The Jackson Family Foundation, in collaboration with community engagement specialists Cora Consulting, is pleased to announce that American NFL player Steven Jackson will be visiting schools in Soweto on Monday November 27 to engage with local students, promote literacy and foster cultural exchange.
One of the schools on Jackson's itinerary is Mbuyisa Makhuba Primary School, named after the renowned (then 18-year old) anti-Apartheid activist who carried the body of Hector Pietersen during the historic 1976 Soweto Uprising.
Located opposite the Hector Pietersen Memorial and Nelson Mandela's former home, the school holds immense historical significance. Jackson will be joining the school kids for a soccer game, fostering camaraderie and promoting the importance of physical fitness.
Jackson will also be visiting Orlando SDA Primary School, where he will be donating books and engaging in a reading session. The books to be donated can be found at adventuresoflo.com, authored by American writer Lolanda Bunch-Cooper. These books captivate young readers by instilling a passion for travel, imagination and learning about a variety of cultures worldwide.
The Jackson Family Foundation is a philanthropic organisation devoted to promoting children's literacy and education. Their mission is to advocate for literacy wherever they go in the world, emphasising the importance of reading and knowledge acquisition for young minds.
Asia Jackson, spokesperson for Cora Consulting, says: "This initiative aligns perfectly with our core values of education and empowerment. We believe that through Steven Jackson's influence and the donation of inspiring books, we can ignite a lifelong love for reading among the students, expanding their horizons and empowering them to achieve their dreams."
Jackson, a former professional football player known for his remarkable career in the NFL and current NFL Legends pacific west coordinator, has consistently used his platform to make a positive impact on communities across the globe.
Through his school visits and engagement with students, he aims to inspire and motivate young individuals to pursue their passions, embrace education and believe in the power of their dreams.
About Steven Jackson: Steven Jackson is a retired American NFL player who enjoyed a successful career as a running back in the National Football League. Beyond his athletic achievements, Steven is known for his philanthropic efforts, particularly in the field of children's literacy. Jackson has been actively involved in various philanthropic initiatives throughout his career. Some notable examples include:
Steven Jackson's Blessings in a Backpack:
An initiative to address childhood hunger. Blessings in a Backpack provides food to children who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school during the week but may not have access to adequate nutrition over the weekends. The programme ensures that these children receive backpacks filled with nutritious food to sustain them during weekends and school breaks.
The Foundation for Foster Children:
This organisation aims to improve the lives of foster children by providing them with essential resources, educational support and opportunities for personal growth. The foundation assists foster children in transitioning into adulthood by offering mentorship, scholarships and life skills training.
Community Youth Programmes:
Jackson is actively involved in programmes that promote youth development and provide opportunities for underprivileged children. He has supported initiatives such as after-school programmes, sports camps and mentorship programmes that empower young individuals and help them realize their potential.
Health and Wellness Initiatives:
Jackson advocates for health and wellness among children and communities. He has partnered with organisations that promote physical fitness, healthy eating habits and overall well-being. Through his involvement, he encourages individuals to lead active and healthy lifestyles.
These are just a few examples of the philanthropic initiatives that Steven Jackson has been involved in. His commitment to making a positive impact extends beyond his athletic career, and he continues to use his platform to bring about meaningful change in the lives of others.