NFL Safety D.J. Swearinger Gave Back to his Community With an Annual School Supply Drive

Despite the many school challenges children are having, Dayarlo Jamal “D.J.” Swearinger’s 2 Spoonz Foundation ensured that at least one community of students started the year off right.

Swearing is a Greenwood, South Carolina native. In the  NFL, he has played for the Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, and the New Orleans Saints.  Swearinger partnered up with the 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office to provide an abundance of school supplies to students in the Lakelands.

According to their website, “D.J. Swearinger Sr founded his not-for-profit, 2 Spoonz Foundation, with the aim to give back to underprivileged kids and make a positive impact within his community. Last year Swearinger Sr sponsored 50 kids from The Boys & Girls Club, 25 kids for the Big Brother/Big Sister program. He is excited to grow his ability to help more children by way of his foundation.”

Swearinger started the foundation shortly after his rookie year in 2013 with the desire to give back to his community. As part of his giving, Swearinger held his second annual school supply drive on July 20.

Joining forces with 8th Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo, they collected supplies including over 150 book bags, pencils, highlighters, notebooks, and binders for students in his hometown of Greenwood. The 2 Spoonz Foundation shared a video of Swearinger doing some of the shopping himself.

It’s not just the kids who get to experience something heartwarming either.

“We are excited for the first time to be teaming up with D.J.’s efforts to pour back into our community in Greenwood with our annual school supply delivery,” said Stumbo. “During a time when our country needs kindness more than ever, this single act of generosity by our Diversion program participants changes two lives. The child’s life is changed by being properly equipped at school, and the participant’s life is changed by being able to make a difference in the life of a fellow human, doing what we can to change our community for the better.”

Diversion programs, like pre-trial intervention and alcohol education, are offered by Stumbo’s office. Participants were allowed to donate for credit on their community service hours. With Covid restrictions, this became very important as volunteer opportunities became scarce.

The back-to-school drive was a massive success. Donations were made to Greenwood and Abbeville schools via contact-free delivery, with solicitor’s office employees dropping off donations at district offices.

 

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