MTA Friend of Education Award
The Players Coalition is an independent 501c3 (charity) and 501c4 (advocacy) organization, working with professional athletes, coaches and owners across leagues to improve social justice and racial equality in our country. The work is focused on three key pillars: Police & Community Relations, Criminal Justice Reform and Education & Economic Advancement. The Players Coalition is solution-oriented, and members invest significant time and resources to educate themselves on various issues impacting their communities to identify where their influence can have the greatest impact. In 2017, the Players Coalition was co-founded by NFL Pro-Bowl Safety and 2017 NFLPA Byron “Whizzer” White winner Malcolm Jenkins and retired wide receiver and NFL 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year winner Anquan Boldin. Players Coalition continues to grow in numbers of ambassadors with the collective goal of making an impact on federal, state and local levels through advocacy, engagement and providing resources.
Devin is a three-time Pro-Bowl Safety and Defensive Captain for the New England Patriots, and the Chair of the Players Coalition Education & Economic Advancement committee. He played college football at Rutgers University. Alongside Pro Football Hall of Famers Rod Woodson and Ronnie Lott, he is one of only three NFL players to earn All-Pro honors at both safety and cornerback. McCourty and his twin brother Jason co-founded Tackle Sickle Cell, a campaign to raise money and awareness for sickle cell disease.
Jason is a cornerback for the New England Patriots and played college football at Rutgers. Jason and twin brother Devin were the first set of twins to play in a Super Bowl together, as well as the first to win one, doing so in Super Bowl LIII with the Patriots. Jason and Devin co-founded Tackle Sickle Cell to raise money and awareness for the disease.
Duron is an American football safety for the Detroit Lions. He was previously with the New England Patriots for seven seasons from 2013-2020 and was nicknamed "The Closer" by fans and media for his ability to come up with late, game-sealing interceptions. He also played college football at Rutgers.
Matthew Slater is an American football special teamer for the New England Patriots. He played college football at UCLA, and was drafted by the Patriots in the 2008 NFL Draft. A three-time Super Bowl champion, Slater has made eight Pro Bowls as a special teamer (gunner) and is widely recognized to be one of the NFL's premier players at that position.