WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NFLPA announced that Denver lineman Max Garcia has been named the NFLPA Community MVP for Week 4. Garcia helped organize disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm.
The third-year player out of the University of Florida also works to raise awareness and more contributions for the island by establishing his own fundraising website: www.maxgarciaphilanthropy.com.
Garcia said, “I’m very humbled to receive this week’s NFLPA Community MVP, after a catastrophic hurricane stormed through my mother’s homeland, raising awareness on the disaster it left was crucial for me. Unfortunately, during the aftermath of the hurricane, my grandfather Don Felix Romero passed away — making my desire to help in the relief efforts all that more urgent.”
He added, “Raising awareness takes little action,” Garcia continued. “Sometimes just the click of a button will cause others to invest in an opportunity that otherwise may have been missed. Thank you NFLPA for this recognition.”
The NFLPA will make a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or charity of choice along with an in-kind donation to him on behalf of our supporting partner Delta Private Jets in honor of Garcia being named this week’s Community MVP, Garcia, along with the other 2017 Community MVPs, will also become eligible for this year’s Byron Whizzer White Award, which is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player.
The NFLPA Community MVP program recognizes NFL players who are making a positive impact in their local communities. Each week during the regular season, the NFLPA will celebrate one NFL player* who has demonstrated a commitment to giving back to his community. Please visit our website to read more about the program as well as the current and past winners.
Previous 2017 Community MVPs:
Week 0: J.J. Watt (Houston Texans)
Week 1: Colin Kaepernick (Unsigned)
Week 2: Chris Long (Philadelphia Eagles)
Week 3: Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles)
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