My name is Ellis Wyms and I'm a former NFL Defensive Tackle and Super Bowl Champion, I am also the founder of the nonprofit Athletes For Computer Science (AFCS). Having been blessed with the incredible opportunity to have played in the NFL, my goal was to give back to my community once my playing days were over. My passion for sports is rivaled only by my lifelong passion for computer science and its ability to transform our lives in this modern age. I am also equally as excited about the opportunities that STEM industries can provide for our children’s future. Having children myself, I worry about the prospects they will have in the workforce of tomorrow. While those prospects often seem limited, especially for some of the more disadvantaged among us, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics has reported in 2019 that Out of 100 STEM occupations, 93% of them had wages above the national average with an average median hourly wage of $38.85. It is for these reasons that I seek to create an exciting introduction for kids to the world of computer science through AFCS as I truly believe STEM careers have the ability to uplift both our children and our communities.
The concerns I have for my children's future, coupled with my love for computer science and my platform as a former professional athlete, have driven me to start AFCS. Our nonprofit’s mission is simple; To provide underserved elementary students with the opportunity to receive computer science training in a fun and exciting environment completely free of charge. Here's how it works; our organization utilizes Code.org curriculum in a live virtual classroom setting to teach elementary students computer science principles to better prepare them for careers in technology. To help further engage students, AFCS partners with current and former NFL players and professional athletes to participate in these virtual classes and serve as mentors that help motivate and challenge these kids towards success. Furthermore, we partner with local universities to provide college students that are majoring in education to administer the program, giving our future educators some much needed real-world experience.
Your donations will help cover the cost of the development, administration, and delivery of the expansion of our program. Our goal is to offer this program to over thirty schools in 2020. By reaching this goal, we will have taught over 250 classes to more than 7,000 students. Anything you are able to give gets us one step closer to our goal and we deeply appreciate your help. Please share this link with friends and family and together we will come one step closer to preparing our kids and our communities for a bright tomorrow.
Thanks and God Bless!