Shad Loves The Kids!

Shad Loves The Kids!

What We Do

At The RJF it is our desire to create and develop programs that are committed to fostering the education and empowerment of youth. The following are just a few of the programs we offer. Others are also in the works.
Our nationwide in-school literacy through reading program.
Our annual FREE summer youth football skills camp.
Our program to guide, challenge, and encourage student athletes.

. . . and Who We Are

. . . and who we are

Our Story
unnamed-101Rashad Jennings always had a vision to start a Foundation. But for him, it was never about what giving back could do for his image. Instead, it has always been about helping others overcome the various adversities he has experienced in his own journey. Rashad was an average kid who was a little overweight, not the best academically, with parents who were very busy doing what they could to provide for him and his siblings. It seemed all he had going for himself was a dream that very few ever get to see come true. Rashad dreamed of one day becoming an NFL Running Back. Statistically speaking, and by all appearances available, the odds were stacked against him ever reaching the status of a player in the National Football League. Yet here he is today… and he is determined to help pave the way for kids like him to achieve their dreams also. The Rashad Jennings Foundation educates, inspires and encourages youth everywhere through three main initiatives: The Reading Challenge, Mentorship and Camp 180. Rashad realizes that one of the key reasons why his childhood dreams are a reality today is because, in his youth, someone cared enough to inspire him through education, provide him with mentorship for success, and encourage health and fitness as a way of life. These real-life experiences are what drive the Rashad Jennings Foundation; it is why we do what we do! In addition to equipping youth through the RJF, Rashad’s heart  is to use his foundation to help equip his NFL peers from all 32 NFL teams with opportunities to give back and to use their platform as professional athletes for positive impact. To do so, Rashad tailored his literacy and mentorship programs to be branded in athlete’s names from around the league so that they, too, can host their own program in their communities. When Rashad retires from the NFL, his dream is to continue to use the RJF to equip NFL players  with their own programs, resources and  guidance on how to give back and use their platforms to make a difference in their communities. Rashad says, “It’s not about me. It’s about all of the NFL players coming behind me and the communities they can serve.” 
Our Mission
To inspire youth by making education fun, to provide mentorship for individual success, and to promote health and fitness nationwide.
Our Vision
We are committed to growing The Reading Project to connect with as many schools and NFL sponsors across the country as we can, and to developing relationships that will also serve to further expand the Locker Room Project with the help of professional athletes in all pro sports.
Our Supporters
Would you like to help? You can make a donation that could ultimately make a world of difference in the life of a child. Whether a mentorship, literacy or health and fitness program, the Foundation offers all of its programs and community events free of charge to their participants. Please join us and help us make that difference! The Rashad Jennings Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization FEIN 47-3698227. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the greatest extent allowable by law. Please consult your tax advisor. For information on how to help, please email: Jaclyn@therjf.org.
Our Story
unnamed-101Rashad Jennings always had a vision to start a Foundation. But for him, it was never about what giving back could do for his image. Instead, it has always been about helping others overcome the various adversities he has experienced in his own journey. Rashad was an average kid who was a little overweight, not the best academically, with parents who were very busy doing what they could to provide for him and his siblings. It seemed all he had going for himself was a dream that very few ever get to see come true. Rashad dreamed of one day becoming an NFL Running Back. Statistically speaking, and by all appearances available, the odds were stacked against him ever reaching the status of a player in the National Football League. Yet here he is today… and he is determined to help pave the way for kids like him to achieve their dreams also. The Rashad Jennings Foundation educates, inspires and encourages youth everywhere through three main initiatives: The Reading Challenge, Mentorship and Camp 180. Rashad realizes that one of the key reasons why his childhood dreams are a reality today is because, in his youth, someone cared enough to inspire him through education, provide him with mentorship for success, and encourage health and fitness as a way of life. These real-life experiences are what drive the Rashad Jennings Foundation; it is why we do what we do! In addition to equipping youth through the RJF, Rashad’s heart  is to use his foundation to help equip his NFL peers from all 32 NFL teams with opportunities to give back and to use their platform as professional athletes for positive impact. To do so, Rashad tailored his literacy and mentorship programs to be branded in athlete’s names from around the league so that they, too, can host their own program in their communities. When Rashad retires from the NFL, his dream is to continue to use the RJF to equip NFL players  with their own programs, resources and  guidance on how to give back and use their platforms to make a difference in their communities. Rashad says, “It’s not about me. It’s about all of the NFL players coming behind me and the communities they can serve.” 
Our Mission
To inspire youth by making education fun, to provide mentorship for individual success, and to promote health and fitness nationwide.
Our Vision
We are committed to growing The Reading Project to connect with as many schools and NFL sponsors across the country as we can, and to developing relationships that will also serve to further expand the Locker Room Project with the help of professional athletes in all pro sports.
Our Supporters
Would you like to help? You can make a donation that could ultimately make a world of difference in the life of a child. Whether a mentorship, literacy or health and fitness program, the Foundation offers all of its programs and community events free of charge to their participants. Please join us and help us make that difference! The Rashad Jennings Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization FEIN 47-3698227. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the greatest extent allowable by law. Please consult your tax advisor. For information on how to help, please email: Jaclyn@therjf.org.

Overall Impact: By the Numbers

The RJF has been in existence for just a few years. However we have made a very positive impact in the lives of youth across the country. We are currently positioning ourselves to far exceed what we’ve already accomplished. Here are some of the numbers:

Students joined The Reading Challenge

Charity appearances

Schools participated in The Reading Challenge

Kids participated in Camp 180

Books read by students in The Reading Challenge

People attended Family Fun Fest

Reading Challenge News...

The latest Reading Challenge information will be highighted in this section…

Reading Challenge News...

The latest Reading Challenge information will be highighted in this section…

Rashad Jennings: The Soul of the RJF

Here is a brief interview that shares some of the obstacles Rashad has had to overcome. It is this same drive, tenacity, and faith in God that we at the RJF aim to instill in all of the youth of America.

Rashad Jennings: The Soul of the RJF

Here is a brief interview that shares some of the obstacles Rashad has had to overcome. It is this same drive, tenacity, and faith in God that we at the RJF aim to instill in all of the youth of America.

Donations

Whether a mentorship, literacy or health and fitness program, the Foundation offers all of its programs and community events free of charge to their participants. Please join us and help us make that difference! The Rashad Jennings Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization FEIN 47-3698227. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the greatest extent allowable by law. Please consult your tax advisor. For information on how to help, please email: Jaclyn@TheRJF.org.

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Books & Publications

Here is some recommended reading by Rashad and the RJF.

The Rashad Jennings' Night of Comedy

Each year we team-up with some of the biggest names in comedy and other celebrities to raise money for the RJF. Last year we held this event at Super Bowl LII. Check back here to get info about our next one!

Contact Us

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