Gayle Jackson and NFL Moms Promote Literacy at 92nd Elementary (Watts)


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Gayle Jackson, mother of All Pro, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, DeSean Jackson; Cheryl Foster, mother of DeShawn Foster; and, Kim Mallory, mother of Stefan Johnson recently took time off from their off season time with their families to enrich the lives of the youth at 92nd Elementary School, in Watts. Priscilla Currie, Principal, at 92nd Elementary and the entire student population welcomed the NFL Moms who were scheduled to make several visits to local elementary schools to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and promote literacy. Mrs. Jackson took the time to discuss her son’s career in the NFL and recently published book that focuses on bullying.

The NFL Moms were Awesome, elegant, graceful, compassionate and caring. They are ‘unofficial ambassadors’ of the NFL who give their time and personal resources to build caring communities throughout the league and underserved communities throughout the nation.


Gayle Jackson and NFL Moms Promote Literacy at 186th Street Elementary


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Students, Teachers, a Peace Officer, and NFL Moms Share the Joy of Reading

The 186th Street Elementary School students, staff, and parents enjoyed a Reading Pajama Party to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Friday, February 28, 2014 with a reading celebration and a movie. Senior Lead Officer, Ria Garcenila, stopped by to read to the children and join in the literacy celebration.


The students and parents were also happy to have the Western Region of the Professional Football Players Mothers Association (PFPMA) return for the third year to promote literacy. Gayle Jackson, the Western Region Coordinator and mother of Philadelphia Eagles star DeSean Jackson, brought her son’s new children’s book entitled, No Bullies in the Huddle written with Dr. William T. Hoston and illustrated by Charlie Neerman. Mrs. Jackson shared that the book deals with bullying awareness and how students can deal with this problem. The National Football League (NFL) moms joining in the reading party were LaTonya Scandrick (Orlando Scandrick, Dallas Cowboys), and Kimberly Mallory (Stefan Johnson, Free Agent and USC Great).


Students were able to enjoy a choice of stories read by students, teachers, SLO Officer Ria, and the NFL moms in different rooms with themes to promote a college going culture at the beginning of the event. The students heard fairy tales in the USC Trojans’ Arena, animal stories in the UCLA Bruins’ Den, stories of peace to share an appreciation for diversity in the LMU Lions’ Lair, and story time with Dr. Seuss in the auditorium with the NFL moms. After the students finished listening to the stories, they received a free book to increase their pleasure reading libraries at home and support the academic play of reading 15-20 minutes every evening called by Principal Reed. The play is called Operation R.E.E.D. (Read Every Evening Diligently).


The highlight of the evening was having the children bring their sleeping bags into the auditorium, sit on the floor with their friends, and culminate the Reading Pajama Party with popcorn and watching Disney’s movie Frozen. Hearing the children sing all of the songs in the movie was a pleasant surprise. Since the movie was just released on iTunes on February 25th, it was amazing to discover that the children knew all of the lyrics from the movie soundtrack. The room was filled with excited children and supportive parents. The sight of students and parents enjoying an evening of quality entertainment and family time made the event a great success of Reading Across America.

Marcia Sidney-Reed
186th Street Elementary School
2012 California Distinguished School
1581 W. 186th Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 324-1153

”If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” –Colin Powell


Congratulations to DeSean Jackson, 2014 Pro Bowl Selection


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Our sincere congratulations to our CEO, DeSean Jackson, on his 2014 Pro Bowl Selection. We are privileged, honored and extremely proud to be part of your team. – The DeSean Jackson Foundation Staff and Team Jackson

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Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

NFL Sunday: Profiles DeSean Jackson’s ‘Shop With a Jock Event’ Today


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Today, DeSean Jackson, and his Philadelphia Eagles teammates (Michael Vick, Kurt Coleman, Zack Ertz, John Dorenbos and others) will be highlighted on NFL Sunday for their generosity and efforts towards ‘giving back’ to the community. During a recent DeSean Jackson Foundation “Shop With a Jock Event” DeSean and the Eagles provided 50 local children a shopping spree for the holidays.

The 50 youth consisted of youth from a local charity that serves disadvantaged youth, the Philadelphia Youth Service Inc.; the family of Bryan Maenner, a youth who recently died a few days after meeting Mrs. Gayle Jackson; and, Nadin Khoury, a local youth who brought the issue of bullying to a national forum when Barbara Walter’s, of The View, invited both Khoury and his sports hero, DeSean Jackson, of the Philadelphia Eagles to her show to discuss the escalating epidemic of bullying.

The DeSean Jackson Foundation thanks Wal-Mart, DeSean’s teammates and NFL Sunday for their support. Please be sure to watch the segment today as our Eagles represent the ‘City of Brotherly Love’…and Happy Holidays. – Gayle Jackson, President, The DeSean Jackson Foundation.

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DeSean Jackson – Shop With a Jock – Benefits 50 Philadelphia area Youth


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Youth Service, Inc. (YSI) is dedicated to strengthening the family unit, helping at-risk teens and promoting child safety. For more than sixty years, YSI has upheld a tradition of excellence, dedicated to meeting the changing needs of children and families in Philadelphia. YSI mission is to offer accessible, quality services to at-risk children and families. We accomplish this by providing comprehensive services that strengthen families, foster self-sufficiency and develop the health and well-being of children and the family unit.

