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National Black Professional Athletes Foundation Continues Talks About Social Injustice


The National Black Professional Athletes Foundation (NBPAF) announced a partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southern Section and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) to host multiple virtual awareness events this year across the South to continue the important conversations on social justice, advocacy, and police reform.



The events’ target audience will be underrepresented minority youth who are disproportionately affected by racial injustices.


“Being able to partner with organizations like USTA Southern and NOBLE are important to NBPAF, particularly when it comes to social justice issues and the effect on young people of color," said Daron Sellars, CEO of NBPAF. "We want to engage early to help them understand how to navigate the complexities of the current environment in which we find ourselves in today. Having events with people who look like them in the sports world as well as the legal system is imperative with building trust and we want to be on the forefront of creating transformative and impactful change.”


The National Black Professional Athletes Foundation honors the history, legacy, and accomplishments of black athletes through a global platform that empowers them to change lives through community advocacy. Inspired to make an impact.


The first event will kick-off virtually in February and will be hosted in Greensboro, NC, a historical city to many civil rights demonstrations. Other cities where events will be held later this year include Atlanta, GA; New Orleans, LA; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Louisville, KY; and Birmingham, AL.


“Partnering with the National Black Professional Athletes Foundation allows us to bring a social responsibility initiative to our teens in an impactful way," said Cee Jai Jones, USTA Southern Director of Diversity, NJTL & Grants. "We are excited for them to gain greater awareness and insight on social justice from athletes and public servants while also empowering them to serve as change agents in their own communities.”



Home to over 20,000 youth through their National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) chapters, USTA Southern has worked for decades to all youth, regardless of race, gender, and income through tennis instruction, academic support, leadership development, and life skills.


The late Tennis Champion and social activist, Arthur Ashe founded the National Junior Tennis League in 1969.


For more information, please contact the National Black Professional Athletes Foundation at:

https://www.nbpaf.org/contact

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