With custom red, white and blue sneakers, Lynch represents her own organization: the John Lynch Foundation. John and his wife, Linda, founded the organization in 2000 with the goal of encouraging high school student-athletes with a focus on developing leadership skills. The John Lynch Foundation recognizes students for their academic performance, athletic achievement and community involvement by electing “Stars of the Month” and has also contributed over $ 1.2 million through scholarships.
A few 49ers players recognize organizations that they themselves have founded. In support of youth education, defensive end Arik Armstead is dedicating his cleats to his own Armstead academic project. Founded in 2019, its mission is to “ensure that every student, regardless of their socio-economic status, has direct access to quality education through a positive learning environment and the resources necessary to thrive. and succeed ”.
“When I sat down and thought about how I could have the biggest impact in Sacramento, the # 1 theme in terms of equality in our society, the achievement gap and the financial gap between socioeconomic classes, education was glaring for me to address some of these issues, ”Armstead said.
San Francisco wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who is inactive on Sunday due to a groin injury, rewards the Deebo Samuel Foundation, an organization he founded in July 2020 alongside his marketing agency, ESM Football. Together, they support disadvantaged youth by providing scholarships to black student-athletes linked to college in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
“It’s not just about being an athlete,” said Samuel. “I think a lot of people look up to guys like me and other guys in the league… You have a lot of kids who don’t even really know us, but they see us as athletes. They listen to the things that are said to us. and they are paying attention. We need to use our platform, not only as athletes, but also to be heard more to help encourage positive change. “
Defensive end Samson Ebukam established the T&S Foundation in 2020 on behalf of his mother, Stella, and father, Tobias. After experiencing the daily injustices of her childhood in Onitsha, Nigeria, Ebukam set out to give back and uplift the people of her hometown. Some of the needs her foundation addresses are displacement, food insecurity, climate-related issues, epidemics and violence against women.
“All we are trying to do is help the Nigerian people with humanitarian needs,” Ebukam said. “It’s supposed to look like Dubai, but it’s not because it’s exploited. We donate food, school clothes, soccer balls … just so they know what to do with it. ‘there’s someone here looking after them. “
Here is a full list of causes that will be represented by the 49ers on Sunday: