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From Team Spirit to Holiday Spirit

By Tracey Holmes
Director, NFL Partnership
United Way Worldwide
 

Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the best deals are on #GivingTuesday — a special day for charities, families, businesses and individuals to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the season of giving.

This holiday season we’re asking NFL super fans to reserve some of their heart-pounding team spirit for our communities. We ask because every 26 seconds, a student drops out of high school, and high school completion is a key indicator of a successful life.

That’s why United Way has teamed up with NFL players across the country to recruit more volunteer readers, tutors and mentors. It’s a fact that caring adults have the power to help kids increase academic performance. So today, I offer you the best deal of the season. There are three ways for you to get involved: 

GIVE: Make a donation to support education in America through United Way’s eMentoring program—a tool that makes it possible for busy people to mentor kids online and help them improve reading scores. Contribute now.

ADVOCATE: Share this opportunity with your friends, family and colleagues. You can even set your own personal fundraising goal if you choose.

VOLUNTEER: NFL players across the country have teamed up with United Way to help cut the high school dropout rate in half by 2018. Join your favorite team’s player by pledging to become a volunteer reader, tutor or mentor. Get started volunteering.

Now’s the time to share the love you have for your favorite NFL team with your community. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!