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The Jonathan Vilma Foundation

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THE STORY:

NFL New Orleans Saints star Jonathan Vilma established The Jonathan Vilma Foundation in 2010 after the devastating earthquake. In May 2011, the Jonathan Vilma Foundation made a $50,000 grant to Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) to help expand the school they have built in Haiti in response to the devastating earthquake. The school is fittingly named the Academy for Peace and Justice. In April 2012, Vilma visited the school and met with the students who now receive free education, uniforms, food, clean water and medical care through the school. In October 2012, the Jonathan Vilma Foundation granted $100,000 to the Academy for Peace and Justice, which will see 1,400 students this fall. The school provides each student with their uniform, books and supplies, lunch, transportation, access to health care, and extra-curricular programs in addition to an education.

In support of relief efforts for the Haiti Earthquake, Vilma, whose parents are both natives of the nation, participated in a PSA soliciting fan donations that was aired nationally prior to the NFL’s conference championship games. He also produced and sold a t-shirt to benefit the efforts. In late 2010, Vilma launched the Jonathan Vilma Foundation to help raise funds to build a school in Haiti. He was named the 2010 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for the New Orleans Saints.

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