SANTA MONICA — The NFL has gone above and beyond in their desire to create a world of change. With the introduction of its My Cause, My Cleats campaign, players have begun to bring more awareness to diseases and organizations that may never receive the spotlight otherwise.
While the Chargers are nowhere short of representation, a couple of players have really taken the cause to heart. Both Melvin Ingram and Hayes Pullard sought to start their own foundations and work on causes close to their hearts.
Ingram dubbed his foundation Mission Possible Foundation. The foundation works on helping inner city, at-risk students in Southern California and provide educational opportunities. It seeks to help provide resources and opportunities to help students “reach their full potential and beat the odds.”
Ingram hoped by the end of 2016 to have impacted over 30,000 low-income students’ lives.
Pullard created an organization uses sports to change kids’ lives in SoCal. He brings in health and fitness trainers to teach attendees how workout properly as well as how to stretch and warm up. Pullard and several other NFL players show up to teach campers drills and the fundamentals of football. What really makes it different from just another sports camp though is Pullard’s integration of life lessons at the end, talking about the ability to persevere and academic integrity.
Along with Pullard and Ingram, Tyrell Williams started his own foundation but little information about it is avaliable. To view a full list of the Chargers and their chosen causes, click here.