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Philanthropist and NFL Offensive tackle, Kelvin Beachum supports the Vision to Create Cyber Black Belts with Donation to CyberShaolin
Pflugerville, TX, March 30, 2018 – Kelvin Beachum, a philanthropist, investor and NFL offensive tackle for the NY Jets, announced his $5000 donation to CyberShaolin at the commencement of his keynote at the IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Q1 symposium in Dallas on March 8, 2018.
CyberShaolin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 2015 by then 9-year-old Reuben Paul, aka The Cyber Ninja, with the help of his parents. Paul, now 12, was invited as a surprise, special speaker to the ITSMF Q1 Symposium after his co-keynote with the CIO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in August 2017.
Paul’s presentation centered on cyber security practices where he demonstrated live, hacking examples and reinforced the importance of educating the current generation in knowledge of cybersecurity dangers and defenses. To illustrate the advanced, current, tech generation and that any child can learn cybersecurity, he brought his 5- year-old brother, Ittai Paul, on stage. Together, they showcased a game on malware that Paul helped write using Scratch. Paul also spoke about his vision to create cyber “black belts” through the ongoing CyberShaolin educational content.
“As kids learn about cyber security, they will be tested and awarded badges and belts – like traditional Shaolin Kung Fu belts,” said Paul. Paul is a second-degree Shaolin Do Kung Fu Black Belt.
Beachum followed Paul’s keynote and announced his support of CyberShaolin with a donation of $5000. Beachum’s donation will help develop the Cyber Black Belt program, which includes the development of a learning management system, educational content development, and marketing and relationship building with schools, educational institutions and corporations.
“When you see an impressive individual like Reuben with a talent and passion for cybersecurity, and you see the potential of what he can create and achieve, you support it. I was inspired to feed into this young man,” said Beachum.
Beachum is the first individual to come forward to support CyberShaolin. Other donor organizations include the Linux Foundation, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Kaspersky Lab and Microsoft.
“I am very grateful to Mr. Beachum for his generous contribution to CyberShaolin, but even more excited that he saw the vision and the importance of investing in cyber security education for kids like me. Even if one child is cyber safe, because of something they learned through the CyberShaolin cyber Black Belt program, that would make me very happy,” said Paul.
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