The Bradley and Nikki Bozeman Foundation, Inc. is a vehicle through which Bradley Bozeman and Nikki Hegstetter-Bozeman are able to advance their charitable endeavors – the elimination of childhood bullying, promotion of empathy and compassion, tolerance and acceptance through student engagement, education, and grass-roots community initiatives.
Bradley and Nikki met at the University of Alabama – both NCAA Division I starting athletic centers in their respective sports – Bradley a team captain and starting center of the National Championship Crimson Tide Football Team and Nikki a team captain and starting center the Tide’s women’s basketball program. Together Bradley and Nikki excelled in the classroom, on the court, and on the field – each reaching the pinnacle of collegiate athletic and academic success – national championships, bachelors degrees, masters degrees and for Nikki, magna cum laude graduate school honors – culminating in the 2018 NFL Draft where Bradley was selected by the Baltimore Ravens, an event that has served as a platform from which Bradley and Nikki resolved together to promote social change.
Bradley and Nikki want to make a difference in children’s lives and to do what they can – practical and reasonable to eliminate a disturbing trend that all-too-often serves as an impediment to academic success and in the extreme, results in self-injury and or injury to others. Their personal experiences are a well-spring from which they draw inspiration. Bullied as a child, Bradley was able to continue his youthful pursuits in the classroom and on the field because of the support he received from family; but sadly, Bradley’s example is not common.
These childhood experiences have given Bradley the strength and encouraged him to use his voice and his celebrity platform as a professional athlete to promote change which began in earnest after the completion of his 2017 collegiate football campaign when together Bradley and Nikki began scheduling school speaking engagements – sometimes two and three in a day where they spoke to school children about their personal experiences and how those experiences have shaped them, the dangers of bullying in any form, and the need for acceptance and tolerance. The Bradley and Nikki Bozeman Foundation remains committed to Bradley and Nikki’s vision of a better world for our children, one where academic and athletic pursuits are not slowed, altered, or halted because of childhood bullying.