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9 groups in Memphis to receive Black Community grants from Nike

- Omer Yusuf

Nike on Friday announced its 2023 Black Community Commitment Grantees, which include nine Memphisbas­ed organizati­ons.

The grants are going to Memphisbas­ed Schoolseed Foundation, Just City, Knowledge Quest, Kudzukian Media Group, New Ballet Ensemble, Pure Youth Athletics, Memphis Shelby Police Activities League, STS Enterprise and The Consortium Memphis Music Town.

The nine Memphis organizati­ons are part of Nike’s $2.4 million city-specific investment­s across 43 grantees. Nike selected grantees that were focused on education innovation, economic empowermen­t and social justice.

Nike has a notable presence in Memphis,

as the Frayser neighborho­od is home to the company’s North American Logistics Campus.

Here is more informatio­n on the nine Memphis organizati­ons that are part of Nike’s 2023 Black Community Commitment and what the grants will go toward.

h Schoolseed Foundation works with individual­s, community groups and businesses to help children be provided with high-quality education.

h Just City works on local criminal justice policy and practice to ensure it is fair for all people regardless of wealth, race or ethnicity.

h Knowledge Quest tries to meet the needs of the Memphis community by helping stabilize homes, providing access to health, and making the clear path to opportunit­ies for families through extended learning academies, the Green Leaf Learning Farm and family stability centers.

h Kudzukian Media Group is an independen­tly owned production company that offers on-demand virtual, in-studio and livestream content across all media platforms.

h New Ballet Ensemble provides children and youth a profession­al standard of training, regardless of the ability to pay.

h Pure Youth Athletics is a non-public, church-related school that provides students tools to become successful college students and productive members of the community through athletics.

h Memphis Shelby Police Activities League tries to prevent crime, builds character and promotes success for children through youth mentoring programs.

h STS Enterprise works with 13- to 24-year-old minorities by providing mentorship­s, workshops, exposure to careers and experience­s, and talent placement with a focus on building confidence, life skills and tools for secondary or postgradua­te opportunit­ies to achieve economic mobility.

h The Consortium Memphis Music Town facilitate­s and coordinate­s a strategy to leverage the music resources and assets of the community in Memphis in an intentiona­l way to have a highly qualified and informed pool of talent that is poised for careers in the music industry.

Omer Yusuf covers the Ford project in Haywood County, residentia­l real estate, tourism and banking for The Commercial Appeal. He can be reached via email Omer.yusuf@commercial­ or followed on Twitter @Omerayusuf.

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