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Jamon Brown launches non-profit in effort to give back

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You might remember a couple of years ago when a small group which included Jamon Brown and Kevin Ware launched PURP -- "People Uplifting Real People" -- a group dedicated to helping young people find a purpose through community service and other programs.

Ware has since transferred to Georgia State, but Brown and the rest of the organization officially became a 501c3 nonprofit earlier this month. Now, the organizers can start approaching schools to start teams to partake in community service projects for the 2015-16 school year.

"Our goal is to get a movement of love basically spread across Louisville," Reynolds said. "When we did this on our own, we could only affect so many people. But with different teams, we can help and change more peoples' lives."

Jamon — who is entering the NFL draft at the end of the month — said he grew up in West Louisville and struggled through school, but once he found his purpose in football, he worked hard to continue on that track, improving his grades so that he could accept an offer to UofL.

At Ascension, he encouraged students to act similarly, working hard at what they want to do and treating people with compassion.

A student asked if Jamon will continue to be involved in PURP even after the draft, and the football player said he will, likely starting a team wherever he ends up.

"This is part of me," he said. "It's part of who I am. Wherever I go, it'll go with me."

The man can block, the man can sing, and the man is willing to give back. Triple threat.