Excerpted from CalSports Report, 3/29/20
Elijah Hicks knows how it feels to want. To not have everything he needed. To be unsure what he was eating or where he was living next.
Now a rising senior safety on the Cal football team, Hicks also was taught by his parents to help others whenever he could.
And that’s just what he’s doing.
The 20-year-old, who founded a non-profit last year called Intercept Poverty, has banded with other college football players to help raise money for another non-profit, No Kid Hungry, which is helping to feed children across the country impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hicks originally had a stated goal of raising $10,000 and a private hope of reaching $20,000. As of Sunday morning, the fund had received donations totaling more than $30,000. That included $5,000 contributions by Cameron Jordan and Nick Sundberg, a pair of former Cal players now playing in the NFL. Cal Chancellor Carol Christ donated $1,000.
“Man, it feels really good to know that during these difficult times people want to help,” Hicks said in a phone interview. “I’m really thankful for the Cal fans and alumni and my coaches, the faculty, the chancellor.
“Everybody who’s part of the Cal family has supported me to the max. It’s helped me realize I really made the right decision (to attend Cal). It’s awesome. I’m excited to see where it goes.”