Yours Humanly is pleased to announce that Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle #91, is our 2023 Leading With the Heart Honoree, and will be recognized at the 2023 Gift of Schooling Gala, March 18, for his work with the Armstead Academic Project, the nonprofit he founded dedicated to ensuring that every student, no matter their socioeconomic status, has direct access to the resources they need to thrive. The Armstead Academic Project supports students in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area on the premise that a ZIP code should not define student opportunity. The Yours Humanly Leading With the Heart Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their vision and leadership on behalf of children and youth. Accepting the award on Arik’s behalf will be Aila Malik, interim executive director of Armstead Academic Project.
In 2019, Arik founded Armstead Academic Project to provide youth with positive spaces, tools, and academic support to help unlock their potential, dream big, and achieve their goals. Along his journey to give back, Arik works with schools, hospitals, and organizations that serve young people. He donates toys and books during visits with patients at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. He hosts the popular “Storytime with Arik Armstead” for elementary school children, and provides educational field trips, visits to colleges, and after school tutoring for youth, always reminding them of the power of books and education.
Please join us on Saturday, March 18, at the Blackhawk Museum, to recognize Arik Armstead for his visionary work toward education equity. Purchase Gala tickets at GiftOfSchoolingGala.com.