Beyond the Flash Foundation Awarded Social Justice Grant by NFL Foundation
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
|On Monday, Melvin Gordon’s Beyond the Flash Foundation was
awarded a $4,700 grant from the NFL Foundation as part of the NFL’s initiative
to help players get more involved in social causes within their community. The
grant funding will support the Beyond the Flash Foundation’s hunger relief outreach
programs targeting financially disadvantaged youth in inner-city Los Angeles.
|Melvin Gordon recently established his new charitable
foundation earlier this year with the mission of providing economically-challenged
students with educational opportunities and resources to succeed, and support
for inner-city and low-income children throughout Los Angeles who struggle with
hunger. In September, Gordon participated in a city-wide Meal Pack for 9/11 Day
alongside his Chargers teammates and earned Week 1 Community MVP honors from
the NFLPA. Gordon will continue his outreach later this season by partnering
with Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast and Second Harvest Food
Bank for a meal distribution program in December.
|The NFL Foundation’s Social Justice Grant program provides
grant funding to nonprofit organizations whose missions are focused around
social justice causes and have been financially supported by an NFL player.
According to the NFL Foundation’s website, the grants are designed to reduce
barriers to opportunity through a focus on education, criminal justice reform,
poverty, racial equality, and many other causes.
|Lack of access to basic nutrition is one of the largest
problems facing economically-challenged children living in inner-city communities,
including many in urban Los Angeles. Severe hunger affects students physically and
academically, making it harder for them to focus on classroom learning. Gordon’s
hunger relief initiatives address this ongoing need. This Social Justice grant
will allow Melvin Gordon’s Beyond the Flash Foundation to officially launch new
outreach programs, like Flash Out Hunger and Melvin’s Markets, in 2019 and improve the quality of life of hundreds of Los Angeles' most underprivileged youth.