After announcing that Meek Mill and Meghan Trainor, along with Vic Mensa and Rapsody, would perform at this year’s NFL Kickoff concert Thursday night, we’ve also found out how Jay Z and the NFL plan on helping underserved communities. They’re writing really fat checks! The NFL’s Inspire Change arm will give $400k to two deserving kids organizations in the Chicago area.

On Wednesday, Vic Mensa and Rapsody will serve as NFL advocates and meet with a Chicago group called BBF, or Better Boys Foundation. The next day, and right before the Kickoff concert, Meek Mill and Mehgan Trainor will meet with the other recipient of the donated funds, a group called Crusher’s Club. Chicago is playing host to the season opening game between the Packers and the Bears.

Word is, the Inspire Change campaign plans on spreading the love and handing out checks all year long in cities with NFL teams. There are only 32 NFL teams, but making real moves to improve communities in need has to count for something – or at least Jay Z and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are hoping it does. They seem to have decided that community outreach without Colin Kaepernick, or even his tacit approval, will eventually win out, but only time will tell.

We’ll keep you up to date on what Jay Z and Roger Goodell are up to all season. Until the next time it drips…

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