Mission Possible Foundation Awarded Social Justice Grant by NFL Foundation
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
|On Tuesday, Melvin Ingram’s Mission Possible Foundation was
awarded a $5,000 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 Mission Possible Foundation’s outreach programs for
financially disadvantaged youth in inner-city Los Angeles.
|During his six-year NFL career, Ingram has remained steadily
involved in both the San Diego and now Los Angeles communities. Focused around
providing opportunities and educational resources to low-income youth in Los
Angeles, Ingram’s foundation has consistently demonstrated an ongoing impact on
children’s lives. Ingram has twice held a ‘Gearing Up’ back-to-school program
that distributed backpacks full of classroom supplies, enriching the academic
experience of 548 students in the process. He has also held an annual holiday
program, ‘Mission: Christmas,’ benefitting low-income, single-parent families.
|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 educational opportunity is one of the largest
barriers preventing economically-challenged students from excelling and reaching
their full potential. Ingram’s outreach addresses this need through his annual
Gearing Up and Mission: Christmas programs. This Social Justice grant will
allow Melvin Ingram’s Mission Possible Foundation to continue to grow its
outreach programming in Los Angeles.