Every week, the NFL Players Association names the league’s Community MVP, honoring charitable work and involvement off the field. This week, for the first time all season, a member of the New England Patriots was honored: defensive lineman Deatrich Wise Jr. has been announced as the NFLPA’s Community MVP for Week 6 after hosting a free block party at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s Mattapan Teen Center on October 13.
“It’s an honor to receive the NFLPA Community MVP. I first thank the Most High God for giving me the opportunity daily to spread love and positivity,” said the 25-year-old about receiving the award. “I would like to thank my parents for teaching me about having compassion towards others, and that I can do anything I put my mind to. I also want to thank everyone who made the Mattapan Teen Center block party possible.”
Wise Jr. organized food, music and other activities for the families who visited the block party. On top of it all, he also pledged to give $10,000 back to the community through his Wise Up Foundation. The NFLPA, meanwhile, will also make a $10,000 donation to a foundation or charity chosen by the third-year Patriot. Furthermore, Pledge It has set up a crowdfunding campaign in Wise’s name to benefit the Mattapan Teen Center.
Please click here to participate in the Tackles For Teens crowdfunding campaign.