Calais Campbell Named 2024 Alan Page Community Award Winner
CALAIS CAMPBELL NAMED 2024 NFLPA ALAN PAGE COMMUNITY AWARD WINNER
LAS VEGAS – The NFL Players Association announced Calais Campbell as the recipient of the 2024 Alan Page Community Award at its annual Super Bowl press conference on Wednesday. In recognition, the NFLPA will donate $100,000 to Campbell’s CRC Foundation.
“Alan Page’s legacy reaches much further than football – it’s one of serving others, furthering education and advancing justice,” Campbell said. “I’ve been blessed to enjoy 16 years in the National Football League, and I hope to leave a fraction of the impact in the communities I’ve played in as he had on his. He is an inspiration, and I am completely grateful and honored to be mentioned alongside him and to receive the 2024 NFLPA Alan Page Community Award.”
Campbell’s longstanding commitment to use his platform as a football player to make a difference in the lives of others was on full display this season. When the Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman notched his 100th career sack in October, he used the milestone as a backdrop for his latest outreach initiative. Campbell donated $150,000 to under-resourced teachers in the four team cities that’s he played in: Phoenix, Jacksonville, Baltimore and Atlanta.
The NFLPA Executive Committee member worked with Kids In Need Foundation’s Supply A Teacher program to select 25 teachers from each city to receive $500 worth of essential school supplies and $500 to purchase other classroom resources. Campbell then decided to donate $25,000 each to support Denver South and South Miami teachers, a nod to where he played high school and college football (University of Miami), respectively, en route to earning Week 7 NFLPA Community MVP honors.
No matter where his football career has taken him, Campbell has shown up for those who need it most, embracing the community’s underprivileged populations with his infections smile and jovial spirit.
Last summer, after signing with the Falcons, he and his wife, Rocio, hosted a Welcome to Atlanta charitable weekend, visiting young patients on the cancer and blood disorder, cardiac and transplant floors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and surprising 10 single mothers and their kids with $500 grocery gift cards to help lighten their load.
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020, Campbell provided new laptops to 100 disadvantaged students so they could successfully participate in virtual learning. The year before that, as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Campbell donated $20,000 to four organizations that benefitted domestic violence victims and youth in his hometown of Denver. He also hosted two holiday shopping sprees for local kids and held youth mentorship sessions through semi-weekly trips to Northwestern Middle School during his time in the northeast Florida region. And in 2014, the now three-time NFLPA Community MVP earned this distinction for the first time after he handed out 300 Thanksgiving meals to people in Phoenix before participating in a local school’s Turkey Trot for charity.
The six-time Pro Bowler’s Charles Richard Campbell (CRC) Foundation serves as the vehicle for his consistent philanthropy. Launched in 2009 and named after his late father, who passed away when Campbell was 17 years old, the non-profit’s mission stems from his dad’s philosophies of community activism, goal setting and teaching life skills to young people in a way that would allow them to overcome adversity and become well-prepared adults.
As the NFLPA’s highest honor, the Alan Page Community Award annually recognizes one player who demonstrates a profound dedication to positively impacting his team’s city and communities across the country, following in the spirit of the Pro Football Hall of Famer and social pioneer for whom the award is named. As an award for the players and by the players, each year’s winner is selected by his NFL peers, who cast their vote for one of the award’s five finalists via electronic ballot.
Since 2014, the NFLPA Community MVP program has honored one player each week during the regular season for his outreach efforts. Each of the 18 annual NFLPA Community MVPs is awarded $10,000 for his foundation or charity of choice and commits to making a virtual or in-person visit to a school or children’s hospital as a way to encourage his youngest fans. The winners also become eligible for the NFLPA Alan Page Community Award, whose five finalists are determined by an external committee of judges across labor, media and charity as well as a digital fan vote.
In commemoration of NFLPA Community MVP’s 10th season, our supporting partner HEARTLENT Group digitally created 18 unique football statues that showcased the players’ cause and team city while highlighting the remarkable philanthropy demonstrated by each of the honorees.
For more information about the Alan Page Community Award and the Community MVP program, please visit nflpa.com/community-mvp.
Previous NFLPA Alan Page Community Award Winners*:
2023 Damar Hamlin, Buffalo Bills
2022 Rodney McLeod, Philadelphia Eagles
2021 Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons
2020 Brandon Copeland, New York Jets
2019 Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams
2018 Chris Long, Philadelphia Eagles
2017 Malcolm Jenkins, Philadelphia Eagles
2016 Thomas Davis, Carolina Panthers
2015 Chad Greenway, Minnesota Vikings
2014 Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
2013 Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh Steelers
2012 Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
2011 Tony Richardson, New York Jets
2010 Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland Raiders
2009 Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia Eagles
2008 Warrick Dunn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Atlanta Falcons
2007 John Lynch, Denver Broncos
2006 Steve McNair, Tennessee Titans
2005 Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
2004 Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2003 Troy Vincent, Philadelphia Eagles
2002 Mark Brunell, Jacksonville Jaguars
2001 Michael McCrary, Baltimore Ravens
2000 Doug Pelfrey, Cincinnati Bengals
1999 Cris Carter, Minnesota Vikings
1998 Hardy Nickerson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1997 Chris Zorich, Chicago Bears
1996 Bill Brooks, Buffalo Bills
1995 Derrick Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs
1994 Mark Kelso, Buffalo Bills
1993 Nick Lowery, Kansas City Chiefs
1992 Reggie White, Green Bay Packers
1991 Mike Kenn, Atlanta Falcons
1990 Ozzie Newsome, Cleveland Browns
1989 Mike Singletary, Chicago Bears
1988 Deron Cherry, Kansas City Chiefs
1987 George Martin, New York Giants
1986 Nat Moore, Miami Dolphins
1985 Reggie Williams, Cincinnati Bengals
1984 Rolf Benirschke, San Diego Chargers
1983 Doug Dieken, Cleveland Browns
1982 Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers
1981 Ken Houston, Washington Redskins
1980 Gene Upshaw, Los Angeles Raiders
1979 Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys
1978 Archie Manning, New Orleans Saints
1977 Lyle Alzado, Denver Broncos
1976 Jim Hart, St. Louis Cardinals
1975 Rocky Bleier, Pittsburgh Steelers
1974 Floyd Little, Denver Broncos
1973 Andy Russell, Pittsburgh Steelers
1972 Ray May, Baltimore Colts
1971 Kermit Alexander, Los Angeles Rams
1970 Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears
1969 Ed Meador, Los Angeles Rams
1968 Willie Davis, Green Bay Packers
1967 Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers
*Team listed indicates which team player was on at the time he was awarded
**The award was re-established as the NFLPA Alan Page Community Award in 2018
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