New Partnership with NFL Defensive End Yannick Ngakoue
Having grown up in a single-mother household in the Washington DC area, Yannick Ngakoue knew he wanted to give back to families in similar circumstances to his. Yannick identified Everyone Home DC, a DC-based organization that supports the holistic needs of individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness, as the recipient of a donation that would help families Everyone Home DC serves in a few different ways.
Yannick’s generous gift will support families living in Ward 7 and Ward 8 with expenses due to domestic violence and the need to access safety quickly, including hotel fees, first and last month’s rent, security deposits, moving expenses, and replacing items that had to be left behind. Other families will be able to access the funds to cover moving expenses related to relocation from unsafe and unhealthy living environments or purchasing a new home. Funds will also provide summer camp experiences to the children of a few families, providing critical summer learning and development opportunities.
In a recent video posted on Yannick’s social media, Yannick shared:
“It’s a special time in our world today to give back to one another and I feel like it’s my calling to be able to help out single moms, especially from my city.”
Yannick “tore up the DC football scene during his high school years.” He played football for Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School, located in Ward 7, receiving the Gatorade Football Player of the Year his senior season. Yannick went on to play at the University of Maryland before joining the NFL. This upcoming season, Yannick will be playing for the Indianapolis Colts. You can learn more about Yannick’s journey in football journalist Tyler Dunne’s Go Long piece.
Everyone Home DC is so incredibly excited to share this new and extremely thoughtful partnership with Yannick Ngakoue in support of single mothers in our city. We are so proud of all that Yannick has accomplished and humbled to be able to share these critical funds with the families we work alongside.