In today’s day and age, professional athletes get plenty of criticism. Told they should be quiet and play their sport, yet criticized if they don’t speak up about certain social topics. 2020 has been difficult for many, and at least one member of the Pittsburgh Steelers realizes this, and knows talk is cheap.
When every athlete was taking to social media to give their thoughts on any number of issues, Vince Williams decided to put his money where his mouth was. He did so by teaming with The Education Partnership, a local nonprofit organization, to provide over 1,000 students in the Pittsburgh area with new and refurbished laptops and basic school supplies.
During this COVID-19 era, most students are stuck at home and going to school virtually. The problem is not every student has the means to have a capable computer and other school supplies.
The community had a need, and Williams saw a means to help.
“I just feel like America is going through a difficult time right now, and I’ve been so fortunate and blessed in my life that God has put me in a position to reach out and help people, so that’s what I want to do,” Williams told Steelers.com. “I’m thankful to have the opportunity to reach out and give people what they need. I understand that education is fundamental to being a successful person so that’s why this cause is important to me.”
While some areas around the country are giving all their students personal computers, in western Pennsylvania that isn’t always the case. Approximately 2⁄3 of the low-income families in the area do not own a computer or laptop for remote learning, and Williams’ generosity is helping.
For those at The Education Partnership, they are unbelievably appreciative of Williams’ donations and efforts to help those in need.
“This is an extraordinary show of community support, and it comes at a critical time for students and education as a whole” said Josh Whiteside, Executive Director of The Education Partnership. “The Education Partnership is so thankful for Vince’s support, he truly is an excellent role model for our kids through his generosity, humility, and work ethic on and off the field.”
Williams has always been about action, and this further proves that point as he continues to assist in the community where he now calls home.
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