Monday, May 04, 2015

Pittsburgh Steelers Player Partners with Bread for the World

Kelvin Beachum, a three-year veteran of the NFL, has played  on the offensive line of  the Pittsburgh Steelers, primarily as a left tackle. Beachum, who was picked by the Steelers from SMU in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL draft, is considered one of the best players selected by Pittsburgh during Mike Tomlin's eight year tenure as head coach of the club.

Like many athletes, Beachum uses Twitter to communicate personal opinions and messages. In most cases, the messages by athletes reflect themes related to their sport or othe sports.

In Beachum's case, some of his messages promote the work of  Bread for the World'! However, the Pittsburgh player not only endorses Bread, but has formed a partnership with the organization to work to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. The partnership was announced during Beachum's annual football camp for children in his hometown of Mexia, Texas, on May 2. 

"We are right in the middle of the hunger problem in the country," said Beachum. "As a child, my family and I bounced around from WIC, free and reduced lunches, and some food stamp assistance when we qualified. There were times when we had enough, but there were also times that we needed help."  

Here is a tweet of  a picture of Beachum with Bread's Government Relations Director Eric Mitchell on the day of the announcement..
Beachum has been following and retweeting Bread for the World's tweets much of this year. He retweeted this post from Angela Ruprock-Schaefer, a member of Bread for the World's board of directors.
"To help end hunger, God is stretching me to do things I have never done before, like advocate for hungry children," said Beachum, the grandson of a pastor. "It truly takes a team to make that dream work, It takes a team from all different walks of life, all different upbringings, backgrounds, circumstance, to all to come together and help end hunger."

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