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With all the negative news lately surrounding athletes and the NFL, it’s refreshing to be able to share a positive story like this…

Athletes who give back to their cities!

Joseph Barksdale, who in 2009, was drafted to the Oakland Raiders’ and is currently an Offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers’. However, born and raised in Detroit, the NFL’er has always believed it was his mission to give back to the city.  After graduating from Cass Tech, with honors, and Louisiana State University, that’s exactly what the pro-baller did!

Recently, Joseph launched a community service foundation called “Uplift 72”. The organization is aimed at high school aged children with the ultimate goal of developing students into well rounded people before they get to college in order to make the transition and their ultimate matriculation through college a more successful and productive experience.

The mission of Uplift 72 is to afford youth greater personal and professional opportunities by focusing on development in three key areas: academics, athletics, and community service.

Way to go Joe!

Check out his interview with Coco, from “Mason & Coco in the morning”

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You can find out more information about “Uplift 72”, on Facebook, Twitter and



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