BET Awards 2017 Honors Michael and Martellus Bennett
At the 2017 BET Awards on June 25th, Michael and Martellus Bennett were presented with the Shine a Light Award for their philanthropic efforts. Michael and The Bennett Foundation was recognized; in particular, Michael’s pledge to put his endorsement money towards helping girls and women get into STEM programs. Martellus is using profits from his jersey sales to benefit after school programs, and his company, The Imagination Agency, inspires kids to be creative.
“Brash, outspoken, leaders on and off the field, these brothers use their platform as Super Bowl champion athletes to impact minority communities,” said presenter Cari Champion as the brothers stood on stage.
Activist and Women’s March co-chair Tamika D. Mallory was also awarded the Shine a Light Award at this year’s ceremony. Past honorees have included Kenyatta Hents Ruffin, Marcus Duke, and Bivian Lee III.