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Seahawks' Michael Bennett Helping Girls in Africa Learn to Code

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Sports Editor
Updated: 29 June 2017
Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett announced a partnership with iamtheCODE, an Africa-led global movement that encourages S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and aims to develop one million women and girl coders by 2030.

The partnership between the Bennett Foundation and iamtheCODE will get 100 marginalized girls in Africa into S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs.

“I am truly excited to help these girls in Africa to learn how to code and gain technical skills through iamtheCODE,” Bennett said in a statement. “My wife Pele and I are very proud to support the building of solid tech training pipelines in communities in Africa.”

Promoting S.T.E.A.M. programs has been a long-term goal of Bennett’s. Earlier this offseason, he pledged to donate all of his 2017 endorsement money and half of the proceeds from his jersey sales to aid in the rebuilding of minority communities through S.T.E.A.M. programs and initiatives that impact women of color, according to Seahawks.com.

According to iamtheCode, more than 65 million girls in Africa are denied access to basic education. It is their goal to not only provide them with proper education, but create leaders and influencers in the technology field.

“Not having the chance to attend school at an early age and to have the opportunity to a formative education made me start this movement,” iamtheCode founder Mariéme Jamme said. “I believe strongly that we need to help correct the failure of policy makers by investing in girls and women through creative learning and technology.”