The San Francisco 49ers do a great job with community work, and defensive lineman Arik Armstead continued that in his hometown of Sacramento with a creative writing workshop. He worked in conjunction with Leataata Floyd Elementary School and 916 Ink helping the young students grow their creative writing skills. This class is part of the over 200 students that Armstead has assisted go through the program.
One of the most impressive aspects of 916 Ink is how they have been able to publish over 3,000 youth writers in over 100 professional books. This not only gives confidence to the young writers but helps them tap into their imagination and be better communicators. They also seek to serve “at-risk or vulnerable youth including those in foster care, those who are experiencing homelessness, or those who are engaged in the juvenile justice system.”
The kids as Leataata Floyd elementary finished up their last trips to the Imaginarium today. Thank you to @916_INK for during into the youth of Sacramento. Thank you to @EatChicagoFire for providing food for all 200 students! pic.twitter.com/xXQlvCZKfj— Arik Armstead (@arikarmstead) April 2, 2018
Another of Armstead’s charitable partners is Sacramento pizza restaurant Chicago Fire who donates lunch for the young writers at their workshop and all 200 students at the school. The restaurant often does promotions where proceeds from sales go to underprivileged youth in the area.
Leataata Floyd Elementary is named after Leataata Floyd, the mother of Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd. She turned the dangerous gang riddled area into a safe place for low income families with a neighborhood watch environment. She remains very involved with the school to this day. Armstead has done quite a bit of work with the school and it’s students throughout his career.
You can watch a local news feature on Armstead’s work here.