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Almost 8 years ago, Snoop Dogg started the non profit organization, SYFL, in South Central, LA. Now, the league can be found in three different markets, including Chicago and Las Vegas. Snoop’s youth football league was created for at risk and inner city children ages 5-13 in relation to football and cheerleading. Part of Snoop and the SYFL’s mission is teaching the value of teamwork, discipline, self respect, good sportsmanship and at the same time stressing the importance of academics. Teen sensation Diggy Simmons was in Chicago recently, where he showed support for Snoop Dogg’s Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL). Diggy and Jacob Lattimore surprised hundreds of teens, when they appeared at the SYFL benefit party in Chicago. In addition to speaking to students to encourage them, the pair pledged their support for Snoop Dogg, and promised to return for a benefit concert. In 2007, Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter conceived the idea to create the non-profit “One Family Foundation” as a means of helping urban youth. It’s mission is to empower urban youth by engaging them in opportunities to cultivate their talents and skills, educating them to become productive and economically selfsufficient, and motivating them to dream beyond their circumstances. In 2008, The One Family Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the New Orleans Recreational Department (NORD) utilized Lil Wayne’s celebrity stardom to raise funds to restore Harrel Park to full functionality for the benefit of youth in the 17th Ward of New Orleans. Harrell Park, which was destroyed when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, was used as a trailer site for the local water board in the hurricane’s aftermath. Lil Wayne has donated nearly $300,000 to help rebuild the New Orleans, Louisiana playground he grew up in. Grammy award-winning Rapper/Actor T.I. (aka Clifford Harris), has become a powerful role model while traveling the country motivating and inspiring at risk youth. He has created a voice through his K.I.N.G. Foundation to host community initiatives that engage young people on being responsible citizens to help build their community. On the eve of him serving a year and one day on a prison sentence, he sent the message of social responsibility to as many as he could. In addition to “T.I.’s Road to Redemption: 45 Days to Go” number one TV show, where MTV chronicled the rap icon’s dedicated mission to educate today’s youth by sharing his mistakes before serving prison time. Nation19’s parent company Mobile Regime, LLC enabled T.I. to continue his community outreach with fans and supporters by (SMS) text messaging updates of encouragement and news during his time served.

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