FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: LMarilyn Crawford
STAR-STUDDED ARRAY OF CELEBRITIES & ATHLETES LEND VIRTUAL SUPPORT FOR TECH4COVID STREAM-A-THON TO BENEFIT HBCUs & MINORITY STUDENTS #TECH4COVID
April 29, 2020 (Viz Release) ATLANTA, GA – – TECH4COVID is online entertainment, information and an inspiring treat, for the “sheltered in”, that helps students. From Offset, Kanye, Kevin Hart to Blair Underwood, Charles Oakley, Dionne Warwick, Cedric, DJ Hughley and many more, we are ready to elevate the cause and address the concerns. WE NEED YOUR HELP, Corporate Sponsorship, Media Partners, Donations, or just SPREAD the WORD!
TECH4COVID is a thrilling experience filled with celebrities, professional athletes, fun, entertainment and sports ready to go. The effort is lead by partners; HBCU Heroes, co-founded by NBA veteran George Lynch & entrepreneur Tracey Pennywell, CXMMUNITY Ryan Johnson, Founder, & LMarilyn Crawford, CEO, PrimetimePOPS.
Tech4COVID May 2-3, as a 2-day virtual telethon. The digital fundraiser is expected to reach over 100 Million people and the goal is to raise over $10 Million. The event will be live-streamed from 12 PM – 12 AM EST both days, on Twitch, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, NFL Alumni’s ESTV, Codeblack Live platforms, Instagram Live, YouTube, Facebook Live, ESPN Syracuse Radio, HBCU go TV, Black College Sports Radio, Axis Replay and more.
Proceeds will benefit HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) 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. HBCUs were created to open doors that had otherwise been closed for people of color to engage in higher learning. An our K-12 students need our support more than ever. The effect of Covid19 on the economy is fast breaking and it has left students breathless, and without the proper resources in minority communities to engage in online education.
“Underserved minority students across America are living in crisis. We have to act now and provide the tools that lead to economic, information and education freedom. period.”, said LMarilyn Crawford, PrimetimePOPS. 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 why JPMorgan Chase Bank and Intel have donated funding to support #Tech4COVID via its Advancing Black Pathways Initiative.
Celebrities participating include Offset, Jeezy, DL Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, Bill Bellamy, Malik Yoba, Desi Banks, Dionne Warwick, Dean Crawford, The Hamiltones, Mr. Serv-On and more.
The NFL Alumni Foundation is lending a hand to raise funding for this vital cause. NFL players/veterans involved in #Tech4COVID include: Xavier McKinney, Kenyan Drake, Takeo Spikes, Mel Blount, Everson Walls, Ahman Green, Nicholas Leverett, Tyrone Poole, Harold Carmichael, Hugh Douglas, Alge Crumpler, Vonnie Holliday, Rickey Dudley, Akbar Gbajabiamila (currently American Ninja Warrior’s co-host) and more.
NBA players/veterans joining the cause include: Kevin Ware Jr., Bam Adebayo, Etan Thomas, Charles Oakley, Antonio Harvey, George Lynch, and Sheryl Swoopes, WNBA veteran.
Media personalities onboard include: Rashan Ali, Areva Martin, Kwame Jackson, Chris Broussard and Larry Ridley, who is also doubling as a host for the telethon.
Corporate CEOs supporting this national effort include: Milton Little/United Way of Greater Atlanta, Tirrell Whitley/Liquid Soul, Jeff Clanagan/Codeblack Life and more, who will all be on hand to lead discussions on strategies to support HBCUs, minorities in technology and more.
Streamers and Esports personalities include: Kalamity, iPod King Carter, Gunner Stahl, and Erin Ashley Simon. “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.” Adding, “Our goal is to ensure ALL HBCU athletes have the resources they need to compete academically and athletically. No student-athlete left behind.” says Tracey Pennywell, co-founder of HBCU Heroes.
“It’s important that we do not allow HBCU and minority students to be affected inadvertently by this pandemic. By supplying computers for these students, this partnership is keeping them properly equipped during these ever-changing times,” says NFL veteran Everson Walls, NY Giants Super Bowl champion and former Dallas Cowboys great. Walls is also a proud HBCU former student-athlete at Grambling State University.
“This is a phenomenal opportunity to leverage entertainment, esports, and music to increase awareness for this amazing cause. The esports industry has been an amazing resource for nonprofits who are able to leverage the industry properly to do good,” says Ryan Johnson, Executive Director of Cxmmunity.
To Donate Please visit the following sites #TECH$COVID
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been educating and training minorities for over 150 years. HBCUs, while vital and important, are usually smaller institutions with smaller endowments. Add to that the majority of our HBCU students are the first in their families to go to college, are from households with annual incomes less than $35,000, qualify for federal financial aid and hold down part-time jobs to supplement the cost of college. The national shutdown of many of the places where they work part-time, i.e. restaurants, movie theatres, gyms, libraries, etc. has left them reeling. A destructive crisis like this one affects our students and schools exponentially.