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Jets’ Kelvin Beachum is doing his part to end world hunger

first_img“I used to be one of them,” Beachum recently told Sporting News. “I was one of those kids that was on fee reduced lunch, and I’ve experienced some of the issues that kids are facing right now. I knew from personal experience how that was and have been able to join the fight for it.”MORE: NFL players doing goodIn an article posted last month on the Jets’ team site titled, “In My Own Words: Kelvin Beachum on His Fight to End World Hunger,” he reflects upon what his family went through and what he’s doing to give back. He writes about how his parents always found a way to make sure he and his siblings had enough to eat, and often times, that meant help from various programs. While he and his siblings were able to focus on just being kids, Beachum knows many children are far too aware of the poverty they face.My JetLife https://t.co/9mXWJAXv1x— Kelvin Beachum (@KelvinBeachumJr) October 27, 2018In addition to changing how society views families who struggle to put food on the table, Beachum wants to break stereotypes about what it means to be a football player. He combines both goals into one cause: feeding the hungry. It shows people how there are more to athletes than the games they play, and those who struggle often have no choice.“Struggling with poverty and food insecurity is too often viewed as a choice or consequence rather than an unfortunate circumstance,” Beachum writes. “That’s a stigma I hope to break.”Beachum works with World Vision, an Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development and advocacy organization. He also has an annual youth football camp at Mexia High School in Mexia, Texas, the small town in which he grew up..@KelvinBeachumJr is fighting hunger with @WorldVisionUSA. #No1Hungry #MyCauseMyCleats | #GivingTuesday pic.twitter.com/vbIBDCN4oI— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 27, 2018″It’s extremely important,” Beachum told SN. “When you are blessed enough to be in this game you have to find a way to be a blessing to others.”In his article, Beachum notes he was inspired by his parents, who went from needing assistance to being able to welcome families into their home and give back to their community. He also learned from them the value of hard work; even when he goes back to Mexia today, he knows he has work to do on his farm.Celebrating #WorldFoodDay and a successful #BeachumMatch challenge by volunteering at the @FoodBank4NYC today! Love spending time with everyone here! #No1Hungry pic.twitter.com/xQgNCPQaDQ— Kelvin Beachum (@KelvinBeachumJr) October 16, 2018When Beachum is not focusing on his charities or playing football, he can often be found speaking at IT conferences or investing in start-up companies. He has interactive programs that focus on effective leadership, diversity and inclusion. NEW YORK — Jets left tackle Kelvin Beachum knows what it’s like to grow up as a child with parents who need help putting food on the table.Now the 29-year-old wants to do his part to ensure fewer families have to worry about their next meal. Beachum, who has been inspiring crowds since college (he was the commencement speaker for his graduation at Southern Methodist University), puts a heavy focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program because, as he says on his website, “Not everyone can go pro in football, but everyone can go pro in STEM.”He concludes his article for the Jets by calling for others to help: “From volunteering at a local pantry, to donating food or funds, to advocating for policy change, we can all do our part.”At the end of the day, it’s about being a good human. The world is going through a lot right now and anything you can do to bring light to it — that’s impactful.”last_img read more

Marianne Williamson’s debate performance has Twitter . . . making Dusty Rhodes references?

first_imgTake, for example, this riff on the prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern:I’ve watched this clip 45 times pic.twitter.com/nfsgPatilz— Travis (@travislylesnews) June 28, 2019Pretty good promo, right? It was just missing “American Dream.” Marianne Williamson is a long shot candidate to win the Democratic Party’s U.S. presidential nomination in 2020 — a long, long, long shot.The author and speaker from Texas tried to make her pitch to potential voters Thursday in Part 2 of the party’s initial debate of the election cycle. Her sound bites — or at least her delivery of them — were reminiscent of a Saturday night WCW show. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearA segment of Twitter was feeling a similar vibe.Marianne Williamson’s promo on NZ sounds so much like Dusty Rhodes!— Erik Sutch (@eriksutch) June 28, 2019I think @marwilliamson just cut a wrestling promo on Donald Trump…#DemocraticDebate2020— Jami (@jhill319) June 28, 2019marianne williamson is cutting a wrestling promo in the whitest way i’ve ever heard— vitamin water (ง •̀_•́)ง (@NateIsARudo) June 28, 2019Everything that Marianne Williamson says sounds like a Dusty Rhodes promo, I hope she says hard times soon— Stef Purenins (SDCC SOON) (@tinyspells) June 28, 2019Marianne Williamson sounds like she is cutting a promo for a 1980s southern wrestling promotion everytime she speaks.— J A K E (@PocketLuhhy) June 28, 2019Marianne Williamson sounds like she’s trying to do a Dusty Rhodes impression #DemDebate2— Connor Bunnell (@cbunnell_) June 28, 2019Marianne Williamson is like if Dusty Rhodes and a Buddhist monk combined in to one person. pic.twitter.com/ITaflT09Ad— Reed Buterbaugh (@Reed_PDX) June 28, 2019Marianne Williamson sounds like a female Dusty Rhodes— Dr. Ogiue@You Have Control (@sdshamshel) June 28, 2019The next round of debates is scheduled for July 30 and 31 in Detroit. If Williamson makes the cut, get ready for some Motor City Mayhem.last_img read more