National Football League players, today joined United Way professionals and youth from around the country at the United Way Youth Empowerment Summit hosted at American University. This three-day event engages participants in ways to improve the academic success of students and create engagement opportunities for TEAM NFL members and their fans to recruit readers, tutors and mentors.
“I am proud to serve as the Pittsburgh Steelers United Way Ambassador since 2006 and excited to get Steelers fans involved in the volunteer opportunities United Way has to offer. I have benefited from mentoring relationships and want kids in Steeler Nation to have the opportunity to realize their full potential,” said
TEAM NFL is a volunteer group of college-educated, civic-minded NFL players from teams across the league. The team members are committed to education opportunities and recruiting one million readers, tutors and mentors. As a representative of TEAM NFL, Charlie has a goal to recruit 3,000 volunteer pledges.
Other TEAM NFL members include Carolina Panthers quarterback and 2011 NFL Rookie of the Year, Cam Newton; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs; New York Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings among others.
United Way of Allegheny County is counting on Steeler Nation to support Charlie. As six-time Super Bowl Champions, we want to show the rest of the NFL, and the rest of the country, we are champions on and off the field. To learn more about TEAM NFL and pledge to help Charlie Batch visit: http://www.unitedway.org/team-nfl/players/charlie-batch/
“United Way volunteers play an important role in raising awareness and providing inspiration to youth around America. TEAM NFL recruitment efforts will advance the United Way call to activate one million readers, tutors and mentors and improve the academic success of our nation’s youth,” said NFL Partnership Director Tracey Holmes.
The Youth Empowerment Summit culminates on Thursday, June 21 in Washington, D.C. when, TEAM NFL will take to Capitol Hill and speak with members of Congress about education issues.
“Be 1 in a Million is a call for volunteer readers, tutors and mentors. Anyone can join the volunteer initiative and whether you can give an hour a week or an hour a year, you can make a difference. With a number of volunteer programs including; Be A 6th Grade Mentor, Everybody Wins! and Embark!, we can help improve the educational success of our region," said Christy Stuber, Director of Volunteer Initiatives with United Way of Allegheny County.
About United Way of Allegheny County – United Way of Allegheny County is a change agent and efficient community fundraiser that improves lives by addressing critical community needs. By convening diverse partners and investing in programs and people to advance solutions, United Way creates long-lasting change and helps children and youth succeed, strengthens and supports families by promoting financial stability, ensures the safety and well-being of vulnerable seniors, and provides county-wide access to information and referral sources meeting basic needs. (UnitedWayPittsburgh.org)