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Najee Harris spoke to Graduates of the Pittsburgh Promise Program over the Weekend

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The Pittsburgh Steelers recently held a drive-in event for many graduates on Saturday. The Pittsburgh Promise promotes high educational aspirations among urban youth, funds scholarships for post-secondary access, and fuels a prepared and diverse regional workforce. In 2020 and 2021 schools have been dealing with Covid-19 and there have been many obstacles for students. It was hard being a Senior in High School because many functions have been canceled due to the pandemic so many Seniors didn't really have a good experience in regards to their senior year of high school.

During their drive-in function one Pittsburgh Steeler player showed up to speak to many of the graduates. He goes by the name of Najee Harris who is very committed to getting out into the community and helping out in a big way. Harris said after he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers he would like to get out into the Pittsburgh Community right away to help make a difference within his new NFL team's community. He has kept his word.

Najee Harris to the Pittsburgh Promise Graduates over the weekend: “This is the Steel City, so I know you guys have it in your blood to achieve, You’ve shown resilience, focus, commitment and unrelenting drive to become graduates."

Harris has had a rough childhood growing up, but he knows what it takes to overcome adversity. So he was a perfect guest speaker for many of the graduates over the weekend. The Pittsburgh Promise sent out a tweet recently saying the Howmet Aerospace Foundation and Gateway Health have given $1 million dollars in gifts to the Pittsburgh Promise Seniors.

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