Cincinnati Bengals Select ABC as Recipient for Grant Benefitting Local Social Justice Efforts

ABC Executive Director, Brian Leshner and Development Director , Sally Grimes pose with QB Andy Dalton, CB Darqueze Dennard, DE Carlos Dunlap, DE Michael Johnson and LB Vincent Rey at the press conference .

Activities Beyond the Classroom is honored to be selected as one of the four recipients for a Cincinnati Bengals grant benefitting social justice efforts in Cincinnati.

Check out this great video spotlighting the NFL’s Social Justice Initiative and hear from ABC Executive Director Brian Leshner, as well as other recipients, about how the grant will benefit the community:

As part of the grant, the Bengal’s Positive Impact Committee selected four local organizations to receive a portion of $300,000 raised by the team and players. These funds are designated to help organizations that focus on poverty and breaking down barriers in education and economic advancement as well as community and police relations throughout Greater Cincinnati. 

Activities Beyond the Classroom will use the funds to support the Academic & Athletic Accountability Pathway (AAA Pathway), a program in which ABC provides mentoring and resources to student-athletes throughout CPS high schools. The goal of AAA Pathway is to help students perform at their grade level, graduate from high school and understand their options beyond high school, whether that is college, the military or the workforce. AAA Pathway also helps 11th-grade and 12th grade students prepare for post-graduation, with resources such as ACT Bootcamp Training, athletic-specific college resources and more.

Brian Leshner, Executive Director of Activities Beyond the Classroom, said, “We are very grateful to the Bengals and the players for their support of AAA Pathway. This district-wide initiative takes a holistic approach to helping students prepare for life beyond high school. The Bengals players actively mentoring and supporting CPS’s athletes will go a long way in setting these student-athletes up for success.”

Activities Beyond the Classroom works year-round to ensure that CPS students are afforded the same opportunities as students in wealthier school districts. You can help us support even more Cincinnati Public School students through educational and extracurricular programming by making a financial contribution to Activities Beyond the Classroom today!