During the grueling NFL lock-out, players like veteran safety Deon Grant (New York Giants) kept busy preparing for the season and unsurprisingly giving back to their communities. Even as NFL owners, players, coaches and fans are excited about the season finally beginning, Deon Grant, wearing jersey number 34, continues to lead on and off the field.
Through his Grant D Knowledge Foundation, Deon is lending support to a youth bullying and abuse prevention movement. He was inspired to help by funding a major project of Saving Our Daughters’ Power of Words & Actions Initiative engaging 50,000 teens and 250,000 adults (with pre-teens). The Oath Project is part of an online platform connecting a massive community of well-informed and responsive youth and adults ready to make bullying an issue of the past. The support from the Foundation will also include a scholarship stipend to be given out near the end of the season.
“The Oath Project guides youth to confidently stop the epidemic that experts say causes 150,000 of them to miss school every day,” said Saving Our Daughters chief operating officer Tavia Pauling. “It officially launches just after Labor Day and meets teens where they are actively interacting—online.”
The online platform, led by Jeff Griffin, vice president of internet marketing, integrates easily into the social action and social media (Facebook, Twitter…) goals of Saving Our Daughters’ community partners.
Grant D Knowledge, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that believes every community has the potential to thrive when every child is given an opportunity to succeed in school and in life. Grant D Knowledge strives to address the needs of each inner city youth and the community by working closely with schools, parents, and community agencies/partners to support involvement in extra-curricular activities of each identified child while negating the obstacles associated with cost for participation in such activities that have proven to assist children with developing a comprehensive, total experience that prepares them for transition through adolescence into productive adults and citizens.
Saving Our Daughters, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that creates the tools to get teen girls discussing key issues and fired up to take the power away from bullying, date abuse, hate crimes, school violence, violence against women, and other esteem slayers. The organization addresses issues relevant to youth by connecting its sports and entertainment allies in community-focused forums.