For Immediate Release
November 15, 2019
Media Contact: Brandon Parker | Communications Manager
Brandon.Parker@nflpa.com | 202-756-9160
NEW YORK’S KELVIN BEACHUM NAMED WEEK 10 NFLPA COMMUNITY MVP
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kelvin Beachum has been named Week 10 NFLPA Community MVP for donating $10,000 to the United Way of Greater Newark and setting up a drive that generated 26,000 bottles of clean water for residents in need – most of which he personally delivered.
“It’s an honor to be the first player to win Community MVP four times,” said Beachum, who was also named NFLPA Community MVP in 2014, 2016 and 2018. “For me, a spirit of giving is a foundational principle that was ingrained in me since childhood.”
After hearing about the growing water crisis in nearby Newark due to rising levels of lead contamination, the New York Jets alternate player rep stepped up in a big way for his team city this season. Beachum’s latest efforts came this past week, as he built on his generous monetary donation by partnering with Aquafina for a campaign during the Nov. 10 game between the New York Jets and New York Giants. For every bottle purchased at MetLife Stadium, one bottle was donated to the United Way of Greater Newark in helping provide clean water to the city’s less fortunate residents.
On Tuesday, Beachum helped personally deliver the 26,000 bottles of water that was raised for the people of Newark. He also distributed food and turkeys to a handful of underprivileged families in advance of Thanksgiving.
“As a Christian, father, son and professional athlete, I feel a strong responsibility to speak up and take action for those who are underprivileged and those who are marginalized,” Beachum said. “That work will never stop.”
True to his mission to provide clean water access for those in need, Beachum donated an additional $10,000 in August to the United Way of Essex and West Hudson and personally distributed water in Newark’s South Ward following the Jets final preseason game.
The eight-year veteran has also shown a commitment to serving others by providing school supplies and classroom resources to students and teachers; advocating for STEM education to minority students; and working to end hunger locally and internationally. In addition to volunteering at the Food Bank For New York City once a month, Beachum sponsored a large-scale food distribution that fed more than 3,000 families in his hometown of Mexia, Texas earlier this year.
In honor of Beachum being named this week’s Community MVP, the NFLPA will make a $10,000 contribution to the Beachum Charitable Fund. Also, our supporting partner Pledge It has set up a crowdfunding campaign to support DonorsChoose.org. Supporters can pledge contributions based on every offensive touchdown by the Jets, or they can make a flat donation at the following website:
Beachum, along with the other 2019 Community MVPs, will become eligible for this year’s Alan Page Community Award, which is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player.
The NFLPA Community MVP program recognizes NFL players who are making a positive impact in their local communities. Each week during the regular season, the NFLPA will celebrate one NFL player who has demonstrated a commitment to giving back to his community. Please visit our website to read more about the program.
2019 NFLPA Community MVP winners:
Week 0: Derrick Nnadi, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 1: Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
Week 2: Rashaad Coward, Chicago Bears
Week 3: Lonnie Johnson, Houston Texans
Week 4: Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 5: Brandon Carr, Baltimore Ravens
Week 6: Deatrich Wise Jr., New England Patriots
Week 7: Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 8: Demario Davis, New Orleans Saints
Week 9: Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers
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