Champions For Education

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Kids In Need Foundation's Champions For Education

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela, April 23, 2013 

Education empowers, transforms and inspires. As we navigate our ever-evolving world, filled with an unparalleled mix of new and  deep-rooted challenges, investment in education is the key to productively advancing our present, shared reality and for generations to follow.

We come together as Champions for Education to celebrate our collective passion for a fundamental vision that every child in America should have equal opportunity and access to a quality education.

Programming for the event will include a panel of subject matter experts and a roster of sports and entertainment champions sharing insightful dialogue and passion for education in the U.S. The event will be approximately 70 minutes in length.

Run of Show highlights will include:

COVID - Magnifying systemic issues within education

  • Jeremy Anderson • President, Education Commission of the States

The Achievement Gap

  • Justice Alan Page • NFL Hall of Famer/ Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient
  • Eric Gordon • CEO, Cleveland Metro Schools
  • Shaquille O'Neal • NBA Hall of Famer

Distance learning and the Digital Divide

  • Zeke Cohen • Councilmember, Baltimore City Council, 1st District & Former Teacher
  • Dr. Grenita Lathan • Interim Superintendent, Houston Independent School District
  • Mary McLaughlin • SVP , Community Impact and Engagement, Internet Essentials, Comcast
  • Calais Campbell • Baltimore Defensive End & 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year

Student Absenteeism

  • Hedy Chang • Executive Director, Attendance Works
  • Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent, Hartford Public Schools
  • Titus O'Neil • WWE Superstar

Teacher Salutes

  • Chrissy Metz • “This is Us” Actor
  • Courtney Jones • Founder, Clear The List Foundation

For more information about KINF, its mission, and programs, visit For those interested in supporting the organization's mission, please visit

Please email with any questions. Interested in supporting the event through a sponsorship? Please contact Suzanne Werdann at

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