Take Part in a Charity Challenge for Richard Sherman

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Sherman230_1202Richard Sherman has been selected as the Seattle Seahawks’ 2015 “Man of the Year,” it was announced today. The cornerback was recognized for his skills on the field and his dedication to youth, education and the community.

Sherman is among 32 NFL players selected from their respective teams, who are now all eligible for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. He and the other nominees will all receive $5,000 to donate to their charity of choice.

As part of the announcement, an inaugural Charity Challenge, presented by Nationwide, is underway around the league, and Seahawks alumni and fans are encouraged to take part. The social media contest will give alumni and fans the opportunity to show support for their favorite nominee, in this case Richard, as well as offer a chance for selected players to secure an additional $20,000 for their cause.

Starting today, alumni and fans will be invited to vote for their favorite nominee by using that player’s unique hashtag on any social media platform – Twitter, Instagram, etc. The player whose unique hashtag is used the most by December 31, 2015 will receive a $20,000 donation to their charity of choice.

Here’s Richard’s hashtag: #ShermanWPMOYChallenge

Now a three-time All-Pro selection, Sherman is dedicated to sharing the importance of education to inner-city kids through “Blanket Coverage – The Richard Sherman Family Foundation.”  Launched in spring 2013, the foundation provides school supplies and adequate clothing to students to ensure they have the necessities needed to achieve their goals.

Throughout the year, Sherman travels to schools to give talks about goal setting and hard work. Following these assemblies, he will meet with at-risk students who sign a pledge to improve their grades, show up for school, and be good citizens. Each student receives a backpack full of school supplies and a promise from Richard to support them yearly if they fulfill their obligation.

He also serves as a mentor to more than 50 high school students and actively monitors their grades.  Students are rewarded with game tickets and the chance to see Sherman put his words into action on the playing field.

The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, selected by a panel of judges, will be announced at the Annual NFL Honors Award Show on Feb. 6, the night before the Super Bowl, on CBS from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm PT. They will receive an additional $50,000 donation for a charity of their choice.

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