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NFL Honors 2023 Inspire Change Changemakers for Social Justice Advocacy

In conjunction with its clubs, the NFL proudly unveils the 2023 Inspire Change Changemakers list for their unwavering commitment to social justice causes. Recognizing individuals from diverse backgrounds, these 32 Changemakers have been selected for their remarkable efforts in transforming communities and championing the fight against systemic injustices.

This marks the second consecutive year that the NFL and its clubs have celebrated the Inspire Change Changemakers, a testament to the league's dedication to supporting initiatives addressing critical societal issues. Nominated by their respective NFL teams, these Changemakers have made significant strides in education, economic advancement, police-community relations, and criminal justice reform.

The NFL Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility, Anna Isaacson, expressed the league's pride in spotlighting these outstanding individuals. She noted, "Their stories and achievements are a testament to their profound empathy, diligence, and contributions, and they inspire all of us today and every day."

Each of the 32 Changemakers will receive special recognition during their teams' Inspire Change games in Weeks 15 and 16. Additionally, they will be awarded a $10,000 donation from the NFL Foundation, directed to a non-profit organization of their choosing.

Let's take a closer look at a few of the remarkable individuals named as Inspire Change Changemakers in 2023:

1. Martina Estrada (Arizona Cardinals): Recognized for her work with Arizona Brain Food, Estrada, a Family Support Specialist, has dedicated 14 years to Mesa Public Schools, providing resources to address students' educational, emotional, and social needs.

2. Anthony Hinton (Atlanta Falcons): Acknowledged for his contribution to the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), Hinton serves as a Community Educator, offering legal assistance to individuals on death row in Alabama. His impactful work extends to his role as an author advocating for criminal justice reform in 'The Sun Does Shine.'

3. Damion Cooper (Baltimore Ravens): Cooper, nominated by the Baltimore Ravens, is committed to enhancing police and community relations through his work with Project Pneuma. Annually, he supports over 500 students in Baltimore City, addressing their intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

4. Nekia Kemp (Buffalo Bills): Recognized for her work with the Police Athletic League (PAL) of Buffalo, Kemp has devoted over 25 years to diverse educational settings, serving as the Executive Director of Buffalo PAL, where she impacts the lives of countless children.

5. Brandon Chrostowski (Cleveland Browns): Nominated by the Cleveland Browns for his efforts with EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, Chrostowski founded EDWINS in 2007 to provide culinary and hospitality industry training to formerly incarcerated adults, offering them a pathway to success.

6. Michelle Graham Rodriguez (Denver Broncos): Rodriguez, nominated by the Denver Broncos, serves as the Executive Director of The Urban Farm (TUF), focusing on justice-involved and at-risk youth through the Cultivating Change in Youth diversion programming.

7. Khali Sweeney (Detroit Lions): Recognized for his work with Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG), Sweeney, as Founder and CEO, empowers youth by providing comprehensive programming, including life coaching, academic support, health and nutrition, transportation, and athletics.

8. Sylvester Turner (Houston Texans): Acknowledged for his role as the 62nd Mayor of the City of Houston, Mayor Turner's initiatives, such as the Hire Houston Youth Program, Complete Communities program, and One Safe Houston initiative, aim to empower and revitalize under-resourced communities.

9. Reggie Fullwood (Jacksonville Jaguars): As President and CEO of Operation New Hope, Fullwood's organization offers support, life and job skills training, employment services, and case management to returning citizens, fostering successful re-entry into society.

10. Deidre Anderson (Kansas City Chiefs): Anderson, nominated by the Kansas City Chiefs for her work with EarlystART, ensures school readiness for children from low-income families, providing health, nutrition, and social services tailored to each family's unique needs.

These Changemakers and the remaining inspiring individuals form a formidable group recognized for their tireless efforts in creating positive change. Throughout Inspire Change Weeks, running until December 25, the NFL will continue raising awareness of its commitment to social justice. The league has provided $300 million since 2017 to advance causes in education, economic advancement, police-community relations, and criminal justice reform.

To learn more about the 2023 Inspire Change Changemakers and the league's ongoing efforts, and

This is Dez Barnes of Pretty Girls Love Sports, a journalist on the MTMV Sports platform. She is a retired US Army veteran, professional cheerleader, pet mom, and avid sports lover. Feel free to follow her writings as she dives into the latest sports news! You can find her on all social media channels @PGLOVESPORTS.

1 Comment

I hope they are able to actualize these things.

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