(Photo by Flickr user Pennsylvania National Guard, used under a Creative Commons license)
Philadelphia loves NFL defensive end Connor Barwin.
Even Philadelphians who don’t watch football or, worse, don’t like the Eagles. They love him because he’s active in the community, which is another way of saying he raises a lot of money for things like parks and playgrounds.
Barwin was released today after four seasons with the Birds. He posted this on Instagram:
View this post on Instagram
From our Partners
Thank you Philadelphia from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me and for being the amazing city you are. Laura and I want to thank Jeffrey Lurie, the entire Eagles organization, and all the fans for their support. It has been an honor and a privilege to play for this historic franchise. The Make The World Better Foundation, will continue it's work to revitalize parks in the city. Our current projects at Smith Playground and Waterloo Playground are moving forward and very exciting. I hope to see many of you at our concert this year. I have learned from and cherish every experience I have had in the great city of Philadelphia and every snap I played as an Eagle. From the Lurie's, to my coaches, teammates, mtwb partners, and fellow septa riders thank you! Go Philly, Go Eagles . . . hope to see you in the playoffs!
Barwin has been more or less the celebrity face of doing good in Philadelphia in recent years, mostly through his Make The World Better Foundation, which he says will continue in his absence.
The impact community is already reacting.
— NRG Home (@picknrg) March 9, 2017
Barwin’s release means Philadelphians who feel the need to put a celebrity face on local giving will have to wait for the next professional athlete to step up — or prop up existing celebrities who are not only from Philadelphia, but are more representative of the communities they’re giving back to.-30-
From our Partners
Nonprofit AF: The default nonprofit board model is archaic and toxic. Let’s try some new models
Philanthropy needs a new endgame: The liberation of Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities in America
Plugged-in and nonprofit: Nominate up to 10 people to be considered for inclusion in our ‘RealLIST Connectors’
Listen to the pitch, then cast your vote for one of seven local nonprofits
Public Health Management Corporation
PT Behavioral Health TechnicianApply Now
Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger
Communications CoordinatorApply Now
Updates on foundation and fund responses to COVID-19
Centering women of color is key to COVID-19 response
400 years of black giving: From the days of slavery to the 2019 Morehouse graduation
La educación puede ayudar a romper el ciclo de pobreza en El Barrio
Sign-up for daily news updates from Generocity