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CodeCrew Scores Another Big Grant

4:33 p.m. Feb. 18, 2022

Students practice coding in a CodeCrew class. (Photo courtesy of CodeCrew)

Put another tally in the win column for CodeCrew. The nonprofit, which has been pulling in plenty of grants over the past couple of years as recognition for its outstanding programming, will be a recipient of Nike’s Black Community Commitment Grant.

“CodeCrew is proud to partner with Nike as a Black Community Commitment grantee to bring diversity and equity to computer science education to kids and young adults,” said CodeCrew executive director Meka Egwuekwe. “Nike understands that equity, economic empowerment, and social justice in the 21st century must include the kind of inclusive, innovative tech education that CodeCrew provides, and we very much appreciate Nike’s recognition and support.”

CodeCrew joins 43 local organizations from New York to Los Angeles, along with 10 national organizations, that are teaming up with Nike to advance equality and increase a collective service to the Black community.

This month, $2.75 million will be shared among organizations in seven U.S. cities — where Nike has a large presence — as part of the organization’s multi-year pledge made in 2020 to support national and neighborhood organizations that focus their efforts on improving economic empowerment, education innovation, and social justice for Black communities in the country. The pledge will see a combined $140 million invested in organizations over a 10-year period.

“Nike, Inc.’s purpose is to move the world forward — breaking barriers and building community to change the game for all. Our Black Community Commitment embodies this belief and drives how we are showing up to advance racial equality for Black people,” said Karol Collymore, senior director of inclusive community for social & community impact at Nike. “These strategic investments across the United States — at both the national and local levels — have the power to fuel transformative change, and we applaud each and every organization for their focus and passionate commitment to reach and uplift their community.”

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