Earning MVP Status Off the Field
- NFL player Kelvin Beachum joined Samsung for a Giving Tuesday event, donating $5,000 to DonorsChoose to benefit classrooms in New York and New Jersey.
- Samsung employees got the chance to hear Beachum's take on leadership, giving back and the latest tech gadgets he loves while also taking photos and getting his autograph.
- The event brought together Beachum, DonorsChoose and Samsung based on their shared value of empowering youth through STEM education.
by Kelvin Beachum, NFL offensive tackle for the New York Jets
Growing up, it’s always a dream to hear your name called on NFL Draft night. While the goal as a competitor in any sport is to be acknowledged as valuable on the field of play, I have always felt equally committed to earning MVP status off the field.
For me, a spirit of giving is a foundational principle that was ingrained in me since childhood. As a man of faith, 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. My experiences have provided a feeling of gratitude toward society and compassion toward those who need help.
Education is vital in the success and development of an individual. With inequity in education across the country, it is essential to work toward offering access to resources and opportunities to all students so they can thrive.
This Giving Tuesday, as a part of the global generosity movement, I am partnering with the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow national STEM contest and DonorsChoose to help fund open projects in New York and New Jersey, taking a step toward ensuring every classroom in these areas have the tools and experiences they need for a well-rounded education.
DonorsChoose is a platform that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom projects. Educators from every corner of America create classroom project requests and donors can give any amount to the project that inspires them.
As an eight-year veteran in the NFL, I have played with multiple teams in various cities and worked to impact each community I join. DonorsChoose makes it easy for me to stay connected to my hometown, my home state, and the cities I’ve played in and continue to provide access and opportunity to students across the country.
After meeting with 100 Samsung employees today in New Jersey, they each received a $50 DonorsChoose gift card to help fund open projects to provide classroom resources and additional items for a total impact of at least $5,000. Teachers at 83% of public schools in America have posted projects on the platform, which allows for every donor to make an impact in classrooms across the country of significance to them. As an advocate for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education, I have created a campaign site and hand-selected projects within the STEAM principles in under-represented areas of New Jersey and New York for this event.
Education is an essential human virtue and a necessity of society. It is the foundation for a successful future, and the basis for establishing a good life. Our education system needs support to improve resource equity, ensuring that there is a fair distribution of resources, including money, effective teaching, student supplies and a challenging curriculum.
Something happens when we actively practice a spirit of gratitude and giving; it creates a ripple effect of kindness. I encourage everyone to consider giving back through education, today on Giving Tuesday, and throughout this holiday season, and thank both DonorsChoose and Samsung for providing the platforms they do that work to enable young people to reach their full potential.