Sherman’s parents instilled the importance of the power of education into their children. That message stuck with the corner and has made education his primary passion. In 2017, Sherman partnered with Microsoft to donate $20,000 worth of technology including computers and printers to his high school alma mater.
Sherman continues to donate school supplies, food and clothing to thousands of underserved students each year, ensuring children can focus on their education. Highlights include 5,000 backpacks donated at the start of the 2017 school year – 3,700 were donated at the Blanket Coverage Community Day where Sherman hosted over 2,000 families for a free day of family fun including a hot meal. Over four years, Sherman has invited 8,000 students from low-income neighborhoods to an annual charity softball tournament and sent each home with a backpack full of essential items. In 2018, Sherman went a step further for 40 families, providing gift cards for future school supplies.
Just recently through the aid of social media, Sherman caught wind of a Pop Warner football team in Compton attempting to raise money for a National Youth Championship in Florida. Sherman responded to a tweet from Fox 11 Los Angeles and ultimately donated $5,000 to the team’s GoFundMe page to assist in “boarding, travel, transportation, activities and food” for the players.
Sherman’s efforts go beyond his hometown. A day after he was named the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Week 11 Community MVP, Sherman donated $7,000 to Cabrillo Middle School in Santa Clara to cover their outstanding cafeteria debt. A month prior, he donated nearly $23,000 to the Tacoma School District to relieve the lunch debt of students who are receiving free or reduced lunch.
Students aren’t the only beneficiaries of aid through Sherman’s foundation. Recognizing the housing crisis in California and Seattle, he has provided over 7,000 care packs in the last three years to the homeless and has adopted more than 160 families during the holidays since 2013. Last year, Sherman adopted youth homeless shelters in Seattle and San Jose, distributing everything from hygiene products and groceries to tablets and mattresses. Since 2014, Sherman has donated $500 gift cards annually for holiday meals to 25 low-income families during Thanksgiving.