The NFL’s Community Impact Program Has More Than 50 Activities Planned

Super Bowl XLIII

Through the NFL’s Community Impact Program, the league is ensuring that the Big Game will be felt well after the clock hits zero.

Throughout the week preceding Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, more than 50 charitable activities and community outreach programs will enliven and enrich the community and provide lasting legacies.

The following are just some of the ways the NFL and Super Bowl XLIII will benefit the host community:

Super Bowl XLIII One World Super Huddle

Tampa Bay area fifth graders will learn about the differences that make them unique and the similarities that bring them together as part of the NFL’s diversity program “One World: Connecting Communities, Cultures, and Classrooms.”

The Home Depot NFL Neighborhood MVP All-Star Playground Build & Award Ceremony

The Home Depot will recognize an NFL player who is making a positive impact in his community at The Home Depot NFL Neighborhood MVP All-Star playground build and award ceremony. The Home Depot NFL Neighborhood MVP program celebrates players who are committed to improving the cities where they live and work through charitable programs and contributions.

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Through the assistance of the NFL, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America will grant the wishes of 12 children to attend Super Bowl XLIII.

NFL Youth Education Town (YET)

The NFL has constructed Youth Education Towns (YETs) for 15 years in Super Bowl host cities. The YET program is aimed at positively impacting youth in at-risk neighborhoods. There are two NFL Youth Education Towns of Tampa Bay located in Mort Park and Jackson Heights. Both facilities opened following Super Bowl XXXV and currently serve hundreds of children and their families.

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

Three community-minded NFL players will be recognized during Super Bowl week as finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Minnesota Vikings C Matt Birk, Philadelphia Eagles S Brian Dawkins and Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner are the top candidates for this year’s award, named for the legendary Chicago Bears RB who died in 1999. The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.

Taste of the NFL

Taste of the NFL is the premier food and wine tasting extravaganza at Super Bowl, featuring a top chef from each of the 31 NFL team cities, paired with an alumnus or current player from each team. Known as The Party with a Purpose, Taste of the NFL exists to raise awareness and dollars for organizations involved in tackling hunger in America (NFL). Read the entire release from the NFL