NFL Players Association Announces 2024-25 Charitable Partners


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Erin Lockwood, Communications Associate


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) announced the six non-profit organizations that will serve as its official charitable partners for 2024-25: GOODProjects, Laureus Sport for Good, Men’s Health Network, Silence the Shame, Team River Runner and The VERB Kind. 


The NFLPA Charitable Partner program recognizes organizations making a positive impact in their local communities that benefit our player membership and staff. Through this initiative, reflected in our six pillars, the NFLPA has had the privilege of working with select children, mental health, men’s health, military, women’s health and social justice organizations to further their cause and increase the number of lives impacted around the world.


Each partner will receive a $25,000 grant from the NFLPA to help fund programs that positively impact the mission of their organization and align with the union’s core values. 


“The NFL Players Association is deeply committed to giving back to the communities that support us by partnering with a variety of charitable organizations. These organizations not only provide vital resources to those in need, but also embody the NFLPA’s core values that our player membership strives for on and off the field,” NFLPA Executive Director Lloyd Howell said. “We are honored and excited to serve as partners in their work ensuring that our legacy extends beyond the game.”


In December 2023, the NFLPA opened its application process to any charitable organization that focused on one of the aforementioned pillars and had been in existence for at least five years. Following a lengthy review of each applicant’s proposal, which outlined how the grant would help them and their beneficiaries, the following organizations were selected:


  • GOODProjects is on a mission to empower the youth and their families to live fulfilling lives free from poverty, while helping them thrive in their own communities by eliminating roadblocks so that families can define success for themselves.
  • Laureus Sport for Good works to improve the lives of women and girls by uniting communities through the power of sport. By investing in youth development programs around the country, they hope to enhance physical and mental health through the promotion of equity, empowerment and safety. 
  • Men’s Health Network is a national non-profit whose mission is to reach men, boys and their families where they live, work, play and pray with health awareness and disease prevention messages and tools including screening programs, educational materials and advocacy opportunities.
  • Silence the Shame is on a mission to empower and educate communities on mental health while striving to erase the stigma on mental wellness through community conversations, wellness trainings, compelling content and outreach programs. 
  • Team River Runner works to provide all veterans and their families with an opportunity to find health, healing, community purpose and new challenges through adventure and adaptive paddle sports. 
  • The VERB Kind's vision is to inspire and engage people to change the trajectory of incarcerated youth throughout juvenile detention centers. VERB partners with people by providing mentors to at-risk teens currently locked up. 

    For the duration of the partnership through May 31, 2025, each non-profit will have the opportunity to work with active and former players through the NFLPA’s numerous volunteer opportunities, request autographed items and attend special events throughout the year. 

    For more information about the NFLPA’s Community Partnership program or if your organization is interested in applying, please visit our website.



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