Pittsburgh Will Be Lighting a Purple Light for William “Bill” Jackson


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[Published by The DeSean Jackson Foundation, 2/28/2015]

Sunday, March 1, 2015, Pittsburgh will be lighting a for one of our own…William “Bill” Jackson, former PAT bus driver; and, father of Washington Redskins wide receiver, 3 X All Pro Bowler, DeSean Jackson.

Bill Jackson died from Pancreatic Cancer in 2009 when DeSean Jackson was a rookie wide receiver, punt return specialist with the Philadelphia Eagles.  DeSean Jackson and his mother, Gayle, founded the DeSean Jackson Foundation in 2010, a public charity in memory of Bill Jackson and Desean and Gayle have acquired international acclaim for their social enterprise which entails Pancreatic Cancer awarenessadvocacy; and, addressing social issues that impact the most vulnerable children, and individuals and families in our society.

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Byron Jackson, his brother DeSean and their father, William “Bill” Jackson

On Fathers Day, 2013, Byron and DeSean released a documentary, “The DeSean Jackson Story: The Making of a Fathers’ Dream” in memory of their father, Bill, and his strategic plan to get Byron and DeSean into the NFL.  The documentary focuses on Bill’s humble beginnings, love for the City of Pittsburgh, the work ethic, his love for the Pittsburgh Steelers and his favorite player, Rod Woodson, Pittsburgh Steelers.  For more information about the DeSean Jackson Foundation and the documentary, please visit: http://www.deseanjacksonfoundation.org.

About Purple Light

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Purple Light is a gathering of survivors, family, and friends who have been affected by pancreatic cancer. Participants form a community of hope in parks, courtyards, and city venues, as they share stories about their connection and the commitment to fight pancreatic cancer. Individuals gain both encouragement and comfort by illuminating purple glow sticks as they hear their loved ones’ names read aloud.

More than 80 communities across the nation host Purple Light events, helping to turn the country purple and shine light on our cause. Purple Light events take place in either fall or spring, depending on location, and help bring year-round awareness to our shared goal of doubling pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.

Pictures from previous Purple Light – City County Building, Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA


Photos from 2014 – Miscellaneous Purple Light Community Events



2015 Framp Camp: DeSean Jackson and Dwayne Frampton Experience


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 2015 Framp Camp:  The DeSean Jackson and Dwayne Frampton Experience

[Re-Post by The DeSean Jackson Foundation, 2015, February 21.]

DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins’ wide receiver; and, his mother, Gayle Jackson arrived at the 2015 Framp Camp, in Bakersfield, CA, today and was greeted by approximately 150 youth, parents, media and a corps of loyal Washington Redskins’ west coast fans.


Gayle Jackson, President, The DeSean Jackson Foundation, embraces the youngest member of the Washington Redskins’ Nation at Framp Camp.

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Date : February 21st & 22nd

Location : East Bakersfield High School

2200 Quincy Street, Bakersfield , California 93306

Time:   9:00am-12:30 ages 8-13

            1:30 – 4:30 ages 14 -18

Registration Fee for youth participating in 2-day camp – $150.00.   Please show up one (1) hour and a half hours prior to the event to sign in.

(Parents of participating athletes will be Admitted free)

Spectators $5.00

University of Southern California (USC) & the University of Utah division One Scouts will be in attendance .

Special Guests:  DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins, Isiah Green, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions, De’Anthony Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs.

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Kansas Chiefs running back, De’Anthony Thomas, arrived at Framp Camp, on 2/21/2015, and greeted the youth with an autograph session and  motivational speech.

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About Framp Camp:

Framp Camp ” Here today to change tomorrow” was created to positively influence a critical youth demographic ages five and up . We provide athletes with a host of complementary lifestyle practices designed to prepare them to better deal with the challenges of everyday life. Targeting football and pairing young people with professional athletes and mentors, the program focuses on developing skills such as teamwork , education  and nutritional balance in an effort to create a positive and / or healthy balance for a demographic susceptible to other less temptations.

