As part of their Content for Change initiative, Showtime and Paramount Global have donated $300,000 to North Community High School, home of the student football team featured in the new “Boys in Blue” docuseries.
The four-part “Boys and Blue” docuseries spotlights North Community High and the players of its predominantly black football team during the 2021 season, a year after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. With Floyd’s racist murder as a backdrop, the students attempt to balance their goal of winning a state championship while seeking common ground with their team of coaches and mentors, made up of members of the Department of Minneapolis Police.
Through Content for Change, which aims to break narratives and structural racism, Showtime has partnered with Paramount Global to donate $300,000 to the high school, establishing a multi-year scholarship program.
“Through Content for Change, we’re committed to supporting powerful content and storytelling to shift narratives and create change like Showtime’s ‘Boys in Blue,'” said Crystal Barnes, senior vice president, social responsibility and environment. Social and Governance of Paramount. “We are also honored to help support community institutions and organizations such as North Community High School and Achieve Twin Cities that are positively impacting future generations.”
Over a six-year period, the scholarships will be awarded to 22 North Community High School graduating students, nominated for football players and students. Four $10,000 scholarships will be awarded early this year, and the school will receive an annual grant of $10,000, which will help fund school resources, including school supplies, extracurricular activities and field trips. The scholarships and grants will be distributed by the nonprofit Achieve Twin Cities Foundation.
“On behalf of the Polar football team and the North High School community, we are truly grateful for the financial investment in our young college students,” said Charles Adams III, North Community High School head football coach. . “We know that going to university is a dream for many but not always a reality. Thank you for helping our young Polars get closer to their dreams.
The finale of “Boys in Blue,” the first series designated Content for Change, airs Friday at 8 p.m. local time. All four episodes will be available on demand and on streaming platforms for Showtime subscribers.