PHONES FOR HOMELESS
NFL’s Marshawn Lynch Joins Digital Trends Live for Charity Fundraiser
PORTLAND, Ore., December 11, 2018 -- NFL running back Marshawn Lynch is coming to Digital Trends Live for a charity fundraiser. The feature, which airs Thursday, will be an updated take on the classic telethon fundraiser, raising money to connect those experiencing homelessness with access to cellphones.
Lynch, who famously coined the term “beast mode,” is owner of cellphone company Beast Mobile. He’s also cofounder of Fam1st Family Foundation, an Oakland outreach that works to educate and empower underserved youth.
Fam1st and Beast Mobile have joined forces on an initiative called Phones for the Homeless, which aims to give smartphones and three months of service to 3,000 homeless people across the west coast at no charge. By playing games, filling out surveys, or watching videos on the Beast Mobile app that comes pre-installed on the smartphones, users can build up credits toward future coverage. To make a donation to the cause you can visit here.
“There is a myth out there that homeless people already get phones from the Government. To qualify for a phone you must already receive some type of assistance like food stamps or Medicare/Medicaid. Also you need to have a home address which homeless people do not have,” says Lynch on Beast Mobile’s website. “With Seattle having the 3rd largest homeless population in the U.S. and Oakland (and the Bay Area) having the 4th largest, Beast Mobile and Fam1st Family Foundation are committed to providing a solution to help city officials communicate with this previously untrackable demographic.”
Digital Trends, the world’s largest independent tech publisher, recently launched their ambitious live content programming, and officially hired long-time contributor Greg Nibler to host their live morning tech digest DT Daily.
“Marshawn is an icon, not just in football, but increasingly in his tech and philanthropy work,” says Nibler. “We’re very excited to have him on the show, I’m excited just to meet him, and the cause that he’s supporting is, I think, something that everyone can get behind.”
Lynch will appear live on Thursday, December 13th from 9:45am to 10:45am PS at https://www.digitaltrends.com/live.
About Marshawn Lynch
Lynch is in his 11th NFL season as running back the Oakland Raiders. Originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2007 where he played for three seasons before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks, where he played six more seasons, participating in two Super Bowls, winning one in 2013. Lynch is one of only 31 pro running backs to rush for over 10,000 yards in the NFL.
Always in “Beast Mode”, whether on the field or off, Lynch is moving forward and challenging himself and those around to be their best. Beast Mode isn’t just a nickname. It’s a lifestyle that he has embraced as a professional athlete, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.
Lynch grew up in Oakland, CA, attending high school at Oakland Tech and going to college nearby at the University of Cal-Berkeley. He is the owner of multiple businesses including the Beast Mode Apparel, Beast Mobile, and Rob Ben’s restaurant. As a philanthropist, Lynch co-founded the Fam 1st Family Foundation focusing on empowering and education underserved youth through after school programs, summer camps, tutoring, and mentorships.
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