The DeSean Jackson Foundation thanks the following Philadelphia Eagles and sponsors for making this event a success for the fifty (50) youth who from Youth Services, of Philadelphia, who were chosen to participate in the DeSean Jackson “Shop With a Jock” holiday event:

– Mike Vick, Kurt Coleman, John Dorenbos and Zach Ertz

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DeSean Jackson and the Farm Bureau of VA–Raising Pediatric Cancer Awareness


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November 28, 2013


DeSean Jackson, CEO, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation, has teamed up with the Farm Bureau of Virginia to raise awareness and funds for research for Pediatric Cancer. DeSean Jackson and his mother, Gayle Jackson, are taking time out from their national campaign raising awareness to Pancreatic Cancer to lend their support to the Farm Bureau of Virginia that solicited their support to raise awareness and funds for research for the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in memory of Tomas Musser (2001-2010) who loved football; and, NFL Philadelphia Eagles’ W.R. DeSean Jackson.

According to the American Cancer Society, childhood cancers are rare, making up less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed each year. About 11,630 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2013. Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades. Because of the major treatment advances in recent decades more than 80% of children with cancer now survive 5 year or more.

DeSean Jackson commends St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital for the crucial role it plays in battling pediatric cancer and appeals to his fans to support for this extremely worthy cause. One Team, One Purpose!

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Media may contact: Joel Pugh, Smyth Farm Bureau, 254 S. Main Street, Marion, VA 24351, (276) 783-6148.

Our Sincere thanks to Andrew G. Schmidt Middle School…..


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[Reprinted by The DeSean Jackson Foundation, November 26, 2013]

Andrew G. Schmidt Middle School for ‘Purple Out’ for Pancreatic Cancer

Seventh-grader Jacob Metres, 13, takes notes in class while reading from a textbook while wearing a purple shirt, participating in a “Purple Out” to raise awareness and money for pancreatic cancer Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at Andrew G. Schmidt Middle School in Fenton. The school is featured on Philadelphia Eagles’ DeSean Jackson’s foundation website. Jake May |

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DeSean Jackson Teams Up With Andrew Schmidt Middle School “Purple Out”


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November 24, 2013

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DeSean Jackson, of the Philadelphia Eagles, and his foundation, The DeSean Jackson Foundation, have teamed up with the Andrew G. Schmidt Middle School, in Fenton, Michigan to raise awareness to Pancreatic Cancer and advocate for research for funding and support for those diagnosed with this dreadful disease and their families.

DeSean Jackson and his mother, Gayle Jackson, founded The DeSean Jackson Foundation, in 2009 in memory of William “Bill” Jackson, DeSean’s father who died shortly after being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Jackson states, “I lost my hero, my best friend and my father to Pancreatic Cancer and I deal with that loss each and every day of my life; but, right now it’s not about me and family. It’s about AGS and these kids who reached across the league to me to help their voices be heard.”

In October 2013, the Jacksons were contacted by Jill Smigiel, a teacher at AGS, through Twitter on behalf of several student athletes who were adamant about the fact that Pancreatic Cancer receives less funding for research and less national attention than other cancers; and, the life expectancy is less than other cancers. The students wanted to encourage NFL players to wear Purple in November to raise awareness to Pancreatic Cancer as they did across the league in October for National Breast Cancer Awareness.

The students challenged DeSean Jackson to Stand Up for Pancreatic Cancer by being the first to wear purple socks during the month of November in the NFL. Mrs. Jackson advised the students that would not be possible. Then, students decided to advocate by wearing purple socks themselves in protest. Mrs. Jackson was so impressed by their solidarity and advocacy that she convinced her son, DeSean, to help AGS develop a national platform so their voices would be heard. Thus, the AGS “Purple Out” has been embraced by the administration, faculty and student population; and, Monday, November 25th the students will launch this historical, inaugural event.

DeSean Jackson commends AGS for helping their students develop a life-long pattern of advancing the common good of becoming successful, purposeful members of society with empathy and compassion for the less fortunate. Jackson requests that media attention be focused on AGS during the “Purple Out” and the real story about Pancreatic Cancer and its impact on our society will be heard in the voices of those who know it best. “It’s not about me today”, states Jackson, “it’s about AGS and the kids.”


Andrew G. Schmidt Middle School
Andrew G. Schmidt Middle School (“AGS”) is a public middle school in Fenton Township, Michigan with a student population of 759 students in grades 6-8; and home of the Fenton Tigers. The student to teacher ratio is 17.1 AGS is part of the Fenton Public School District, an acclaimed international baccalaureate program, with a comprehensive curriculum that includes French, Spanish for middle school students; and, extra curriculum activities that include:
• Band
• Ceramic Sculpture
• Chorus
• Computer Arts
• Drawing/Painting
• Theatre/Drama
• Video Film Production

Dr. Heidie Ciesielski, is the Principal, at Andrew G. Schmidt Middle School. In May 2013, Dr. Ciesielski was named ‘The Best Middle School Principal” by the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals.


Jill Smigiel, AGS Middle School, 810/591-7778, E-Mail:

The DeSean Jackson Foundation, Mrs. Gayle Jackson, President, E-Mail:; Blog:

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Thanks to Morris Chestnut for Supporting the Philadelphia Eagles……


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Our sincere thanks to Morris Chestnut for taking time out from his hectic publicity tour for his latest movie, “The Best Man Holiday” to support the Phildelphia Eagles, at Lincoln Financial Field, in Philadelphia.

Morris and his son were the guests of Gayle and DeSean Jackson, W.R., of the Philadelphia Eagles but took time out to meet fans and do photo ops through out the entire complex.

Please support Morris and the awesome cast of The Best Man Holiday at the box office. Definitely worthy of several Oscar nominations. – Gayle Jackson, President, The DeSean Jackson Foundation

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