Brian Russell NFL: Boys & Girls Club Plays Vital Role in Helping Kids Go Back to School

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The new “Tools for Back-to-School” fundraising partnership between Disney and the Boys & Girls Club of America aims to build school supply donations for the upcoming academic year. Brian Russell, NFL player, applauds this effort as a Boys & Girls Club supporter.

The Boys & Girls Club of America has a longstanding history of providing at-risk children with excellent opportunities to find after-school support and academic guidance. The organization’s recent charitable partnership with Disney is continuing that mission by creating the “Tools for Back-to-School” supply drive. Outlined in a recent article from The Wall Street Journal, the charity aims to collect back-to-school supplies for needy children. Brian Russell, famed NFL player, has remained an outspoken supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs and explains that this event is crucial to highlighting the importance of education.

Unlike many other school supply fundraisers and drives, the “Tools for Back-to-School” takes a fun, interactive approach that anyone can take part in. Those interested in helping, simply have to visit the event’s website and take part in a fun trivia game; for every correct answer, the user adds one more donation from one of the charities partners. Corporate partners include JCPenney, AT&T, Amway, Staples, Disney Stores and Radio Disney. Currently, the drive has collected over 15,000 donations that include folders, books and school supply kits.

Throughout his NFL career, Brian Russell has learned the importance of community involvement Having given time to the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County in Washington, Russell has become a strong advocate of providing America’s youth with resources that encourage learning. In the article, Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, expands on these educational initiatives. He states, “Going back to school is not just about the supplies - which are important - it's also about having a fun, safe place to go after the bell rings to continue learning and growing.”

For Brian Russell, the mentorship opportunities that Boys & Girls Clubs provide are paramount to continuing education. In response to the “Tools for Back-to-School” drive Russell comments, “The more we focus on education the better our future is going to be. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America continue to support educational initiatives and we will all benefit from it.” He urges the American public to take part of the unique drive by contributing a few brief moments to play the donation-motivated trivia game.


Brian Russell is a former NFL player who played for the Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans. In 2003, he and Tony Parrish tied for the league lead in interceptions with nine. Brian Russell, a former professional athlete, is best known for his advocacy of education and healthy living. In addition, he is a spokesman for autism research and awareness. He is a proud spokesperson of the RT Autism Awareness Foundation – a group that aims to help further autism research and support for affected families.

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