dream Academy, which supports children with parents in incarceration. U.S. Dream Academy is one of the NFL's Inspire Change education grant partners.
Cam Jordan and the 'Center for Policing Equity' | Inspire Change
Cam Jordan is a leader both on and off the football field and in his effort to inspire positive change throughout the country has committed himself to improving the relationship between police and communities of color. This work is something Cam has in common with the "Center for Policing Equity", an organization the NFL has provided a grant for, that is committed to collecting data that helps law enforcement agencies identify ways to improve their relationships with the communities they serve.
Covenant House | Inspire Change
Through its Inspire Change initiative, the NFL is dedicated to supporting grant partners like Covenant House; in their fight to provide housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness.
Inspire Change: Byron Jones
In honor of Black History Month, Byron Jones of the Miami Dolphins talks about why it is so important to have people of color in the rooms where decisions are being made in the media and marketing industries, which is why he supports the work done through the Marcus Graham Project. For more information visit marcusgrahamproject.org.
Willie McGinest, MJ Acosta-Ruiz speak with youth as part of NFL's Inspire Change program
NFL Network's Willie McGinest and MJ Acosta-Ruiz spoke with youth as part of NFL's Inspire Change program.
MJ Acosta-Ruiz discusses Sisters of the Movement | Black History Month
NFL Network's MJ Acosta-Ruiz discusses Sisters of the Movement | Black History Month.
Previewing NFL Inspire Change Special
Steve Wyche previews the NFL's Inspire Change Special airing on FOX on Sun, 1/30 at 11 a.m. ET.
NFL, Per Scholas partnering to train, provide access to those excluded from tech careers | Inspire Change
Learn about the Per Scholas' mission to train and provide access to those typically excluded from careers in the technology industry.
Jason McCourty on his work with Breakthrough Miami | Inspire Change
Dolphins defensive back Jason McCourty introduces Breakthrough Miami, an academic enrichment program for students in low-resource areas. Breakthrough Miami is one of the NFL's Inspire Change education grant partners.
NFL working with grant partner National Urban League to decrease racial equity gap | Inspire Change
We all deserve a home: The NFL is working with grant partner National Urban League to help decrease the racial equity gap in America. Go to nfl.com/inspirechange to learn more.
History of NFL's Inspire Change initiative
Watch the history of the NFL's Inspire Change initiative.
Rodney and Erika McLeod's initiative, Change Our Future, inspired by Black Lives Matter | Say Their Stories
To Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod, Black Lives Matter is more than just a phrase, it's an investment into our youth. After the protests of 2020 McLeod and his wife Erika were motivated to do more to advance the lives of black people in this country – specifically within education. In this installment of Say Their Stories, Rodney shares how he and his wife are doing their part to Inspire Change.
It Takes All Of Us to Advance Social Justice | Inspire Change
The NFL, players, and clubs created the Inspire Change initiative as part of an ongoing acknowledgement of the ways that systemic racism contributes to barriers to opportunity and equality.
Learn more about the NFL's efforts to create progress in education, economic advancement, community and police relations, and criminal justice reform.
Cam Jordan, Marching Together: Police, Community, and the City of New Orleans Ep. 4
Watch the fourth episode of New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan's Inspire Change series.
Say Their Stories: Eddie Jackson
Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson shares his story about what motivates him to be an active member of the community.
Cam Jordan, Marching Together: Police, Community, and the City of New Orleans Ep. 3
New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Cam Jordan tells his story of marching together with the police and New Orlenas community.
Cam Jordan, Marching Together: Police, Community, and the City of New Orleans Ep. 2
Watch the second episode of New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan's Inspire Change series.