Now that the Super Bowl is over and the Seattle Seahawks have been crowned champs, I thought it was the perfect time to highlight the good that we know few will talk about. Two weeks ago, Twitter and Instagram were going crazy over the rant of Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman. After a hail of racial slurs (which by the way pissed me off) were being hurled at him, Richard Sherman stated that a man should be judged for his activities off the field and whether he is an active member in his community. We totally agree and if we judge him by that, he’s winning yet again. Anyone who has ever played a sport, especially a professional sport knows how hype you get on the field and that ish’ is talked on both sides, especially when the game in question leads to the Super Bowl. Nonetheless people as they often do, look at one side of the story and get to talking. I even saw some of these racial slurs and Instagram memes from people who were black and I thought wow, what’s really going on? I, for one was happy that Seattle won for two reasons, one Russell Wilson became just the second black quarterback to ever win the Super Bowl, which I found fitting for Black History Month; secondly, because it shut a lot of people up. Now that I got that off my chest let’s get into the good and the giving that lies within the man Richard Sherman, he really is a good person.
Raised by a social worker mother and a father who spent 30 years in public works, Beverly and Kevin Sherman from Compton, California instilled the value of giving back into their star athlete son. Over the summer of 2013 Richard Sherman announced via twitter the formation of the Sherman Family Foundation. Did I also mention that he is a Stanford graduate with a degree in communications? Yes I said Stanford as in the Ivy League of the west coast, as in only 5% admission rate and I said graduate- not that he just went there to play football. So that pretty much kills all those ignorant comments, I digress.
According to the Seattle Seahawks blog, with the help of his close family and friends, cornerback Richard Sherman created “Blanket Coverage – The Richard Sherman Family Foundation. Created to channel it’s resources to ensure that as many children as possible are provided with proper school supplies and adequate clothing. The goal is to help as many kids as possible have adequate School supplies and clothes. Richard shared on his website that growing up in Compton California, graduating Stanford University and becoming an All-Pro NFL cornerback has taught him many lessons in life. His experiences taught him that no path is easy, however with a strong education and the proper tools anything can be achieved.
According to Buzzfeed,
Since Sherman’s charity was founded this past July, they’ve brought goods to four schools and nine community centers. Sherman’s stated goal isn’t “charity,” but leveling the playing field for kids who don’t have the things most people take for granted. Students sign a contract with him: In return for improving their grades, making good attendance, and being good citizens, he’ll continue to help them with clothes and supplies. The foundation also recently visited the Rescue Mission in Tacoma, Wash., and donated socks, blankets, shoes, board games, and books to 160 families who are homeless or trying to get their lives back on track after suffering from addiction.
Through his foundation he and his family are on a quest to improve the education of young people that live in the communities that he has a connection to, including Compton, CA. Through his foundation he has chose to channel its resources to ensure that as many children as possible can be provided with the proper school supplies and adequate clothing. Let this story of who Richard Sherman really is be a lesson to us all, we can and should never judge someone by one act. Although Richard Sherman is still under a rookie contract, you wouldn’t know it from the amount he gives to charity he gives like a vet, check out the video below.
To learn more about the Blanket Coverage Sherman Family Foundation visit and on behalf of everyone here at team BCG, we say congratulations to Richard Sherman on his Super Bowl win and we thank you for giving back!
Source: Black Celebrity Giving