Arizona's Kelvin Beachum Named Week 10 NFLPA Community MVP
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Week 10 NFLPA Community MVP is a familiar face, both in sports philanthropy and to people in need across multiple team cities. For a record fifth time, Kelvin Beachum has been selected as a NFLPA Community MVP after he donated $5,000 to host a food distribution event for more than 200 families at Eisenhower School of Innovation in Arizona.
“I'm honored to be named this week's NFLPA Community MVP,” Beachum said. “I have always believed that access to nutritious food and clean water are basic human rights; and as a father, a neighbor and a Christian, I feel a strong responsibility to serve others and be a catalyst for the solutions to significant problems our communities are facing.”
In his second year hosting the drive-through food distribution with the United Food Bank, Beachum recruited the help of his Arizona Cardinals teammates. Together, they handed out boxes of food and fresh produce to underserved families at Eisenhower School of Innovation in Mesa, Arizona. During the event, he also spent time signing autographs and interacting with the 700-plus people who were served.
The 11-year veteran is a monthly volunteer with the United Food Bank. Along with fighting global hunger, the offensive lineman’s calling includes giving back to local schools through efforts such as renovating their outdoor spaces and hosting STEAM-based field trips. Beachum has been a highly active member in all four team markets he has played in (Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, New York and Arizona), which led to him also being named NFLPA Community MVP in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
The former NFLPA player representative has shown a commitment to serving others throughout his career, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, Beachum donated $15,000 to fund 34 projects across Arizona school districts, including STEAM education resources, diverse books for classroom libraries and clean water access. He also hosted a food and Christmas tree distribution for 100 Arizona families in Chandler during the holiday season.
The following year, in partnership with World Vision Teacher Resource Centers, Beachum donated 500 backpacks full of school supplies to a local school in Phoenix. Forty more laptops and tablets were provided to a school in South Phoenix in 2022, helping kickstart a technology lab while also addressing the digital divide.
“At the end of the day, it's about being a good human,” Beachum said. “The world is going through a lot right now and anything you can do to bring light to it, that's impactful.”
In honor of Beachum being named this week’s Community MVP, the NFLPA will make a $10,000 contribution to his charity or foundation of choice. Beachum will also take part in a virtual or in-person visit to a school or children’s hospital. Along with the other 2022 Community MVPs, he will also become eligible for this year’s Alan Page Community Award, which is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player.
The Community MVP campaign is part of the NFLPA’s continued efforts to support the year-round, civic outreach and engagement of its player members. Please visit the NFLPA Community MVP website to learn more about the program.
2022 NFLPA Community MVP winners:
Week 1: Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns
Week 2: Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders
Week 3: Cody Davis, New England Patriots
Week 4: Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders
Week 5: John Metchie III, Houston Texans
Week 6: Justin Simmons, Denver Broncos
Week 7: Jason Cabinda, Detroit Lions
Week 8: Jaelan Phillips, Miami Dolphins
Week 9: Dalvin Tomlinson, Minnesota Vikings
Week 10: Kelvin Beachum, Arizona Cardinals
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