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Away From Football, Nate Sudfeld And Family Helping Make A Difference In Uganda

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Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld and his family focus on helping others.

Sudfeld is only 22 years old, but he's already been to Uganda twice in support of Assist International, an organization founded more than 25 years ago by his grandfather.

Sudfeld first went there when he was 14 years old, and he followed that trip up with one in 2014, after his season with Indiana was ended prematurely due to an injury on his non-throwing shoulder.

"Looking back, I thought at the time I was a little too young to understand, but it shaped my world view and gave me a good perspective," Sudfeld told The Chicago Tribune's Philip Hersh, when speaking on his first journey to Uganda.

The primary mission of Assist International is to address "the needs of the world's most vulnerable people," like the people of Uganda.

During his second trip to Uganda, Sudfeld went with his parents along with his brothers and two sisters.

With a $25,000 donation from his brother Zach, a tight end with the New York Jets, Assist International was able to begin building the first of 10 homes for orphans.

The Sudfeld's were also instrumental in an orphanage and water project being created in Lira at a school, which housed 3,000 elementary to high school kids.

Sudfeld's experiences abroad helped him re-focused and realize that there's more to life than just football.

"When you're injured, you feel bad for yourself at first," Sudfeld said. "[In Uganda] you see there are bigger issues in the world than missing a few games."

Sudfeld added that he feels "like it's my responsibility to help others," while keeping perspective that a majority of life is lived off the field.

"Don't let a loss get me down too bad," Sudfeld said. "Obviously, make sure it never happens again, but make sure I keep a level head on my shoulders throughout the whole thing."

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