Nonprofit HBCU Heroes, co-founded by NBA veteran George Lynch & entrepreneur Tracey Pennywell, is partnering with Cxmmunity (Ryan
Johnson/Executive Director), to host Tech 4 COVID, a 2-day virtual telethon.
The event will be live-streamed May 2-3 from 12 PM – 12 AM EST both days, on Twitch, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, NFL Alumni’s ESTV, Codeblack Life, Instagram Live, YouTube, Facebook Live, ESPN Syracuse Radio, HBCU go TV, Black College Sports Radio, Axis Replay and more. The digital fundraiser is expected to reach over 30 million people and raise over $3million.
Proceeds will benefit HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) student-athletes nationwide and K-12 schools to enable minority students to successfully complete distance-learning thrust upon them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Underserved minority students across America are living in crisis. In addition to food and economic challenges, the lack of access to computers and WIFI to effectively complete their e-learning courses is rapidly increasing the already vast educational divide. This is also why JPMorgan Chase Bank and Intel have donated funding to support #Tech4COVID via its Advancing Black Pathways Initiative.
Celebrities participating include Offset, Jeezy, DL Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, Bill Bellamy, Blair Underwood, Malik Yoba, Desi Banks, Dionne Warwick, Dean Crawford, The Hamiltones, Mr. Serv-On and more.
The NFL Alumni Foundation is lending a hand to raise funding for this vital cause. NFL players/veterans involved in #Tech4COVID include: Xavier McKinney, Kenyan Drake, Takeo Spikes, Champ Bailey, Mel Blount, Everson Walls, Ahman Green, Nicholas Leverett, Tyrone Poole, Harold Carmichael, Hugh Douglas, Alge Crumpler, Vonnie Holliday, Rickey Dudley, Akbar Gbajabiamila (currently American Ninja Warrior’s
co-host) and more.
NBA players/veterans joining the cause include: Kevin Ware Jr., Bam Adebayo, Etan Thomas, Charles Oakley, Antonio Harvey, George Lynch, and Sheryl Swoopes, WNBA veteran.
Media personalities onboard include: Rashan Ali, Areva Martin, Kwame Jackson, Chris Broussard and Larry Ridley, who is also doubling as a host for the telethon.
Tuskegee alumnus, inventor & aerospace engineer, Dr. Lonnie Johnson, will lead a powerful discussion about the critical need for STEM in minority communities to level the playing field.
Corporate CEOs supporting this effort include: Milton Little/United Way of Greater Atlanta, Tirrell Whitley/Liquid Soul, Jeff Clanagan/Codeblack Life and more, who will all be on hand to lead discussions on strategies to support HBCUs, tech and more.
Streamers and influencers from FaZe Clan, Erin Ashley Simon, Kalamity, iPod King Carter, Gunner Stahl, Violet St. Claire, and Tygarlily will be streaming for the cause.
What They Are Saying
“We’re pulling out all the stops for this virtual telethon. HBCU student-athletes and K-12 minority students need this movement to galvanize help. I’ve witnessed dozens of student-athletes scramble during this pandemic to get laptops,” says George Lynch, former NBA player and former head coach of Clark Atlanta University’s men’s basketball team. “Many of them were using school computer labs or the library and now they have to find their own technology resources. Something has to be done.”
Adding, “Our goal is to ensure ALL HBCU athletes have the resources they need to compete academically and athletically. No student-athlete left behind.” says Tracey Pennywell, co-founder of HBCU Heroes.
“It’s important that we do not allow HBCU and minority students to be affected inadvertently by this pandemic. By supplying computers for these students, this partnership is keeping them properly equipped during these ever-changing times,” says NFL veteran Everson Walls, NY
Giants Super Bowl champion and former Dallas Cowboys great. Walls is also a proud HBCU former student-athlete at Grambling State University.
“This is a phenomenal opportunity to leverage entertainment, esports, and music to increase awareness for this amazing cause. The esports industry has been an amazing resource for nonprofits who are able to leverage the industry properly to do good,” says Ryan Johnson, Executive Director of Cxmmunity, a proud HBCU graduate of Oakwood University located in Huntsville, AL.
To donate, please visit the following site: #Tech4Covid