By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN
It’s that time of year again. The time where the NFL starts to dole out their awards and hashtag campaigns kick into high gear. The Pro Bowl rosters have been announced, so the #ProBowlVote is done. But now the hashtag that will fill up your timeline until the day before the Super Bowl will be #WPMOY.
The Walter Payton Man of the Year. This is probably one of my favorite awards in all of sports. I don’t think there’s another major sport that has an award like this. (Please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). It’s nice to recognize the players that are working hard in their various communities. It’s right up there with My Cause, My Cleats.
Here are the players from the NFC East that have been nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award:
Dallas Cowboys: Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick is being nominated for his work with his foundation, the Blocking Out Hunger Foundation. With his foundation, he has been able to open up a pantry at a Dallas area elementary school to help get food to the kids who need it the most. The kids get to bring the food home as well so that the rest of the family can have access to it as well. The pantry was also able to help kids over breaks to have access to food as well.
He also has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various hunger initiatives in the Dallas area. Hunger is a huge thing, and not very many people talk about it. Travis Frederick is definitely doing his part in the Dallas area.
New York Giants: Offensive tackle Nate Solder is being nominated for his work with an organization called Compassion International. This is a faith-based group that is dedicated to helping child development and will be opening up child development centers in countries such as Thailand, and Uganda.
Here at home, he and his wife have also supported Boston Children’s Hospital through various foundations, and also started a foundation in honor of his son, the Hudson Solder, Tough Like My Dad Fund, that raises money to help offset some of the expenses that families incur while their loved ones are fighting cancer. Nate and his wife, Lexi are really dedicated to helping children here, and abroad!
Philadelphia Eagles: Saftey Malcolm Jenkins is being nominated for his work in criminal justice reform. He has worked with lawmakers in Pennsylvania to discuss issues such as probation, mass incarceration, and re-entry into society. He has also worked with the Eagles front office, commissioner Goodell, the Philadelphia police chief and other stakeholders in the city to discuss these issues as well.
He also runs the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation to help establish programs that help young people with character development, leadership, life skills and mentorships across the country in Louisiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Malcolm Jenkins is really doing some great things for the community.
Washington Redskins: Long snapper Nick Sundberg is being nominated for his work with the Redskins foundation Loads of Love. This organization puts laundry facilities in schools and in other organizations to help give homeless children a place to do their laundry. They also installed laundry facilities in a school in Richmond, VA during this past year’s training camp.
In his home state of Arizona, he also donates money to give funding for football equipment for schools in the Phoenix area. Nick Sundberg is a very active member of his community in Washington and is really doing good things to address the needs of the less fortunate.
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