Philadelphia wide receiver Jordan Matthews has not been in the National Football League for very long, but already he is making an impact both on and off the field.
A 2014 graduate of Vanderbilt, Matthews earned First Team All-SEC twice and was named a third-team All-American his senior season. In just his first two seasons with the Eagles, he has hauled in 152 receptions for 1,869 yards and 16 touchdowns, leading his team in both receiving yards (997) and touchdown receptions (8) last season.
In his off-time, however infrequent it may be, Jordan has committed to giving back to his new Philadelphia home. Almost immediately after joining the Eagles, Matthews started visiting the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where he would help hand out Eagles-themed capes to the young patients.
So, when the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA), who is charitable partners with the Children’s Brain Tumor Fund (CBTF), was looking for a player brand ambassador for their 2016 Help Kids Be Kids campaign, Matthews was a natural choice.
“Jordan is an outstanding choice for the player brand ambassador with LIMA and CBTF. He donates most of his free time during the season visiting and inspiring children at CHOP,” Steve Scebelo, the Vice President of Licensing and Business Development at the NFL Players Association, said of Matthews.
This past Monday, May 2nd, Matthews stopped by CHOP to make some new friends, something that is very important to the third year player.
I think people need to look inside and say how can we go out of our way to help out these children, any type of foundation they can donate to or just coming here to spend time with them is always important. The kids really enjoy it, and you always leave feeling better than when you came. I encourage anybody to get involved.
“Jordan truly has a special gift for reaching children,” Christina Jordan, Director of Marketing for LIMA, said of Matthews. “He was just so good with them and the children lit up when they interacted with him. It seemed like for a moment, the pain was secondary.”
Since 2004, LIMA has helped raise over 5.4 million dollars for the CBTF, a number that Jordan Matthews hopes to help grow. For more information on LIMA and CBTF, please visit www.licensing.org/about/cares.