Framp Camp was founded by Dwayne Frampton , a former Division One Collegiate Athlete. coach Frampton has trained some of the Top Athletes in the N.F.L today such as Desean Jackson, of the Washington Redskins , Kelcie McCray of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Demario Davis of the New York Jets, Adrian Robinson of the New York Giants and others . Frampton decided to embark on a long journey to train and mentor athletes due to his love for Football and the determination that he has to elevate young athletes today . He figured there was no better way to install the values of educational excellence , teamwork and health than to use his strong knowledge of football to deliver his message .


NOTE:  This event is not a DeSean Jackson Foundation sponsored event; but, is endorsed and supported by our CEO, DeSean Jackson.

MEDIA AND OTHER INQUIRIES: PLEASE CONTACT FRAMP CAMP representatives RICHARD @ (661) 304-6673 OR MARIA @ (661) 343-5609.  www.frampcamp2015.com

Save the Date: Read Across America Day is March 2, 2015


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Mark Your Calendars! Read Across America Day is March 2, 2015

Oh, the Places You’ll Go when you read!

March 2, 2015 is NEA’s (National Education Association) Read Across America Day and this year, the book is the Dr. Seuss classic, Oh, The Places You’ll Go.  Each year, Read Across America Day is held on March 2nd, in honor of the legendary Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Gayle Jackson, President of the DeSean Jackson Foundation, and mother of Washington Redskins’ wide receiver, DeSean Jackson, participates each year in the Read Across America event with a host of NFL Players’ Moms and their sons who visit local schools to read to students who are dressed in their pajamas.

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NFL Moms at 92nd Street Elementary School in Watts (2014)


- NFL Moms at 186th Street Elementary School, Gardena, CA (2014)


Last year, Mrs. Jackson chose a book that her son co-authored, “No Bullies In the Huddle”, for her reading selection.  The NFL Moms purchase the books for the event and Mrs. Jackson states that, “We are always seeking sponsors to donate brand new, multi-culturally diverse books to distribute during our event.  The schools we select are in dire need of new, diverse reading materials.”


To make your event Seussational, go to Plan a Reading Event for Read Across America for tips and ideas to plan your own event. Be sure to follow Read Across America on Facebook and Twitter with #readacrossamerica.

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)



February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Published: February 13, 2015
Each year, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. At a rate far higher than other forms of youth violence, teen dating violence impacts 1 in 3 adolescents in the United States through physical, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse.
uBcqBIZSBsdSPZO-556x313-noPadTeen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about dating violence, promote programs that support young people, and encourage communities to prevent this form of abuse with the goal of decreasing the prevalence of dating violence among young people.Help Someone TodayIf you or someone you know who is in an abusive dating relationship, free and confidential help is available 24 hours a day through the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, 7 days a week at 866-331-9474, or TTY 1-866-331-8453. The Helpline also has peer advocates available via live chat from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Confidential help is also available through the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you need help or know someone who may need someone to talk to, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

Pastor Kent O. Johnson – Washington Street Baptist Church, Paducah, KY


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[Repost of The Paducah Sun, Ellen O’Nan, dated 2/10/2015, reprinted by The DeSean Jackson Foundation.)

In the attached photo, on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, Pastor Kent O. Johnson preached to the congregation at Washington Street Missionary Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky. The church celebrated it’s 160th anniversary.  Pastor Johnson was the church’s 16th pastor. (AP Photo/The Paducah Sun, Ellen O’Nan)

The distinguished Reverend Kent O. Johnson is also an Executive Board Member, of The DeSean Jackson Foundation, a public charity founded by Washington Redskins’ wide receiver, DeSean Jackson, and his mother, Mrs. Gayle Jackson.  To learn more about The DeSean Jackson Foundation, please visit, http://www.deseanjacksonfoundation.org.

In this photo taken on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, Pastor Kent O. Johnson preaches to the congregation at Washington Street Missionary Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky. The church celebrated it’s 160th anniversary over the weekend.  Johnson was the church’s 16th pastor. (AP Photo/The Paducah Sun, Ellen O'Nan)Pastor Kent O. Johnson is the founder and senior servant of New Season Ministry Huber Heights, Ohio.  

