While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers were getting ready for today's Super Bowl, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) participated in several community service projects to help out the local community of the game's host city, New Orleans. The first event was "Feed the Children," where 14 current and former players, as well as other volunteers and community members, delivered much-needed care packages consisting of food and household supplies to families in need.
Another event sponsored by the NFLPA was "Hire Our Heroes," designed for military veterans in the New Orleans area. NFLPA reports:
The NFL Players Association and Hiring Our Heroes teamed up to bring veterans and military men and women in the New Orleans area a chance to transition from their years of service into the workforce. Among the many buzzwords floating around the Xavier University arena, one stood paramount above the others, diligence. As members of the military, a strict daily regimen has groomed these fine men and women to become the very best worker that any employer could ask for. It is the mission of Hiring Our Heroes to promote those who have served their country for employment as a result of these acquired skills.
One of the people trying to make that transition a little less stressful is Ross Cohen. Cohen, the senior director for Hiring Our Heroes, was on hand to discuss some of the logistics about the event. “This event is not a handout, I strongly recommend employers hire veterans because of their leadership background.”
Perhaps one of the biggest beneficiaries of Cohen’s passion to aid his fellow veterans is Army Captain Tanawi. Despite still being an active member of the military, Capt. Tanawi is able to mingle with the employers making connections for future reference. “It is through events like this that I am truly blessed to see [people] care about veterans and active service members alike.”
Finally, the players sponsored a fitness challenge for younger kids at a local elementary school.
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