Donation recipients with ties to social justice and an emphasis on education, community/police relations and criminal justice reform are in the final stages of being selected and will be announced at a later date, the team explained.
"For me, social justice is a big issue, especially in the community that I grew up in," Hicks said. "I feel like the best way to affect change is really working with the kids, the ones that can still be molded and conditioned into making proper choices. That's why I felt like education would be a big aspect of what we plan on doing here."
"It's been a good education," McCaskey said. "I've taken Sam's lead on a bunch of these adventures, I guess you would call them, visiting a couple prisons, going on a ride-a-long with the Chicago Police Department and looking at some of the initiatives that are happening in the community. It's been a real education for me."
The NFL and the Players Coalition finalized a partnership in May that dedicates close to $90 million for efforts and programs combating social inequality. The partnership aims to work closely with players, teams and other groups in a new and expanded community improvement program.