Snoop Dogg raising money for youth American football league

The rapper is using a crowdfunding site to help fund the Des Moines youngsters

Rapper Snoop Dogg is looking to lend a hand to young footballers in Iowa, helping fund the City Urban Development American football league in Des Moines.

The ‘Doggy Style’ star launched the initiative last week via crowdfunding website Tilt, with a financial target set at $20,000 (£12,400).

Snoop Dogg – more recently known by his reggae moniker Snoop Lion – aims to use the money to purchase new helmets and equipment for the league.

The total raised so far stands at $6,000 – with $5,000 pledged by Snoop himself.

“I know the money raised by this Tilt campaign will provide these Des Moines youth with essential tools for success,” Snoop said of the news. “I’ve seen with my own eyes how these programmes can change lives. They go beyond the field, it teaches kids skills for life.”

This isn’t the first time Snoop has helped youth football in America either. A decade ago he launched the Snoop Youth Football League in LA, with the rapper himself enjoying a stint as coach.