CAROLINA’S DERRICK BROWN NAMED WEEK 6 NFLPA COMMUNITY MVP

In launching his monthly Project Universal Love giveback initiative, Derrick Brown distributed pizza and more than 1,000 Halloween costumes to Charlotte youth in need during a special drive-thru event.

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CAROLINA’S DERRICK BROWN NAMED WEEK  6  NFLPA COMMUNITY MVP

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Derrick Brown has been named Week 6 NFLPA Community MVP for hosting a drive-thru Halloween event that provided more than $50,000 worth of costumes, accessories and gadgets to underprivileged Charlotte youth.

“It’s a blessing to be named NFLPA Community MVP,” Brown said. “I’m grateful to use my platform to give back and support those in need.”

Brown’s event, where he distributed pizza and more than 1,000 costumes to families in need, kicked off Project Universal Love, a monthly initiative by The Derrick Brown Foundation and The Family Institute of Health & Human Services to give back to the greater Charlotte community. Each month, Brown will work to create various pop-up villages around Charlotte that will distribute more than $50,000 in needed resources.

The Carolina Panthers rookie defensive lineman has not wasted any time in giving back to his team city since being selected No. 7 overall in this year’s NFL Draft. In addition to launching his own foundation and Project Universal Love, Brown stepped up earlier this year to help those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The former Auburn star provided five foster-care families in need each with a $1,000 gift card to Sam’s Club along with a free membership to the store.

“I look forward to continuing my impact on and off the field,” Brown said.

In honor of Brown being named this week’s Community MVP, the NFLPA will make a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or charity of choice. Also, our supporting partner Pledge It has set up a crowdfunding campaign for supporters to make a flat donation at the following website:   

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Brown, along with the other 2020 Community MVPs, will become eligible for this year’s Alan Page Community Award, which is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player.    

The NFLPA Community MVP program recognizes NFL players who are making a positive impact in their hometowns and team cities. Each week during the regular season, the NFLPA will celebrate one player who has demonstrated a commitment to giving back to his community. Please visit our website to learn more about the program.   

2020 NFLPA Community MVP winners:
Week 0: Kevin Byard, Tennessee Titans
Week 1: Cam Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 2: Rodney McLeod, Philadelphia Eagles
Week 3: Landon Collins, Washington Football Team
Week 4
: Oren Burks, Green Bay Packers
Week 5: Harrison Phillips, Buffalo Bills  

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