For more information about New Season Ministry, visit, http://www.newseasonministry.org or http://www.newseasonministry.org/PastorAndFirstLady.aspx

Prayer Vigil for Bobbi Kristina Brown


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For Immediate Release

Prayer Vigil for Bobbi Kristina Brown, Riverdale, GA [Post, 2/9/2015]

DeSean Jackson, CEO, of The DeSean Jackson Foundation; and, his mother, Gayle Jackson, ask that their family, friends and the entire Washington Redskins’ nation join the “Circle of Prayer” for Bobbi Kristina Brown, beloved daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.

The “Shining A Light for Healing” by Candle Light will be held in Riverdale, Georgia tonight at 7:00 P.M. and will be open to the public.  DeSean and Gayle Jackson are appealing to the masses for prayer, love and support for Bobbi Kristina and her family.

If you are unable to attend the candlelight service tonight, please form a prayer circle for our beloved, Bobbi Kristina Brown; and continue to lift her family in your prayers.  – The DeSean Jackson Foundation


16th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration


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The 16th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will air on Super Bowl Sunday (February 1st) at 10 AM ET on BET and again at 2 PM ET on Centric.


ATLANTA, Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/

[ Reprinted by The DeSean Jackson Foundation, 1/30/2015]

On Friday, January 30th, the 16th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will help kick off Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, AZ.  The concert event and Super Bowl weekend favorite, has announced living legend Gladys Knight as its headlining performer and co-hosts – actress Holly Robinson Peete and retired NFL star, Rodney Peete.

Joining Ms. Knight and the Peetes for the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is an all-star lineup of entertainers (Tichina Arnold, Natalie GrantAnthony Hamilton, Fred Hammond, Dave Hollister, Israel Houghton, David Mann, Tamela Mann, Mali Music, Donnie McClurkin, DeWayne Woods) and athletes (Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers, DeSean Jackson – Washington Redskins, Ray Lewis, Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals, Rashad Jennings – New York Giants, Deion Sanders, Devon Still – Cincinnati Bengals), as well as the acclaimed NFL Players Choir (featuring current and retired players).

This year’s Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is being made possible with gracious support from American Family Insurance. The evening will feature special tributes to gospel music legend Andrae Crouch and beloved sportscaster Stuart Scott. In addition, Hamilton and Hollister will join Woods for a never-before-seen performance of the new song, “Friend of Mine.”

For the past 16 years, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, which is one of only five NFL sanctioned Super Bowl weekend events, has brought together a sterling group of secular and Christian artists, along with superstar athletes, to uplift and inspire and to give back to the community. Each year SBGC donates a portion of its proceeds to local and national charity organizations.

Gayle Jackson, President, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation, encourages all of the Washington Redskins’ Nation, family and friends of the foundation founded by Mrs. Jackson and her son, DeSean Jackson, of the Washington Redskins, to view the gospel celebration when it airs on Super Bowl Sunday on BET at 10:00 a.m., if you are unable to attend the event.  Tentative plans include an interview with DeSean Jackson that will be aired at that time.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

Congratulations, Miss Universe, Paulina Vega

miss-universe-2014-paulina-vega-01The new Miss Universe, a 22-year-old beauty from Colombia, Paulina Vega, posed for her first official photo.  She bested more than 80 other women from around the world during the 63rd edition of the world’s most prestigious pageant held at the FIU Arena at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, USA on Sunday, January 25.

The first runner-up went to Nia Sanchez of the USA. Diana Harkusha of Ukraine, Yasmin Verheijen of the Netherlands, Kaci Fennell of Jamaica were the 2nd, 3rd and 4th runner-up, respectively.

Top Five

Paulina Vega, Diana Harkusha, Nia Sanchez


Miss Universe, 2015 and DeSean Jackson, Pageant Judge

DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins’ wide receiver and Pageant Judge with newly crowned Miss Universe, Paulina Vega



2015 Miss Universe – Red Carpet


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Doral-Miami, Florida – January 25, 2015

In front of a worldwide audience of approximately 1 billion viewers, Miss Universe Colombia, Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe at the FIU Arena. Leading up to the pageant, the red carpet was filled with celebrities who represented a multi-cultural diverse panel from the sports and entertainment industries.  The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant was broadcast on NBC with a Spanish simulcast on Telemundo.

