San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman kicked off the holiday season by paying off thousands of dollars in school lunch debt for public school students.

On Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, he donated over $27,000 to clear the lunch debt for public school students in Washington state and California.

He recently gave a personal check to the principal of Cabrillo Middle School in Santa Clara, California, for over $7,000 to clear the cafeteria’s outstanding balance.

“Richard’s gesture created such goodwill for the 49ers that they went on to sack Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers the next day on national television by a score of 37-8,” principal Stan Garber posted on the school’s website on Nov.26.

The donation comes as Sherman also wrote a personal check for over $20,000 to Tacoma Public Schools in Washington to cover their students’ lunch debt.

“It’s the most generous thing to happen for these kids, there’s plenty in need and he didn’t neglect them, it was the perfect way to give back and help them,” Garber told ABC News. “It was the kindest most generous gesture.”

Garber said 60 students would no longer have lunch debt after Sherman’s contribution.

Since 2013, Sherman has “helped more than 70,000 people in carrying out their mission of providing students in low-income communities with school supplies and clothing so they can more adequately achieve their goals,” Brandon Parker, National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)‘s communications manager, said.

According to the NFLPA, which recently named Sherman their Community MVP.

“It’s truly an honor to be named NFLPA Community MVP,” Sherman said. “I was excited to help give these kids an opportunity to do something really special. We wanted to reward them for their hard work and dedication, and their excellence in academics.”


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