The Washington Football Team announced today several of its programs and initiatives to celebrate Black History Month. Throughout the month of February, the team will focus efforts on impactful initiatives that align with the organization’s commitment to engaging with the African American community throughout the DC Metro Area. The pillars of all the team’s efforts will focus on education, sports and activism, and community.
“The legacy of Black America is one of resilience, perseverance, hope and triumph,” said Washington Football Team president Jason Wright. “We celebrate these characteristics this month by investing our time and talent in efforts that meaningfully advance equity for Black Americans, socially and economically. As a team with a number of senior Black leaders in a league where the majority of the athletes are Black, we want to seize the opportunity and role model what it means to make an enduring, year-round commitment to Black empowerment starting with activities this month.”
The Washington Football Team is forging a strategic partnership with EverFi and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to bring an African American History program to students in the DC Metro area through EverFi’s digital education platform. The goal of this strategic partnership is to educate and encourage kids and teens of all races and backgrounds to have difficult conversations and use their voices to create positive change. 306: African-American History is a digital course developed by EverFi that brings to life a number of the important leaders and events whose impact changed the fabric of American life. This strategic partnership is a result of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Breaking Down Barriers strategy, addressing racism and inequity across the country, and the NFL’s overall commitment to social justice.
The Washington Football Team’s Black Engagement Network (B.E.N) launched the Shop Black initiative in December to highlight black-owned small businesses serving the DMV region. Since its inception, the Shop Black directory has highlighted numerous small business in our community. Throughout the month of February, businesses will continue to be added to the directory with a focus on black-owned restaurants and other culinary-based businesses that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19. Participating businesses will have a listing on the Washington Football website that includes a photo, brief description and click-thru to their website. The directory will be live throughout the month of February. There is no deadline for businesses to apply. Please visit www.washingtonfootball.com/shopblack to shop the full list of participating businesses.