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NFL veteran builds school with Helping Hands Jamaica

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM
NFL veteran linebacker, Stephen Tulloch left, and his mother, Mercedes Tulloch, are all smiles after they funded the construction of an infant school atLittle London,Westmoreland.

NFL Veteran linebacker Stephen Tulloch partnered with the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation to build an infant school in his mother's hometown of Little London, Westmoreland.

Tulloch, along with other NFL friends and several enthusiastic volunteers, rolled up their sleeves to work with Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation over three days to build a new infant school just a mile from his mother's childhood home.

"My family roots are in Jamaica. My dad was born in Kingston and my mom in Little London, just outside of Negril. By building this school, we will be able to not only positively affect the current students, but help provide a safe and effective learning environment for years to come for the children here," Tulloch said.

The new school will house up to 100 children and will include running water, to allow the students to have a kitchen and indoor bathrooms, which are not available at many schools in the area. It will have five classrooms, with desks, learning supplies, and an outdoor playscape. The building will be located next to the Little London Primary School to ease the transition for children as their education advances.

Tulloch has been a staunch supporter of children and causes throughout his 11-year NFL professional career. He launched the Stephen Tulloch Foundation in 2009 to help underprivileged youth when he was in Nashville, Tennessee by hosting camps and providing educational materials to the schools in the area.

Over the past six years, the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation has raised the funds to build 15 schools with the help of their local implementing partner, Food For The Poor.