After another successful Sleep Out event, Saquon Barkley raised a whopping $1,310,577 as of Friday to battle homelessness. Photo Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Nov 26, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) warms up before the game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Saquon Barkley’s philanthropic work giving back to the community recently raised a massive amount of money toward fighting youth homelessness.

A whopping $1,310,577 was raised as of Friday morning toward an issue that not only impacts many, but the New York Giants running back himself.

Growing up he and his family struggled with home security so being able to help means more to him.

Sleep Out is an event held each year on the MetLife Stadium turf where people splay out cardboard boxes and sleep for the night. For five years, Barkley has been the face of the effort to not only get young people off the streets but provide resources to prevent such things from happening.

“That was a past that, I guess I wasn’t really comfortable speaking out on, or grasping that that actually was a part of my life,” Barkley said told those participating in Sleep Out on Thursday night, via Bridget Hyland, NJ.com. “I just wanted to put it in the past. But no. That’s why I’m able to sit there and have these conversations with these young adults and listen to everything they’re saying. They hit home for me.”

The two-time Pro Bowler immediately teamed up with Covenant House New Jersey after he was drafted by the Giants in 2018.

“That was a past that, I guess I wasn’t really comfortable speaking out on, or grasping that that actually was a part of my life,” Barkley said to the room full of Sleep Out participants on Thursday. “I just wanted to put it in the past. But no. That’s why I’m able to sit there and have these conversations with these young adults and listen to everything they’re saying. They hit home for me.

“They help me more than I help them,” Barkley added. “Everyone knows I’m a competitor and what football means to me, but football is such a short period of your life. I’ve realized that at 25-26 years old, and now I’m able to have these conversations with these young adults and there’s so much more that’s going on in this world, and so much more that you can do outside of football. It brings me back to reality.”

[NJ.com]

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