2015 Miss Universe Pageant Hosts and Judges with Donald Trupm

2015 Miss Universe Pageant Hosts and Judges with Mr. Donald Trump

The judges who sealed the fate of this year’s winner included: Kristin Cavallari, TV host and shoe designer for Kristin Cavallari by Chinese Laundry; Rob Dyrdek, Dynamic serial entrepreneur and star of MTV’s Ridiculousness and Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory; Emilio Estefan, 19-time Grammy Award winning musician and producer; Nina Garcia, Creative Director of Marie Claire Magazine, Lifetime’s hit show “Project Runway” judge, and fashion industry expert;


DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins wide receiver and return specialist; three-time Pro Bowler; William Levy, TV and film actor who was previously named People En Espanol’s Sexiest Man Alive; Manny Pacquiao, Fighter of the Decade, eight-division world champion and Filipino Congressman; Louise Roe, Fashion journalist, author, host of “Plain Jane” on MTV International and the upcoming TLC fashion series, “Style By Jury;” Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins celebrated right fielder, two-time major league baseball All-star and recipient of the biggest contract in sports history; and Lisa Vanderpump, Star of hit show “Vanderpump Rules” and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”









- 2015 Miss Universe Pageant Hosts

– 2015 Miss Universe Pageant Hosts – Jeannie Mai, Thomas Roberts, Natalie Morales

Natalie Morales and Thomas Roberts joined forces to host this year’s show for the first time as co-hosts. Morales is the news anchor of NBC’s “TODAY” show and co-anchor of the show’s third hour, and Roberts hosts MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” and is a contributor to “Morning Joe.” Veteran MISS UNIVERSE commentator, Jeannie Mai, took viewers behind-the-scenes to engage with contestants, talent and fans throughout the telecast.

Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe 2014 and boyfriend Nick Jonas

Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe 2014 and boyfriend Nick Jonas

Mr. Donald Trump with Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe

Mr. Donald Trump with Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe

Pageant Judges:  DeSean Jackson, Manny


DeSean Jackson – 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant Judge


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For Immediate Release

January 23, 2015

[Revised, 25, January 2015, 7:25 a.m., EST.]


Donald J. Trump, and Paula M. Shugart, President, of the Miss Universe Organization, announced  that DeSean Jackson, wide receiver and punt return specialist for the Washington Redskins; and CEO, of The DeSean Jackson Foundation, will be joining the distinguished panel of judges for the 2015 Miss Universe pageant.


The pageant will be televised on Sunday, January 25 (8-11 p.m., EST), on NBC, and an estimated 600 million viewers in 192 countries will watch this prestigious, international event.


Host Hotel


Purchased by the Trump Organization in June 2012, the Doral Golf Resort & Spa has been undergoing a dramatic restoration to recapture the resort’s early grandeur. Every aspect of the resort has been completely transformed in order to bring the new Trump National Doral® to the highest level of luxury, infused with the distinguished five-star level of service that is synonymous with the Trump brand.

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Today, the prestigious 800-acre resort boasts a completely re-designed clubhouse, 643 new Deluxe accommodations, luxurious event spaces, new restaurant concepts, 5 redesigned championship golf courses, plus all new re-imagined recreational amenities and retail shops for guests and members to enjoy.


The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture which uses its global grassroots reach to empower women to be self-confident and strive to be their personal best.  MUO believes that every woman should be “Confidently Beautiful.” The MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA®, and MISS TEEN USA® beauty pageants provide an international platform through dedicated partnerships with charities, sponsors, and brands around the world. During their reign, our winners are given the tools to personally and professionally enrich others by providing humanitarian efforts to affect positive change, all while developing their personal career goals. For more information, and to learn more about Miss Universe’s official cause to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS education and prevention around the world, please visit the official website, http://www.missuniverse.com.


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