New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater, cornerback Jason McCourty and safeties Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon are testifying in support of Massachusetts’ Education PROMISE Act on Friday.
Slater, Harmon and the McCourtys, all of whom are members of the Players Coalition, are at the Massachusetts State House to speak in front of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education.
The bill’s goal is to narrow the gap in funding between rich and poor communities. If passed, it could result in increasing education funding by over a billion dollars per year.
“It is our belief that we should do everything within our power the opportunity to have the same learning experience within our educational system,” Slater said at the State House, via The Boston Globe’s Nora Princiotti.
“Give everyone the chance for a level playing field,” Devin McCourty said, via the Boston Herald’s Kevin Duffy.
The McCourtys’ and Slater’s support of educational funding goes back to last summer.
The Players Coalition is an advocacy group made up of NFL players “with the collective goal of making an impact on social justice and racial equality at the federal, state and local levels through advocacy, awareness, education, and allocation of resources.”