Inspire Change: Eric Kendricks and the 'George Floyd Effect' in Minneapolis
One year ago, following the tragic loss of George Floyd, the ensuing social justice protests galvanized the fight for positive change around the world, especially in Floyd's hometown of Minneapolis. Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks is among those who have taken the message of "Inspire Change" to heart by working to change the landscape of the city, one hopeful step at a time.
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.
Cam Jordan, Marching Together: Police, Community and the City of New Orleans Ep. 1
Watch the first episode of New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan's Inspire Change series.
Cam Jordan and Crescent City Corps | Inspire Change trailer
Check out the trailer for New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan's new Inspire Change docuseries, which launches with its first episode on Thursday, November 11.
Inspire Change: Kelvin Beachum on the importance of STEAM, mentorship
"I had no idea where these young men were going to go in life, I just knew that I wanted to support."
When Kelvin Beachum saw the lack in equity of resources and access to STEAM education for people of color, he set out to bring more representation to the field for students at a young age. Kelvin Konnects is an initiative that connects with students early on in their educational journey and provides them with the mentorship they need to be successful in STEAM.
Logan Ryan | Say Their Stories
Logan Ryan, like many of us, was disgusted by the murder of George Floyd. Ryan, being the son of a retired Camden New Jersey police officer, thought there must be a solution to the problem that is police brutality in our country. Thus, they formed RAST - Ryan's Alternative Solutions Training - a training method that helps officers lead with empathy when dealing with people in their community.