Bradley and Nikki’s charitable journey began at the University of Alabama where Nikki, a 3-year starter on the woman’s basketball team and Brad, a 2-year starting center and team captain for Alabama’s stored football team balanced their athletic and graduate school portfolios with an active schedule of anti-bullying school visits. Together they traveled across the state, visiting with school children to discuss the dangers of bullying behaviors. Bullying hit home for Nikki and Brad, each of whom were ridiculed as kids for being different.
Make it Official
On January 9, 2018 Brad knew that the moment was perfect – Amid a shower of confetti and a sea of television cameras, he proposed – solidifying their beautiful partnership.
Brad was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens three months later and Nikki set to work. The NFL Draft gave Brad the chance to fulfill a life-long dream and Nikki the opportunity to chart a charitable course in their new hometown.
An alliance with Senator Bobby Zirkin, himself a champion of many and varied social justice cause and author of Graces Law 2.0, the most aggressive piece of youth-centered anti-bullying legislation in the nation was the catalyst for the creation of The Bradley and Nikki Bozeman Foundation. The Bozeman-Zirkin collaboration resulted in the creation of an anti-bullying school visit schedule that took Brad and Nikki across the State of Maryland for much of the 2018 and 2019 NFL seasons, culminating in a national campaign that took Brad, Nikki, and their message of tolerance and acceptance from Maryland to California where they visited with over 11,000 school kids.
Public Health Crisis
Communities at home in Baltimore and across the country were suffering. The on-going public health emergency had laid bare the heartbreaking reality that children and families across the country were waging a daily battle against food insecurity. Brad and Nikki participated in a July 2020 food security roundtable discussion hosted by philanthropist David Blair and attended by community leaders. The Bozeman Foundation took decisive action and created the SYNC Program (Supporting Your Neighbors and Communities).
Strengthening Our Communities, Together
SYNC was established by the Bradley and Nikki Bozeman Foundation to provide sustained support to struggling communities. The first SYNC food security hub was created at Baltimore’s Mount Pleasant Community Development Corporation and through its weekly drive-up non-perishable food distributions, homeless meals initiatives, and satellite food support has provided over 1,000,000 meals to hungry children and families throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. SYNC Mount Pleasant distributes 24,000 meals a week to over 400 households, each of whom receive a non-perishable food box to feed 3 meals a day toa household of 4 people for 5 days. The non-perishable food boxes are supplemented by fresh dairy, produce, and bread.
There is a food crisis in Baltimore City and its having a devastating effect on our communities. 24% of all Baltimore City households simply don’t have enough to eat and we need to do more to help them. In the coming months The Bradley and Nikki Bozeman Foundation’s SYNC Program will launch 5 satellite food distribution sites throughout Baltimore. And it will take more than 350,000 meals a day to bring Baltimore’s food security rate parallel with the 10.5% state and national average. But together we are stronger and can make a difference. Please consider joining Brad and Nikki in their campaign to tackle food insecurity in Baltimore!