“Playing the Super Bowl has been a dream of our band for a long time,” frontman Adam Levine told PEOPLE in a statement. “We thank the NFL for the opportunity and also to them, along with Interscope Records, for making this donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters, which will have a major impact for children across the country.” As part of the NFL’s #InspireChange social justice initiative, their commitment will help to create positive social changes for youth in communities across the country. Two weeks earlier, fellow halftime performer Travis Scott revealed that he had agreed to sign on for the high-profile event on the condition that the NFL would join him in a joint donation to a charitable cause. In partnership with the league, the “Sicko Mode” rapper will make a $500,000 contribution to Dream Corps, a non-profit organization that champions social justice. “I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott previously said in a statement to PEOPLE. “I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change.”
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The New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in Super Bowl LIII, which airs Sunday at 6:30 ET on CBS. Deion Sanders was not impressed with the NFL Draft this year after only one player from a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) was selected. The legendary football coach, who spent three seasons leading HBCU Jackson State, said he was “so proud” of his former player Isaiah Bolden, who the New England Patriots selected in the seventh round of this year’s draft. “You deserved to be drafted much higher but I’m truly proud of u. I know how much u want this,” Sanders continued.