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NFL players from around the League are winning where it matters most — in the classroom. Their goal is to recruit 99,000 volunteer readers, tutors and mentors. Their game plan is YOU. Help them pull off the ultimate play. Enter the draft today.

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Cameron Heyward

Pittsburgh Steelers

200 Volunteers Recruited

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News From Around the League

Join Team NFL on The 21 This Friday

The countdown has begun! Get ready for an ACTION packed day and join the Google+ Hangout on Air to see what your favorite United Way TEAM NFL players are up to in the community on United Way’s Day of Action — The 21!

Broadcasting LIVE from venues across the country through this modern day telethon of the digital age, UW TEAM NFL players will be checking in throughout the day in support of worldwide education.

Join United Way TEAM NFL players Arthur Moats, Roberto Garza, Glover Quin, Calais Campbell, Roman Harper, Josh Morgan, Jabaal Sheard, Marcel Reece and Quinton Coples this Friday, June 21st. The first players will begin hanging out at 8:00 AM ET.

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During Draft Weekend, NFL teams recruited roughly 200 college students into the big leagues. At the same time, twice as many volunteers were “drafted” by United Way TEAM NFL to become readers, tutors, and mentors for students across America.

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At this week’s NFL Draft, millions of people will watch hundreds of hopefuls advance from college students to professional athletes in a matter of a few life-changing minutes. But for the millions of American students each year who don’t quite “make the cut,” United Way has stepped in to ensure their success as well.   

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TEAM DAVIN, Not Your Average “Underdog” Tale

This time last year, “TEAM DAVIN” was merely a concept, an idea, a group of strangers who accepted a challenge to help kids stay in school. But one year later, this team of unlikely colleagues — a professional football player, a 20-year-old college student, a foundation exec, a nonprofit marketing manager and an NFL team staffer — developed and executed a vision to “Live United for Education” with United Way and accomplished a feat no other came close to achieving. 

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Buccaneers: TEAM DAVIN’s Literacy Program Kicks Off Volunteer Year

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The leading recruiter of United Way volunteers in the NFL, Bucs Pro Bowl G Davin Joseph got help from some of those volunteers this week in promoting literacy at a local elementary school

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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.

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Tackling Issues in Education with United Way and TEAM NFL

Timothy KlawitterBy Timothy Klawitter
United Way TEAM NFL Intern

United Way and the National Football League have partnered up to recruit volunteer readers, tutors and mentors to improve education and work toward a common good. Representatives from NFL teams have been chosen join the initiative to hopefully cut the high school dropout rate in half by 2018.

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Get Inspired, Live United.

Michele DannoBy Michéle Danno
United Way TEAM NFL Intern

From east coast to west, poverty to excess riches, middle school to middle age, a variety of Team NFL members were brought together in our nation’s capitol last week for one purpose – to discuss the abhorrent state of education in America.

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Julia PetersonBy Julia Peterson
United Way TEAM NFL Intern

United Way’s TEAM NFL kicked off the Youth Empowerment Summit on June 19 with enthusiasm. There were games, good food and…. dancing? Yes, there was a dance-off or two. Who knew NFL players could move on the dance floor just as well as they do on the field?

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United for a Better Tomorrow - The Youth Empowerment Summit

Gabe TrujilloBy Gabe Trujillo
United Way TEAM NFL Intern

Imagine sitting with three of your closest friends from high school, talking about classes, movies and plans for summer vacation. Now imagine that one of the friends you’re sitting with will not be able to graduate on time.

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United Way TEAM NFL Youth Empowerment Summit - Fueled by Compassion

andrea-masendaBy Andrea Masenda
United Way TEAM NFL Intern

The relationship between United Way and the NFL makes for an unbeatable combination. The reach of influence streaming from NFL players such as Carolina Panther’s QB Cam Newton and Green Bay Packer wide receiver Greg Jennings is undeniable.

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You think you know a guy

By Tracey Holmes
Director, NFL Partnership
United Way Worldwide

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.

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TEAM NFL Headed to DC for United Way Youth Empowerment Summit

This week, in celebration of United Way’s fifth annual Day of Action, 19 NFL 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.

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United Way Volunteer Reader, Tutor and Mentor Orientation Webcast

Watch the 30 minute webcast and learn everything you need to know to get started as a volunteer reader, tutor or mentor.

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Team NFL Education Volunteers In Action!

Five Team NFL Education Volunteer Recruiters gathered at United Way's headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia to kick-off their efforts earlier this year. Watch the video today.

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Introducing the Team NFL Education Volunteer Recruiters

United Way is proud to announce the Team NFL, a core group of civic-minded, college-educated NFL players committed to helping United Way recruit one million volunteer readers, tutors and mentors. The effort is led by NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who is joined by Leigh Bodden of the New England Patriots; Calais Campbell of the Arizona Cardinals; Josh Cribbs of the Cleveland Browns; and George Wilson of the Buffalo Bills.

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