Isaac Rochell earns $17,500 Charity Challenge donation from Nationwide
Los Angeles Chargers defensive end and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee will receive contribution to benefit The Do Good Foundation
Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell has the Chargers’ fan base, Bolt Fam, to thank for the $17,500 donation that will “Do Good” for Southern California communities. Rochell’s second-place finish in Nationwide’s sixth annual Charity Challenge earned him $10,000 but the contribution was nearly doubled when Chargers fans won an additional $7,500 on his behalf via a Challenge-related weekly contest. The contributions will benefit The Do Good Foundation, the nonprofit beneficiary of Rochell’s altruistic apparel line, Local Human.
The Do Good Foundation, co-founded by Rochell in 2020, believes in creating a better world, specifically by helping young people manage their mental health and create rich, fulfilling lives. The organization carries out this mission by providing support in the form of educational resources, financial support, mental support or simply positive influence.
“I’m so honored to be the Chargers’ Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. The Bolt Fam came out in numbers with their tweets and retweets and I couldn’t be more appreciative of them,” said Isaac Rochelle. “Along with Local Human, I look forward to making a difference in our community with the generous donation from Nationwide.”
Nationwide is the presenting sponsor of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award which is given to the player who demonstrates excellence on the field and in his community. Nationwide launched this year’s Charity Challenge last December to further elevate and promote the work that each of the 32 nominees are doing to improve the lives of others.
Fans were invited to vote for their favorite nominee by using that player’s unique hashtag on Twitter. The player who received the most votes by Jan. 17, 2021 received the $25,000 contribution. Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce finished first with more than one million uses of his hashtag. The $25,000 award will benefit Kelce’s Eighty-Seven & Running Foundation. Rochell’s fans used his hashtag nearly 600,000 times to earn $10,000 for The Do Good Foundation. Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons finished third with nearly 300,000 hashtag uses earning him a $5,000 contribution for the charity of his choice.
A new component of this year’s Charity Challenge was a four-week Twitter contest where fans who replied to Nationwide with their favorite nominee had a chance to win a prize for themselves and $2,500 for their favorite nominee’s charity. Isaac Rochell’s fans won three of the four weeks while a fan of New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis was the other winner, earning Davis $2,500 for a charity of his choice.
During the #WPMOYChallenge promotion, fans used the 32 different team nominees’ hashtags more than 2.1 million times.
The 2020 NFL season marks the seventh year of Nationwide’s sponsorship of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Since 2014, Nationwide has contributed more than $1.3 million to the charitable foundations represented by the various nominees.
The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide will be announced during the NFL Honors broadcast on Saturday, February 6, the eve of Super Bowl LV, at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
For more information on the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide, please visit www.nfl.com/manoftheyear.