Legacy Grant Provides $2 Million to Los Angeles Communities | Soccer

By The Associated Press

A $2 million grant is being awarded to communities in Los Angeles with funding from the NFL Foundation, Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee, LA84 Foundation and Play Equity Fund.

Each grant will support the Champions Live Here initiative, which highlighted the achievements of 56 grassroots organizations focusing their work on youth development, jobs and economic opportunity, and social justice.

The Legacy Program awarded each of the selected organizations a grant of $10,000; a professionally produced vignette-style video highlighting the organization; and provided recognition for their work in the lead up to the Super Bowl. Six of these 56 organizations were selected in December to each receive a total grant of $50,000 to have an even greater impact in their community.

“The Super Bowl 56 Legacy program will expand the work of diverse partners who are committed to finding solutions to the challenges that exist for children in underprivileged communities,” said Renata Simril, President and CEO of the LA84 Foundation. “These are challenges that every city faces, but they are not insurmountable if we work together. The NFL has dedicated resources to support the unsung heroes who improve the Los Angeles area, and highlights their work to inspire others to join us. This partnership will bring play and sport to neighborhoods where children don’t have the chance to play, to close the gap in fair play and improve the lives of these young people. That’s the true legacy of Super Bowl 56.”

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Off the Field, the official association of NFL players’ wives, and Hall of Fame Health are teaming up to help families get health care.

Hall of Fame Health, which launched two years ago, seeks to bring world-class healthcare solutions and services to members of the football community. It not only focuses on former players, but also wives, children and other family members or dependents.

A 16-year-old organization, OTF seeks to empower its more than 12,000 members nationwide by creating opportunities to impact communities across the United States through family-focused philanthropic efforts. .

“This may be the most important relationship we’ve ever formed,” said Jeremy Hogue, CEO of Hall of Fame Health. “These are strong women and, like most women across the country, they usually make the decisions about home health care. They make sure their husbands get the care they need and their children get the care they need. We want to support them and facilitate this process, and also make sure that they don’t sacrifice themselves in the process and also get the care they need.

Hall of Fame Health offers a concierge service; partnerships with health systems and medical groups; assistance with insurance and benefit matters; and a comprehensive behavioral health network with providers at all levels of care.

“I look forward to this much-needed partnership to ensure NFL wives get the most out of our benefits,” said Rachel McKenzie, OTF President and wife of NFL veteran Mike McKenzie of 11 years. “Together, we’ll help reduce the time spent dealing with the intricacies of disability benefits and more.”

With one of the most diverse front offices in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns received the inaugural John B. Wooten Award for Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace.

The team was honored by the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a non-profit organization made up of league scouts, coaches and staff, and other sports professionals committed to equal opportunity in the industry. .

An offensive lineman with the Browns from 1959 to 1967, Wooten, 85, is the former president of the alliance.

The team received the award Thursday in Los Angeles.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion are priorities for us,” said Browns executive vice president and general manager Andrew Berry, one of seven black general managers in the league. “We deliberately hire and develop people who come from different backgrounds and have different perspectives. We believe that success in the NFL comes from the right people and that the right people come from all walks of life.

“We appreciate the recognition and look forward to continuing the work.”

The Browns have taken an active approach filling the business and football operations departments with multiple scholarships and minority hires over the past few years. Berry has served in two relevant roles, hiring Glenn Cook, the team’s vice president of player personnel, and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, the team’s former vice president of football operations who was recently hired in as Minnesota’s general manager.

Additionally, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski hired Callie Brownson as chief of staff before promoting her to assistant coach — one of the few female assistants in the league.

Deebo Samuel’s accomplishments in 2021 are enough for anyone to be proud of, but one failure is always stuck in his mind.

The San Francisco third-year wide and 2021 All-Pro selection has recorded an NFL record eight rushing touchdowns for his position, as well as more than 1,400 receiving yards this season. Because the Los Angeles Rams beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, Samuel will sit idly by on Sunday.

“I still haven’t gotten over it yet,” Samuel said. “I started thinking about it again when I walked in here like, ‘Man, we should be here.’ But it’s like that.”

Speaking to AP podcast host Rob Maaddi, Samuel said he was a fan of the extra workload coach Kyle Shanahan threw at him.

“I really like it because I personally feel like I’m very dangerous every time I have the ball in my hands,” Samuel said. “That’s why I really like him a lot.”

Next year, the 49ers offense could be different. After drafting quarterback Trey Lance third overall in 2021, San Francisco looks set to get rid of incumbent starter Jimmy Garoppolo.

Regardless of who is under center in 2022, Samuel is confident in either option.

“I’ve been a Jimmy fan since I’ve been there and when I say I’m gonna rock with him, I’m gonna rock with him,” Samuel said. “Even though he won’t be part of the team, I will always be a fan of Jimmy.

“But as I said a while ago, I have full confidence and belief that Trey Lance is the guy we need.”

Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur is the recipient of the EdjSports Coach of the Year award.

The analytics firm ranks coaches on how well they handle fourth-tier calls and other decisions with its Critical Calls Index, as well as a power ranking of team performances to arrive at a ranking throughout the season.

LaFleur placed eighth in the Critical Call Index and third in the power rankings to claim first place overall ahead of Frank Reich of Indianapolis. The only other coaches to finish in the top 10 in both categories were Reich, Kansas City’s Andy Reid and Buffalo’s Sean McDermott.

Chargers first-year coach Brandon Staley earned the No. 1 spot on the Critical Calls Index after his aggressive season storming fourth downs.

The two Super Bowl coaches came lower down the list, with the Rams’ Sean McVay ranking 14th overall and Cincinnati’s Zac Taylor 19th.

The Los Angeles Rams shoelaces that Sony Michel will wear during Sunday’s game will be donated to be made into two wristbands.

Rastaclat founder Daniel Kasidi will make the bracelets. One will be given to Michel and the other will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club.

“I’m thrilled to partner with Rastaclat and give back to the Los Angeles community in a cool and creative way,” Michel said in a statement. “It’s amazing that Rastaclat turns something as simple as my football boot laces into a work of art. I look forward to a great partnership with the company.

Michel is averaging eight carries in the Rams’ three playoff games.

Bengals tight end CJ Uzomah is ready to celebrate in an unusual way if Cincinnati wins the Super Bowl.

Uzomah said Thursday he was on the “Pardon the Take” podcast and when the host said he would take a bath in Cincinnati’s famous Skyline chili if the Bengals won, Uzomah joined in.

“I said I’ll join you,” Uzomah said. “Easy. 100%. I’m wearing a bathing suit but if you put it in a pool I’ll dive in there and eat on the way out.

AP Pro Football writers Josh Dubow, Simmi Buttar, Teresa M. Walker and Barry Wilner and sportswriters Joe Reedy and Tom Withers, and freelancer Andrew Destin contributed.

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