Louder Than Words: Our Continued Support
On June 3rd we took a stand against racial injustice and published our initial statement in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the Black community. Every day since we’ve worked to ensure our actions speak louder than our words. While much more is to come, our monetary donation and Community Voices are our first steps in us becoming a stronger ally.
The next step in our commitment/responsibility to being a better ally. We will be highlighting and amplifying black voices within our community. Each week we’ll be hosting an IG Live with a guest who will help us dive into important topics about the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Episode One: Discussing Juneteenth w/ Terrence J
Episode Two: Discussing Allyship w/ Evelynn Escobar-Thomas
Episode Three: Discussing the Evolution of Black Music in America w/ Lenny Santiago
Episode Four: Discussing the Importance of Mentorship in the Black Community w/ Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke
Episode Five: Discussing the Plight of Inner City Youth w/ Lala Anthony
Episode 6: Discussing the challenges the Black community faces in Washington, D.C. with John Wall
Episode 7: Discussing the #BlackLivesMatter movement and Indigenous Australian basketball with Patty Mills
Episode 9: Discussing the importance of supporting Black-owned business with Moe Harkless.
Episode 10: Discussing the impact that the NBA has on social justice issues and the importance of Black mentorship with Tobias Harris.
Episode 11: Discussing the NBA’s efforts in amplifying the importance of #BLM and the role that education plays in moving towards change with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson.
Episode 13: Knicks forward Julius Randle discusses the importance of education opportunities in low-income communities
Episode 14: Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon links up to discuss his family’s history of supporting social justice
Episode 15: Retired Yankees great CC Sabathia discusses sports and educational opportunities in low income areas
Episode 16: Jalen Rose comes through to discuss the importance of voting
Episode 17: Becky G speaks on the importance of voting in the Latinx community
Episode 18: Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade speak on the importance of voting
Episode 19: Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade speak on the importance of giving back to the community
Episode 20: Sloane Stephens discusses the ways her foundation empowers kids around the world
Episode 21: JD Finish Line team members discuss what they’re doing to help counter social injustice in their community
Episode 22: Stephen A. Smith comes through to discuss the importance of HBCUs
Episode 23: Aaron Donald discusses the impact that education, sports, and nutrition have on youth
Episode 24: Todd Gurley discusses the importance of empowering and educating youth
Episode 25: Samantha Smith discusses the importance of supporting Black-owned business and mental health
Episode 26: Seth Curry and Callie Rivers discuss why impacting the community is so important for them
Episode 27: DaniLeigh comes through to discuss the importance of supporting families of abuse
Episode 28: DJ Khaled comes through to discuss his @WeTheBestFoundation and the work they do to help children
Episode 29: Dr. Calinda M. Lee, Head of Programs and Exhibitions at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, speaks to some of Dr. King’s powerful work, his mission & legacy.
Episode 30: Charlamagne Tha God came through to discuss what MLK Day means to him.
Episode 31: Tierra Whack discusses the importance of Arts & Music programs in the inner city, and the impact these have on local communities
Episode 32: #FNLFam member Chibunna Belonwu joins us to speak about mental health in the Black and Brown community
Episode 33: #FNLFam member Rebekah Antwan joins us to discuss the importance of social justice
Episode 34: #FNLFam member Greg Newsome joins us to discuss the importance of advocating for children in sport
Episode 35: #FNLFam member Kasey Jackson discusses a program that provides youth with mentorship and leadership development
Episode 36: #FNLFam member Jihad Metts speaks to the importance of using music as an outlet for positive thinking and empowerment
Episode 37: Jimmy Butler discusses how he finds time to give back and be present within his community
Episode 38: Rexx Life Raj discusses the work he’s doing to empower youth in his community
Episode 39: Michael Rainey Jr. discusses his philanthropic work in Jamaica
Our Commitment to Act
When we published our initial statement we made an obligation to act. This is our first short term action against that obligation. Our company as well as our Youth Foundation will donate an initial $1.5 million to amplify local and national organizations that make a difference in Black communities as well as programs and initiatives to create a more diverse workforce and progress the careers and education of many of our employees. We are still finalizing the details, however these funds will help us evolve in the right ways.
To date, we have donated to the following organizations supported by our guests:
- The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia
- Boys’ & Girls’ Club of Phoenix
- Pretty Brown Girl
- Indigenous Basketball Australia
- Public Schools of New York
- PitCCh In
- Brogdon Family Foundation
- Jalen Rose Leadership Academy
- Latino Community Foundation
- RHJ Foundation
- John Wall Family Foundation
- La La Land Foundation
- The Sloane Stephens Foundation
- YSI Philly
- Mural Arts Philadelphia
- Until Freedom
- We The Best Foundation
- House of Ruth
- Seth Curry Foundation
- Dreamer’s Youth
- M.A.D.E. Sports Foundation
- AD99 Solutions Foundation
- Stephen A. Smith Literacy Foundation
#FNLFam Stands Against Racial Injustice
This isn’t just about the words. This is our obligation to act. Our commitment to support our customers, employees and the communities we live in. Together, we are forming our plan for action and invite you to be a vital part of it. Fill out this form and help us take action.