Los Angeles, CA
Post by: J. L. Adams, DeSean Jackson Foundation
Eastside Riders Bike Club, a community-based, initiative, founded by John Jones III and John Jones, Jr., is the recipient of the prestigious NFL Foundation Players’ Community Service Match grant from NFL All Pro, DeSean Jackson, of the Las Vegas Raiders, whose professional career includes the Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team and Los Angeles Rams.
DeSean Jackson states that he chose to identify several grassroots organizations, in Los Angeles, that are making social impacts in their communities to distribute his NFL Foundation Players’ match grant to support their mission and work in the community.
DeSean and his mother, Gayle Jackson, Co-Founders, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation, chose the Eastside Riders Bike Club for the exemplary work that they are doing as Black, positive role models, in the Watts community; and, their ability to cultivate key partnerships in both the public and private sectors while advocating for equality across race, gender, education, food insecurity, and economic investment in Watts.
The Jacksons also commend the Eastside Riders Bike Club for cultivating its key partnership with the Sister of Watts over the years because according to Gayle Jackson, President, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation, “collaborative efforts make a substantial impact in leveraging our ability to achieve an equitable, fair and just society where we can become the architects of our own destiny”.
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To prevent kids from being in gangs and doing drugs, helping those in need, and education all who seek to enrich the community.
ESR seeks to positively impact the following community needs: Inadequate Organized Recreational Outlets for local youth in the Watts area, a community that is rife with high rates of child obesity, asthma and other respiratory challenges amongst youth; lack of Safe Passage and Travel Routes: while Watts is a very small community, there are clear gang-related boundaries and territories that limit the movement of local youth based on where they reside; Lack of Resources- families lack the resources to purchase bikes, safety gear, and/or other necessary equipment.
COME RIDE WITH US!
Come enjoy a fun filled day with our bike club at any of our events, and if you like riding with us then you can enjoy a lifetime of friendship and fun with East Side Riders Bike Club. We take such pride in providing a complete bike family experience from the moment you arrive you will never want to leave. Also join us for our Ride to Feed the Hungry Series every 4th Friday of the Month unless noted. 136,226 Meals have been served, in the Watts community, to-date. Website: https://esrbc.org
More About the NFL Foundation Players’ Community Match Grant Program
This grant is designed to provide nonprofit organizations with funding of up to $5,000 on behalf of a current or former NFL player who has donated financially to a nonprofit organization doing work to better the community . This grant allows NFL players and Legends to help support broad community efforts through the work of nonprofit organizations. Areas of support include, but are not limited to, Disease Prevention and Awareness, Mental Health, Youth Health & Fitness, Military Appreciation, Disaster Relief, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Character Education, Anti-Bullying, Animal Welfare, etc. In order to be eligible for match funding (1:1 match must be provided by the current or former NFL player applicant).