Former Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Recipient and Supporter Named as Finalist for NFL's 2019 Walter Payton Award
WASHINGTON, DC—Prison Fellowship®, the nation's largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, congratulates Green Bay Packers nose tackle Kenny Clark for being named a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for the Packers organization. Clark was one of 32 NFL players considered for the national award that was announced this past weekend. Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long was named the national recipient of the award prior to Super Bowl 53.
In 2018, Clark took part in the "My Cause, My Cleats" campaign when he wore specialty cleats to support Prison Fellowship and the Angel Tree® program. Since 1982, Angel Tree Christmas has delivered more than 11 million gifts and the Gospel message to the children of incarcerated parents, nationwide. The gift deliveries let the children know their incarcerated parent loves and has not forgotten them. Clark, himself, is an Angel Tree recipient.
Clark has been a very positive role model not only to children but also to his peers on the team. He exemplifies what it means to be a professional. Even though, coming into the NFL as the youngest player drafted by the Packers at 20-years of age, he has shown to be much wiser than his age shows. When time permits, Clark has dedicated his time back home in California, where he hosted his second annual youth football camp in July. His involvement in his home state is an extension of his involvement during his time at UCLA, when he would often work at the local children's hospital and youth football camps."
The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is given to the NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field as well as excellence on the field. As part of Clark's nomination, the NFL will donate $50K to Angel Tree.