Earlier this year, the Buccaneers linebacker pledged to match donations to The Trevor Project up to $100,000 — a donation goal recently achieved in full by a sizeable chunk of change from the NFL. Now, the player is going a (literal) step further for the queer advocacy nonprofit.
The annual “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative from the NFL prompts players to pick a charity cause to adorn their uniquely designed cleats. For the second year in a row, Nassib has chosen The Trevor Project to represent and donate to. This year’s design eschews the rainbow-laced 2021 design for an all-over Trevor Project orange.
Of the ~1700 currently active NFL players, Nassib is the only one to pick an LGBTQ-specific charity this year.
Even as the league’s sole representative in this area, he’s making a huge difference. OutSports reports that The Trevor Project’s total revenue has blown up following his endorsement. The year before his coming out, they reported a $29 million total revenue. By the end of the fiscal year following his coming out, the organization saw $52 million.
Nassib’s philanthropy isn’t limited to this one non-profit — or even just to himself. He’s recently released an app, Rayze, designed to match users with nonprofits volunteer opportunities, and charitable causes near them in a quick and accessible way.
“It was half a mile from a team of millionaires, and a family of billionaires,” he recounted to People. “And nobody knew that these kids, 14 year olds who were given Dr. Seuss books, were right there. So I left that day, and I was, like, ‘There needs to be an app…’”
The Rayze team is currently hosting a series of volunteering events each weekend called “SatuRayze” aimed at getting folks involved in their communities on a local level.
“My vision is just getting people up out of their houses and involved,” Nassib said. “It’s just the most rewarding thing ever — being of service to other people. It gives you a sense of accomplishment, of self-worth, as opposed to looking at social media all day, which is just so crippling to your self-esteem and self-image.
“We’re combatting all those negatives of social media by getting people out of their houses and giving back. It’s fun!”