[...] he helped lead a writing contest in which students created books on how to resolve bullying. The winners earned a $500 prize, received a surprise Zoom visit from Clement and will have their book published.
“It is a true honor to be named the NFLPA Community MVP,” the Philadelphia Eagles running back said. “As an NFL player, I have the opportunity to bring attention to the causes most important to me — literacy, anti-bullying and music education. I feel that it is important to support grassroots non-profits that are led by Black leaders.”
For the second straight year, Clement teamed up with the National Youth Foundation for its Student Book Scholars contest. More than 100 students from 31 different states submitted written and illustrated pieces about anti-bullying, providing a much-needed creative outlet in hopes of empowering children surrounding an important issue.
At the close of the national campaign, Clement made a surprise visit to the five finalists via Zoom, where he announced Dirk, Meka and Beck Troutman as the grand prize winners for their book, “From Bullies To Buddies.” In addition to the prizes, the competition recognized the literary achievements by all of the student contestants, whose books will be donated to schools and libraries across the country.
As an NFLPA Community MVP award winner, Clement is eligible for the annual Alan Page Award, which is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player. Rodney McLeod is also eligible since he was the NFLPA Community MVP for Week 2. Former Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins (2017) and Chris Long (2018) previously earned the Alan Page Award (née Byron “Whizzer” White Award).
Clement’s on-field contributions have been limited this season (3.5 yards per attempt on 18 carries) but it’s nice to see he’s making a positive impact off the field.