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Volume 22 No. 35
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NFL linebacker sets charitable example for others

The holiday season signals the beginning of a series of events in which the sports industry celebrates by hosting turkey and gift giveaways.

These heartfelt traditions are often inspired by an athlete’s childhood memories of their family’s struggle to afford holiday celebrations and their wish to help other families realize their holiday dreams.

Raise the Barr, founded by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, hosted a holiday party last year at Jeremiah Program, a residential initiative for single moms pursuing post-secondary education. Anthony regularly visits the kids at the program’s early childhood development center, which they provide in tandem with an array of services for the whole family.

Raise the Barr repeatedly hears how difficult it is for families to find and access the resources they deserve. Lack of transportation is a key factor as is the non-centralization of services. Who can realistically take the time off to travel to multiple locations?

To increase the long-term impact, I’d encourage athletes, teams, and leagues to partner this season with local charities that can advise families in attendance on more comprehensive resources available to them.

Excitingly, this simple additional step could transform the lives of families for generations.

Stephanie Sandler
CEO, Full Circle Philanthropy
Boston

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