NFL owners, players renew grants to nine social justice organizations

A little more than a week after taking its latest step to help conquer the digital divide in the Cleveland area while simultaneously hosting the draft, the NFL, through its Inspire Change initiative, on Monday announced the renewal of nine national social justice grant partnerships totaling $2.5 million.

Spurred by the efforts of the Players Coalition, the NFL since 2017 has donated more than $160 million to 33 national grant partners and hundreds of grassroots organizations across the country. In all, the NFL and its players have awarded more than 1,450 grants to nonprofit organizations since the owners joined forces with the Players Coalition in 2017.

In years past, the Inspire Change initiative has seen the league expand its roster of organizations. This year, however, the joint committee of owners and players — Gayle Benson (New Orleans Saints), Michael Bidwill (Arizona Cardinals), Arthur Blank (Atlanta Falcons), Dee Haslam (Cleveland Browns) and Shad Khan (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Players Coalition members Kelvin Beachum (Cardinals), Anquan Boldin, Josh McCown and Josh Norman — opted to devote resources to renewing contracts with previous partners. They share the goal of furthering the mission of fighting racial and systemic oppression. 

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