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Green Bay Packers Pledge $250,000 for Racial Equality and Social Justice

Oct 25, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams (30) celebrates with quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.
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NFL.com reported that the Green Bay Packers had pledged $250,000 to nonprofits to support racial equality and social justice efforts.

The Packers will grant money to organizations in Kenosha, Madison, and Milwaukee. The names of the organizations are “Building Our Future and The Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund, in Kenosha; 100 Black Men of Madison Inc., and Urban League of Greater Madison Inc., in Madison; and Leaders Igniting Transformation in Milwaukee.”

Additionally, the Packers put out a statement pledging to “remain committed to doing our part to address the pervasive issues of racial inequality and social injustice in our communities.” The state of Wisconsin only a few months ago had to deal with the Kenosha shooting.

Preceding these grants were two $150,000 donations given to Milwaukee organizations Sherman Phoenix and Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Also, owners Mark and Laurie Murphy gave personal donations to groups in Green Bay, Madison, and Milwaukee.

NFL Making A Statement

The NFL has made efforts this season to support social justice movements, although some fans haven’t taken it well. On opening night, the Texans and Chiefs stood together to show support only for Kansas City fans to boo.

The league owners need to put money where their mouth is and contribute to these organizations attempting to make grass-root changes.

During the pandemic, the NFL and NFLPA announced social justice initiatives. Furthermore, the NFL and NFLPA advocates for players to vote and have assigned a day off for players to do so.

The Green Bay Packers organization is taking the right steps towards contributing to social justice initiatives. The hope is that all teams follow suit. For example, The Baltimore Ravens in early August pledged $1 Million to grassroots organizations in the Baltimore area.

The NFL and specific organizations are tackling racial Equality and Social Justice, and rightfully so. The Packers are just one example of what can be done to see a change.

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