Las Vegas Raiders’ defensive end Clelin Ferrell pledged $100k to his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, as players and teams continue to show support to their communities.
As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the American economy and its people continues to increase, many are offering their support and assistance to communities that are in need. Among these include some of our games athletes and teams.
One of many choosing to give is Las Vegas Raiders 2019 first-round draft pick, Clelin Ferrell. Announced on Thursday via his Instagram account, Ferrell officially pledged $100,000 to his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.
Ferrell is donating $50,000 to Richmond’s Eviction Diversion Program, and another $50,000 to its Family Crisis Fund, according to Tim Pearrell of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Focusing on supporting families and individuals who are facing significant financial hardship, Ferrell’s outreach will allow Richmond’s residents to avoid falling too far behind during this period of economic downturn.
An article released by the official Raiders website stated that “roughly two weeks ago, he [Clelin] came up with the idea of helping his city.”
Working with the Mayor of Richmond, Lavar Stoney, Clelin Ferrell wanted to ensure that the town and people that helped raise him came out okay on the other side of this pandemic.
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This isn’t the only support the Raiders organization and their players have offered during this time of uncertainty.
Raiders tight end Foster Moreau has joined Pledge It’s COVID-19 Athlete Relief Campaign, partnering “to support preparedness, containment, response and recovery activities for those affected and for the responders.”
Moreau has offered to auction a signed jersey, with all proceeds going towards the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
Others are also helping out where they can, with Raiders cornerbacks Nevin Lawson and Trayvon Mullen announcing via Twitter that they are partnering with Chick-fil-A to provide over 250 meals for Emergency Room COVID-19 response teams in major hospitals around Broward County.
Just a week ago, the Raiders also announced they would be pledging $1 million to fight COVID-19. Along with this announcement was a statement made by Raiders owner, Mark Davis.
“Las Vegas Is Our Home…And Together We Shall Forever Be…#VegasStrong!!!”