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53 Families Foundation, Inc. (“53 Families”) is a Maryland nonprofit corporation operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players’ Philanthropy Fund, Inc. (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178), a Maryland not-for-profit public benefit corporation with federal tax-exempt status from the IRS under Section 501(c)(3). Contributions to 53 Families are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Jameel McClain

Founder & NFL Linebacker

The motto “Adversity Won’t Stop Me” is a direct reflection on the foundation, Jameel and the entire 53 Families family.

  • 2014 Finalist, Byron “Whizzer” White Award (NFLPA)
  • 2013 Ed Block Courage Award – Honored in March 2014
  • 2012 Characters Unite – Chosen by Character’s Unite to Represent NFL
  • 2016 George Washington High School Sports Hall of Fame -  Philadelphia, PA
  • 2014 The Community Award Recipient, The Salvation Army -  New York, NY
  • 2013 NAACP Community Ambassador Recipient - Baltimore, MD
  • 2013 Global Ambassador, Stomp Out Bullying Campaign
  • 2012 Recognized by Congressman Elijah Cummings & the Elijah Cummings Youth Program - Israel
  • 2012 Compassion in Action Award Recipient, The Salvation Army - Baltimore, MD
  • 2011 Community Ambassador, Boys and Girls Club - Baltimore, MD