WASHINGTON – The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and the Black Men Vote (BMV) organization announced an historic partnership focused on voter registration and engagement, according to a prepared statement released on June 27, 2023.
The new partnership will leverage the historical involvement of NFL players in increasing voter turnout and facilitating a fair discussion of issues that impact communities across America.
Representing more than 2,000 players – the majority of whom are men of color — the NFLPA has been a leading advocate for issues of social justice, human rights, and equality. Black Men Vote is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inform, educate and encourage all Black men (particularly age 18-35) to vote in local, state and federal elections.
The NFLPA/BMV partnership comes at a critical time in our nation and will help facilitate greater participation in our electoral system by often marginalized communities.
Key components will include, but are not limited to:
- Strategic relationships and/or partnerships with former and current players;
- A public awareness campaign highlighting the importance of voting;
- Collaborative voter registration drives;
- Advocacy and policy reform;
- Data analysis and research;
- Strategic fundraising partnerships.
All of these elements are designed to increase voter registration and engagement among Black men specifically and the American public in general.
“Black Men Vote’s mission to empower men of color and to educate them on issues that impact our communities seamlessly aligns with what we stand for as a union as well as with the players we represent,” NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said. “Voting is one of the greatest weapons we have in our ongoing march for justice. Together, I’m excited to see what we will accomplish as we work to make sure that every voice is heard at the polls.”
“The NFLPA is one of the leading and most impactful organizations in our country, not only serving their players, but also large segments of the American public,” said Larry Williams Jr., Executive Director of Black Men Vote. “They have been an outspoken voice in support of voting and voter registration, as well as other critical issues such as social justice, mental health awareness, and community action. We are proud to count them as a critical partner in our efforts to register and engage Black men across America in the voting process, and are excited that they have chosen to use their platform in support of this important goal.”
Under this new partnership, BMV and the NFLPA will establish and nurture strategic relationships with former and current players who are interested in supporting voting rights and civic engagement. The initiative will involve collaborating with athletes to amplify messaging, promote voter registration, and encourage civic participation among their fans and followers to advance the cause of voting rights and participation, especially among Black men.
About the NFL Players Association:
The National Football League Players Association is the union for professional football players in the National Football League. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. The NFLPA has shown that it will do whatever is necessary to assure that the rights of players are protected—including ceasing to be a union, if necessary, as it did in 1989. In 1993, the NFLPA again was officially recognized as the union representing the players and negotiated a landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL. The current CBA will govern the sport through the 2030 NFL season. Learn more at www.nflpa.com.
About Black Men Vote:
The mission of Black Men Vote is to educate, inform and inspire all black men (particularly aged 18-35) to vote at all levels of government – local, state, and federal. BMV is a 501c3 incorporated in Washington DC. Since 2020, Black Men Vote has been focused on charitable and educational work within the Black community. In particular, Black Men Vote has worked to provide nonpartisan voter education to Black men in America resulting in voter registration and voter activation. Learn more at www.blackmenvote.org.
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