Service + Solidarity Spotlight: NFL Players Association Committed to Fight for Racial Equality

During the COVID-19 pandemic, working people across the United States have stepped up to help out their friends, neighbors and communities. In our new Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we'll showcase one of those stories every day. Here's today's story.

For generations, many athletes have helped lead the fight for social change in America. While NFL players remain physically distant from their teammates because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the members of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) are coming together in solidarity to demand racial justice. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith told ESPN that members of the NFLPA are actors for change in the community. “Our core mission isn’t just to provide an escape for people,” he said. “And when our [members] decide to be part of their community and be agents for positive change, this is a union that is always going to support them and stand shoulder to shoulder with them.”