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Highlights From the 2012-13 Football Season

Throughout the year, football players in partnership with local United Ways from all around the United States have done some amazing things and have lived their mission. That mission is to cut the number of high school dropouts in the United States by 50%.

A BIG THANKS TO OUR MVPs

Just this week, United Way was chosen by Forbes magazine as an “All-Star Charity.” It’s a distinction only held by five nonprofits and we wear it proudly. However, we share the accolade with our “All-Star” partners and the millions of volunteers who over the past 125 years have worked with us to strengthen communities and improve peoples’ lives.

Everyone Needs a 12th Man

In Seattle's Century Link Stadium, the number 12 is retired. The number 12 is sewn into the collar of every player's jersey. It's built into the team's core mission. And at every Seahawks game, a flag rises in honor of number 12.

Never Say Never

Never Say Never is a good mantra for winning on the field of play. It’s even better when that perseverance and determination results in more successful kids. GMC, the official vehicle of the National Football League, is teaming up with United Way to help drive down the dropout rate.

Football is Back: Dallas Cowboys Winning On the Field and Off

It appears Dallas Cowboy fans gave their team some mojo last night in their 24-17 victory over the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants—a victory they’d not seen since November 2010. Going into this game, Cowboy fans had a sizeable lead over other NFL teams on the leader board at nfl.com/backtofootball. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not.

You think you know a guy

It is human nature to generalize, stereotype, define people based on our own experiences to date. But every once in a while, people surprise you in ways that blow your expectations out the window and your aspirations to the moon.

Team NFL in Washington, DC for United Way Youth Empowerment Summit

This week, in celebration of United Way’s fifth annual Day of Action, 19 pro football players are teaming up with United Way professionals and youth from around the country at the United Way Youth Empowerment Summit. This three-day event, hosted at American University, will engage participants in identifying opportunities to improve the academic success of American students and explore ways to engage more people as volunteer readers, tutors and mentors.