This past weekend, non-profit organization HBCU Heroes, co-founded by NBA veteran – George Lynch & Entrepreneur – Tracey Pennywell partnered with Cxmmunity (Ryan Johnson – Executive Director) to host #Tech4Covid, sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co., the 2-day star studded virtual telethon was held on May 2nd – 3rd. The inaugural event created a ton of great buzz and social impact, with 257,646 total views and 95,316 hours watched by viewers, along with media mentions from Forbes, Black News Network, Black Enterprise, University Business, and more.
The #Tech4Covid kick-off event raised $118,668.00 of its $150,000 goal, and will continue to raise money on behalf of HBCU & minority students throughout the duration of the month. Celebrities, athletes, and influencers in support of the #Tech4Covid initiative included Offset, Jeezy, DL Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, Bill Bellamy, Blair Underwood, Malik Yoba, Desi Banks, Kevin Ware Jr., Bam Adebayo, Etan Thomas, Charles Oakley, Rashan Ali, Areva Martin, Kwame Jackson, and more.
Proceeds benefit HBCU student-athletes nationwide, and K-12 schools to enable minority students to successfully complete distance learning thrust upon them due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Underserved minority students across America are living in crisis. In addition to food and economic challenges, the lack of access to computers and WIFI to effectively complete their e-learning courses is rapidly increasing the already vast educational divide. This is also whyJPMorgan Chase Bank and Intel have donated funding to support #Tech4Covid via itsAdvancing Black Pathways Initiative.
“We’re pulling out all the stops for this virtual telethon. HBCU student-athletes and K-12 minority students need this movement to galvanize help. I’ve witnessed dozens of student-athletes scramble during this pandemic to get laptops,” says George Lynch, former NBA player and former head coach of Clark Atlanta University’s men’s basketball team.“Many of them were using school computer labs or the library and now they have to find their own technology resources. Something has to be done.”
Co-founder of HBCU Heroes, Tracey Pennywell adds, “Our goal is to ensure ALL HBCU athletes have the resources they need to compete academically and athletically. No student-athlete left behind.”
How can you continuously support the cause & stay connected?
#Tech4Covid is now looking forward to expanding the movement & conversation in efforts to meet their overall $3million goal, with a virtual continuation of this past weekend’s kick-off event, incorporating a #Tech4Covid Stream-A-Thon Sunday Series. The Sunday series was created in effort to continuously benefit underserved students, schools, and educators with essential digital resources during the Covid-19 crisis.
Tune-in via event supporter’s Twitch home-page each Sunday in May from 3pmEST – 7pmEST!
For more information on #Tech4Covid visit: www.tech4covid.live