Uplifting visit by NFL star to Soweto schools

It was a week to remember for the children of Soweto when a former American football star Steve Jackson visited their schools.

Jackson’s visit, as the representative of the Jackson Family Foundation, was in collaboration with community engagement specialists Cora Consulting. The retired NFL player visited the Soweto schools to engage with the pupils, promote literacy and foster cultural exchange.

One of the schools on Jackson’s itinerary was Mbuyisa Makhubu Primary School in Orlando West. It is named after the 18-year-old who became famous for carrying the body of Hector Pietersen during the historic 1976 Soweto Uprising. The school is also adjacent to Hector Pietesen Memorial

Jackson joined the school kids for a soccer game, fostering camaraderie and promoting the importance of physical fitness. 

Jackson also visited Orlando SDA Primary School, to donate books and engage in a reading session. The donated books, authored by American writer Lolanda Bunch-Cooper, can be found at adventuresoflo.com. These books captivate young readers by instilling a passion for travel, imagination and learning about a variety of cultures worldwide.

The Jackson Family Foundation is a philanthropic organisation devoted to promoting children’s literacy and education. Their mission is to advocate for literacy wherever they go in the world, emphasising the importance of reading and knowledge acquisition for young minds.

 Book donations

Asia Jackson, spokesperson for Cora Consulting, says: “This initiative aligns perfectly with our core values of education and empowerment. We believe that through Steven Jackson’s influence and the donation of inspiring books, we can ignite a lifelong love for reading among the students, expanding their horizons and empowering them to achieve their dreams.”

Jackson, who excelled as player in American football (also known as gridiron), is also currently coordinator of NFL Legends Pacific West. He has consistently used his platform to make a positive impact on communities across the globe. 

Through his school visits and engagement with students, he aims to inspire and motivate young individuals to pursue their passions, embrace education and believe in the power of their dreams. Jackson has been actively involved in various philanthropic initiatives throughout his career.

 Steven Jackson’s Blessings in a Backpack

It is an initiative to address childhood hunger. Blessings in a Backpack provides food to children who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school during the week but may not have access to adequate nutrition over the weekends. The programme ensures that these children receive backpacks filled with nutritious food to sustain them during weekends and school breaks. 

 The Foundation for Foster Children

This organisation aims to improve the lives of foster children by providing them with essential resources, educational support and opportunities for personal growth. The foundation assists foster children in transitioning into adulthood by offering mentorship, scholarships and life skills training. 

 Community Youth Programmes

Jackson is actively involved in programmes that promote youth development and provide opportunities for underprivileged children. He has supported initiatives such as after-school programmes, sports camps and mentorship programmes that empower young individuals and help them realize their potential. 


 
Steven Jackson interacting with the Soweto children through a game of soccer
 Health and Wellness Initiatives

Jackson advocates for health and wellness among children and communities. He has partnered with organisations that promote physical fitness, healthy eating habits and overall well-being. Through his involvement, he encourages individuals to lead active and healthy lifestyles. 

These are just a few examples of the philanthropic initiatives that Steven Jackson has been involved in. Jackson’s commitment to making a positive impact extends beyond his athletic career. He continues to use his platform to bring about meaningful change in the lives of others. 

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