Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis continue to join forces to create social change in communities across the U.S. Both members of the Players Coalition, a social justice advocacy organization established by several NFL players in 2017, Norman and Davis have been spearheading philanthropic initiatives focused on immigration, criminal justice reform, clean water and more.
Here are just a few recent examples of their joint activism:
Last summer, Norman and Davis traveled to San Antonio to distribute essentials as well as backpacks, books and toys to children previously separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Then, this past April and June, they made two more visits to the border to deliver supplies to families seeking asylum. Afterwards, Norman went on to donate $18,000 to the Rio Grande Valley immigration respite facility they had visited.
In March, Norman and Davis partnered with the United Way to help load a U-Haul truck packed with 400 cases of water to Flint, Michigan, where many local community members still do not have access to safe drinking water — years after the city made national headlines for its lead-contaminated water.
Norman and Davis, along with the New York Immigrant Freedom Fund and National Bail Fund Network, helped pay $50,000 bail last month for a young farmworker in California who had been detained for nearly three months after reading a poem critical of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at a local government meeting.
In addition to their advocacy work with the Players Coalition, Norman and Davis run their own foundations— Norman with his Starz24 Foundation and Davis with his Devoted Dreamers Foundation— both which are dedicated to expanding opportunity for underserved youth.
This past January during Super Bowl week in Atlanta, Norman was named a 2019 Most Valuable Philanthropist by sports philanthropy consulting group Champions for Philanthropy for his work with the Players Coalition and his foundation, which is currently building a teen center in his hometown of Greenwood, South Carolina.